ICWG I/IV: Robotics for Mapping and Modelling

Our Mission

The ISPRS Inter Commission Working Group (ICWG) I/IV focusses on the dual topics of robotics for mapping and mapping for robotics. With the increasing development of robotic platforms and autonomous vehicles, there are new opportunities for automatically mapping large indoor and outdoor environments. At the same time, these autonomous platforms require new types of accurate, up-to-date and navigable base maps at very large scales.

The ISPRS Inter Commission Working Group (ICWG) I/IV aims to promote the development of new methodologies, algorithms and data structures for applying robotics to urban modeling as well as indoor and outdoor mapping. It also promotes the research and development of new map representations supporting robotics and autonomous vehicle navigation. ICWG I/IV particularly addresses the derivation and updating of sustainable rural, urban and building models exploiting sensory input from a potentially large number of autonomous platforms and devices. A special focus will be placed on deriving high-quality environmental map representations from typical consumer-grade sensors present on autonomous platforms. For this purpose the ICWG I/IV aims at developing and implementing benchmarks for indoor mobile mapping and modeling. To this purpose, the WG works closely with the working groups of Commission I and IV and aims at establishing and strengthening contacts with the robotics community.

 

Working Group Officers:



Chair  

Stephan NebikerStephan Nebiker
Institute of Geomatics Engineering
FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
4132 Muttenz
Switzerland
+41 61 467 43 36

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Co-Chair  

Ville V. LehtolaVille V. Lehtola
Finnish Geospatial Research Institute
Geodeetinrinne 2
Masala
Finland
+358 40 5692583

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Co-Chair  

Nora TillyNora Tilly
Institute of Geography
University of Cologne
Albertus-Magnus-Platz
50923 Cologne
Germany
+49 0221 470 89653

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Secretary  

Wissam WahbehWissam Wahbeh
Institute of Virtual Design and Construction
FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
4132 Muttenz
Switzerland
+41 61 228 55 47

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Supporters

Key Support Personnel  

Edward VerbreeEdward Verbree
Delft University of Technology
The Netherlands

Key Support Personnel  

John Shi Wen-zhongJohn Shi Wen-zhong
Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong
+852 2766-5975

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Terms of Reference:

  • Address challenges in employing robotics for mapping and challenges in map representations for robotics and autonomous vehicle navigation
  • Assess robotic mapping platforms for indoor and outdoor environments
  • Evaluate localisation and mapping sensors for indoor and outdoor robotics
  • Investigate the use of on-board sensors of autonomous vehicles for mapping and map updating purposes
  • Research and apply spatial representations, data structures and database technologies for large scale mapping and map updating
  • Address the derivation and updating of sustainable urban and building models
  • Investigate the semantic enrichment of urban and indoor models, specifically for analysis and autonomous navigation purposes
  • Exploit synergies between indoor mobile mapping and building information modelling (BIM)
  • Investigate new robotic and indoor mobile mapping applications
  • Develop and implement indoor mobile mapping benchmarks
  • Establish and strengthen contacts with the robotics community