Universität Innsbruck


Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2015

Close Range Sensing Techniques in Alpine Terrain

Obergurgl (Austria), 5.7.2015-11.7.2015

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University of Innsbruck, Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)

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The main goal of the Joint Summer School 2015 is to provide students with innovative practical and methodological skills to characterize complex terrain and object features using close- and near range remote sensing techniques.

Teaching Methods
Theoretical lectures will be complemented by fieldwork assignments and hands-on data processing sessions using different novel softwares. The assignments will be divided into two different tracks. One track will focus on mountain research, the other on sensor and data processing techniques.

A variety of sensor systems will be available for data acquisition in the high mountain surroundings of the summer school venue, including terrestrial laser scanners, unmanned aerial vehicles and spectral cameras.

A poster session on the participants' current research interests and work will stimulate open exchange and discussion between students and lecturers in a relaxed atmosphere.

Thematic focus
will be on mountain research, and will include vegetation characterization, (deformation) monitoring for glaciology, geomorphology and natural hazard research.

Technical focus
will be on sensor and data aspects, such as sensor modelling, calibration, data acquisition, 2D and 3D data fusion, geometric methods for information extraction from point clouds and (multispectral) images and data quality assessment.

Theoretical focus
will address critical steps within a processing chain, such as impact of a registration method, choice of stand points during data acquisition and derivation of deformation vectors, issues related to multispectral image analysis etc.

Practical exercises
using predominantly open source software, deepen the conveyed knowledge and help all participants establish a workflow for their research.

The Summer School will take place in and around Obergurgl, at almost 2000 m the highest village in Austria. The main venue is the Obergurgl University Center. Here lectures will take place and accommodation and food is provided to all participants. Directions will be available via the website.

Obergurgl. Image copyright: Ötztal Tourismus; Photographer: Alexander Lohmann

Intended Audience
This summer school is designed for any well-motivated student; advanced graduate students, PhDs, post-docs and young researchers from any field, provided they have interest in these type of techniques.

When? 5.7.2015-11.7.2015

Where? Obergurgl University Center (Obergurgl, Austria)

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Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
Institute of Geography
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International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
Technical Commission V: Close-Range Imaging, Analysis and Applications
Working Group V/3: Terrestrial 3D Imaging and Sensors
Working Group III/2: Point Cloud Processing

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Christian Körner (University of Basel, Institute of Botany)
  • Prof. Hans-Gerd Maas (TU Dresden, Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing)
  • Prof. Norbert Pfeifer (TU Vienna, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation)
  • Dr. Fabio Remondino (Bruno Kessler Foundation, 3D optical Metrology Unit)
  • Assoc.Prof. Paolo Tarolli (University of Padova, Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry)

Organisational Committee

  • Prof. Johann Stötter (University of Innsbruck, Institute of Geography)
  • Dr. Martin Rutzinger (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research; University of Innsbruck, Institute of Geography)
  • Dr. Rudolf Sailer (University of Innsbruck, Institute of Geography)
  • Ass. Prof. Dr. Roderik Lindenbergh (TU Delft, Dept. of Geoscience & Remote Sensing)
  • Prof. Marco Scaioni (Politecnico di Milano )
  • Dr. Francesco Pirotti (University of Padova, CIRGEO Interdepartmental Research Center in Geomatics, TESAF Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry)
  • Jun.-Prof. Bernhard Höfle (Heidelberg University, Institute of Geography, GIScience; Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE))
  • Ass. Prof. Dr. Sander Oude-Elberink (University of Twente, ITC - Faculty of Geo-Information and Science and Earth Observation, Department of Earth Observation Science)

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