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You are cordially invited to the 2015 International Conference on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Geomatics UAV-g 2015. This is the third event of the series of UAV-g Conferences following the very successful meetings in 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland and in 2013 in Rostock, Germany.

The aim of UAV-g 2015 is to bring together experts in photogrammetry and remote sensing, surveying, robotic mapping, computer vision, artificial intelligence, aerospace engineering, geosciences and various users’ communities.

Using small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) as data acquisition platforms and measurement instruments has become attractive for many emerging applications.

It is a great opportunity to learn about the most recent developments and to exchange views on the future directions of UAV in geomatics research, applications and services.

Researchers, developers, service and systems providers as well as users are invited to contribute with presentations, posters, exhibitions, live demonstrations and discussions to create synergies between research and applications using UAV in Geomatics

News

UAV-g 2015 Proceedings

Both Volumes (Archives and Annals) are now online available on the ISPRS webpage.

Annals Volume II-1/W1 Archives Volume XL-1/W4


UAV-g 2015 Conference Program has been posted
Link to Conference Program


Preliminary Program (19-AUG-2015) has been posted
Link to preliminary program


Instructions for the sUAS technology demonstration at Markham Airport
Link to Instructions


Guidelines for oral presentations and sessions chairs
Link to Guidelines


Instructions for Exhibitors at the York University venue
Link to Instructions


Guidelines for poster presentations has been posted.
View document here


A detailed Program Overview has been posted


Early bird registration registration extension

12 July 2015 (new date)


Final full papers due

5 July 2015 (new date)


Final full papers due

25 June 2015 (new date)


Notification of acceptance

18 May 2015 (new date)


Tutorials / Workshops decision

Extended to May 31, 2015


Tutorials / Workshops submission deadline

Extended to May 15, 2015


Abstract Submission deadline

Extended to April 15, 2015


Full papers (for ISPRS annals)

15 March, 2015 (extended to 31 March 2015)


First Call for Papers and important dates

5 December 2014


Call for Tutorials / Workshops

20 November 2015


Announcement of the UAV-g 2015 International Conference

20 June 2014

Past Events

UAV-g 2011, Zurich, Switzerland

UAV-g 2013, Rostock, Germany

Important Dates

Final full papers due

25 June, 2015 (extended to 5 July 2015)


Full papers (for ISPRS annals)

15 March, 2015 (extended to 31 March 2015)


Abstracts (for ISPRS archives)

31 March, 2015 (extended to 15 April 2015)


Notification of acceptance

18 May, 2015


Final full papers due

25 June, 2015 (extended to 5 July 2015)


Early-bird registration by

30 June, 2015 (Extended to 12 July 2015)

Call for Papers

The aim of UAV-g 2015: sUAS: a disruptive technology for geomatics is to bring together experts in photogrammetry and remote sensing, surveying, robotic mapping, computer vision, artificial intelligence, aerospace engineering, geosciences and various users’ communities. Researchers, developers, service and systems providers as well as users are invited to contribute with presentations, posters, exhibitions, live demonstrations and discussions to create synergies between research and applications using UAV in Geomatics.

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit their paper contributions on the following topics:

Platforms, payloads and instruments for photogrammetry and remote sensing Navigation and position/orientation determination
Dense image matching and surface reconstruction 3D reconstruction from oblique images
3D reconstruction from range sensors Simultaneous localization and mapping
Cooperative UAV/UAV and UAV/UGV systems Low altitude thematic remote sensing and environmental mapping
Obstacle sense and avoidance On-line and real-time processing
Sensor and data fusion Monitoring, tracking and change detection
Technology challenges and applications Regulations

Abstract / Paper Submissions

The conference papers will be accepted based on either extended abstract or full paper submissions.

Full Paper Submission
Authors may submit a full paper of maximum 8 pages. The paper will undergo a double blind peer review process. Accepted papers will be recommended for oral presentation and will be published in the ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. Rejected papers will be considered based on the abstract review process.

Note: Accepted papers will be included in the conference program, the conference proceedings and be considered for the post-conference publication only if at least one author per accepted paper is registered for the conference. A registered author can present up to two papers. Additional papers required additional registrations

Extended Abstract Submission
Authors may submit an extended abstract of about 1000 words. All abstracts will be reviewed by the program Committee. The authors of accepted abstracts are invited to submit a full paper in accordance with the ISPRS guidelines. These papers will be recommended for oral or poster presentation based on the suitability of the contribution. Final papers will be published in The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences.

Post-conference publication opportunity
A special theme issue on sUAS in geomatics is planned for the Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, the official journal of Unmanned Systems Canada. Authors of the conference papers are invited to consider submitting an extended and revised version of their papers for this special publication.
For more details, please contact David Bird, Editor, Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, at david.bird@mcgill.ca nrcresearchpress.com/journal/juvs

Program

Keynote Speakers

University of Denver

York University

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) share many of the same problems and solutions as those encountered with unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV’s): they operate at some distance from human command and control, they operate in a complex six degree of freedom environment, and small errors in hardware, software or control can result in catastrophic failure of the vehicle. This talk describes AQUA, an autonomous amphibious robot developed through a collaboration between York and McGill. A swimming hexapod, this robot is self-contained for power and control, utilizes onboard inertial measurement and vision for sensing, and is capable of extended operations to 30m of depth and is also capable of the transition from aquatic operation to operating on land. Current solutions to a range of technical problems related to visual odometry, environmental modelling, gait synthesis and overall vehicle control will be presented.

David Bird

WILDLIFE RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY
David M. Bird, Avian Science and Conservation Centre, McGill University, 21,111 Lakeshore Road, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec H9X 3V9 david.bird@mcgill.ca

Small unmanned vehicle systems (UVS), formerly exclusive to militaries, are rapidly advancing in sophistication and availability to civilians. Ranging from hand-launched autonomous airplanes to terrestrial robots to underwater machines, they are increasingly being employed in such areas as agriculture, emergency services, meteorology, oceanography, geophysics and film-making. Another area that shows great potential for the applications of UVS and associated markets is wildlife research and management. Applications being carried out in various regions of the world today include monitoring breeding, wintering and migrating populations of colonially nesting birds, spawning salmon and orangutans, mapping breeding habitat of endangered species, tracking threatened caribou and polar bears in the far north, examining nest contents of raptorial birds breeding in inaccessible locations, and deterring poachers in Africa. As technology and industry continue to develop and the regulatory procedures begin to loosen, we anticipate an ever-widening range of applications to surface in this field. Some examples include underwater tracking of foraging aquatic birds, detecting signals from songbirds bearing radio-transmitters, surveying nest contents of underground burrows of birds and mammals, and dispersing nuisance birds. This presentation will attempt to explore possible applications of UVS of all types and sizes to help meet the needs of today’s wildlife biologists and managers and to delve into the limitations faced by those wishing to utilize UVS in terms of costs, size, practicality in the field, regulations, etc.

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Demonstration day

Outdoor technical exhibition and demonstrations of small UAV systems are scheduled for Tuesday September 1, 2015 at Markham Airport located approximately 30 km north east of York University. This is a great opportunity for live flight demonstrations of the UAV platforms to the participants of the conference.


The live flight demonstration day event guidelines and parameters have been approved by Transport Canada. Participants are required to have a valid Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) for this event obtained from Transport Canada. The SFOC should incorporate the approved by Transport Canada UAV-g 2015 demonstration event guidelines and parameters document.


For further information and details for the live demonstrations please contact Costas Armenakis, Conference Chair (uavg2015@yorku.ca)


For exhibition details and packages please see at: Exhibit Prospectus. Consult the conference exhibition web page and contact the conference organizers.

Registration

Before 31 July 2015

After 12 July 2015


Participants:

$500

Participants:

$650


Full time students and seniors*:

$300

Full time students and seniors*:

$300


CIG Members:

$400

CIG Members:

$500


Conference dinner:

$50

Conference dinner:

$50


Demonstration day daily passes*

Tutorials / Workshops


Regular daily pass:

$100

Full day:

$200


Full time students and seniors*:

$50

Full day student:

$150


Half day:

$150

Half day student:

$100

Committees

Conference Chair

Costas Armenakis

York University, Canada


Programme Committee


Babak Ameri

Geosys Technology Solutions, Canada

Goetz Bramesfeld

Ryerson University, Canada

Ismael Colomina

GeoNumerics S.L., Spain

Christoph Eck

Hochschule Luzern, Switzerland

Henri Eisenbeiss

City of Winterthur, Switzerland

Naser El-Sheimy

University of Calgary, Canada

Görres Grenzdörffer

Rostock University, Germany

Norbert Haala

Stuttgart University, Germany

Ayman Habib

Purdue University, USA

Christian Heipke

Hannovery University, Germany

Franceso Nex

Fondatione Bruno Kessler, Italy

Petros Patias

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Bruce Quirk

US Geological Survey, USA

Fabio Remondino

Fondatione Bruno Kessler, Italy

Ahmed Shaker

Ryerson University, Canada

Jan Skaloud

EPF Lausanne, Switzerland

Gunho Sohn

York University, Canada

Rune Storvold

Norut, Norway

Charles K. Toth

The Ohio State University, USA

Jinling Wang

University of New South Wales, Australia

Patrick Ménard

Centre de géomatique du Québec, Canada

Taejung Kim

Inha University, South Korea

Jiann-Yeou Rau

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Sylvie Daniel

Université Laval, Canada

YangQuan Chen

University of California, Merced, USA

Ou Ma

New Mexico State University, USA

Xianfeng Huang

Wuhan University, PR China

Xiangyun Hu

Wuhan University, PR China

Jerome Theau

Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

Local Organizing Committee


Sunil Bisnath

York University, Canada

Kim Flear

York University, Canada

Baoxin Hu

York University, Canada

Lucie Lebrun-Ginn

Canadian Institute of Geomatics

Julien Li-Chee Ming

York University, Canada

Ravi Persad

York University, Canada

Gunho Sohn

York University, Canada

Florin Savopol

Natural Resources Canada

Mojgan Jadidi

York University, Canada

Dennis Sherman

York University, Canada

Connie Ko

York University, Canada

Miguel Ocampo-Gooding

Webmaster

Sponsorships

The aim of UAV-g 2015: sUAS: A Disruptive Technology for Geomatics is to bring together experts in photogrammetry and remote sensing, surveying, robotic mapping, computer vision,artificial intelligence, aerospace engineering, geosciences and various users’ communities.

Researchers, developers, service and systems providers as well as users are invited to contribute with presentations, posters, exhibitions, live demonstrations and discussions to create synergies between research and applications using UAV in Geomatics

The conference organizers of the UAV-g 2015 are seeking sponsors and industrial support for delivering a high-quality event in terms of activities, such as invited speakers, poster paper awards, field day and social events.

Various sponsorship packages are available that will provide excellent opportunities to promote your company and organization and ensure a high degree of exposure to the conference delegates.

Exhibition

The aim of UAV-g 2015: sUAS: A Disruptive Technology for Geomatics is to bring together experts in photogrammetry and remote sensing, surveying, robotic mapping, computer vision, artificial intelligence, aerospace engineering, geosciences and various users’ communities. Researchers, developers, service and systems providers as well as users are invited to contribute with presentations, posters, exhibitions, live demonstrations and discussions to create synergies between research and applications using UAV in Geomatics.

The Exhibition will provide an opportunity for companies and organisations to highlight their products and services, and promote their interest to professional delegates.

The exhibition will open on Monday August 31, 2015 at 10:30 and will be closed on Wednesday September 2, 2015 at 16:30. The exhibition during the demonstration date at the airfield on Tuesday September 1, 2015 will open at 10:00 and close at 15:00.


without Tax
with Tax

Exhibition and Demonstration at Airfield venue only
$750
$847.50

Exhibition at both YorkU and Airfield venues
$1000
$1130

Exhibition at the YorkU venue only
$500
$565

Exhibitor’s benefits

Welcome reception, lunches and morning and afternoon health breaks will be held in the exhibition area. This will enable better interaction between the exhibitors and the conference delegates.

Exhibition rental fees include:

  • 3 Complimentary Guest passes to the Exhibit areas.
  • 2 Exhibitors’ registrations, which include lunches and health breaks.
  • For the York U venue: One 1.83 m x 0.76 m (6’ x 30”) skirted table, two chairs, wireless internet access and access to power outlet(s).
  • For the airfield venue: One 1.83 m x 0.76 m (6’ x 30”) table, tent canopy and demonstration time. For the demonstration the proper permission(s) must have been obtained from Transport Canada.

Special exhibition rates will be considered for educational institutions and non-for-profit organizations. Please contact us if your institution or organization wishes to exhibit.

Venue

Venue


York University
4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3
(416) 736-2100
uavg2015@yorku.ca

The conference will be held in the Life Sciences Building, building #90 in the YorkU Keele Campus map.

The on-campus accommodation Executive Learning Centre is building #94 in the YorkU Keele Campus map

Accomodation

On Campus Accommodation
York University Keele Campus


Executive Learning Centre
Schulich School of Business
York University
http://elc.schulich.yorku.ca

Guests can make room reservations via email (reservations@schulich.yorku.ca) or by phone (416-650-8300), unfortunately, there is no online booking option. When booking, please mention the UAV-g 2015 Conference, and use the booking confirmation number 601809. The rate is $149.00 CDN plus 13% HST tax per night, and includes an upscale continental breakfast.


Off Campus Accommodation
Downtown Toronto


Travel to York University from Toronto downtown
From Toronto downtown locations take Subway Line 1 (Yonge-University) to Downsview Station.
At the Downsview Station transfer (same ticket) to Bus 196 York University Rocket Express to York University.
Approximate travel time from Toronto downtown to York University: about 40-45 minutes.


Toronto Transportation Maps and Information

Contact Us

Visit us for updates. More information and details of the event will be posted as they become available.
Email: uavg2015@yorku.ca

UAV-g 2015 is organised by the ISPRS ICWG I/Vb on Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS): Sensors and Applications and is hosted by the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University. Visit their website atlassonde.yorku.ca.