Geomatics Engineering Seminar
"Geomatics Engineering as an Enabling Technology for Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Background and Forward Outlook"
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
9:30am - HAMP 1252
Geomatics Engineering is the science of collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, especially instrumental data, relating to the Earth’s surface. In the last few decades, Geomatics Engineering has witnessed several technological advances in the areas of passive and digital imaging systems (e.g., low-cost and medium-format digital cameras as well as laser scanning systems), direct georeferencing systems (e.g., integrated Global Navigation Satellite Systems and Inertial Measurement Units), and mobile mapping systems (e.g., mapping using sensory data captured by mobile platforms on space, airborne, and terrestrial vehicles). These advances had a tremendous impact on the capability of geomatics to address the needs of the traditional mapping community. In the meantime, the increased accessibility to geospatial and non-geospatial sensory data made geomatics an enabling technology that is capable of satisfying the needs of a wide range of applications beyond the traditional topographic mapping.
In this talk, the speaker will cover his past experience in the utilization of passive and active digital imaging systems for geospatial and non-geospatial mapping/modeling applications. The potential opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers across campus to bring together expertise in remote sensing, GIS, and others, and to expand the scope of potential applications in several fields will be discussed. Finally, the talk will provide a vision of what it takes to have an educational program for undergraduate and graduate students capable of addressing the needs of a wide range of engineering, environmental, and health-related measurement and monitoring applications through both instructional thrusts and pushing the research frontiers.