MDPI- ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

Special Issue "Unmanned Aerial Systems and Geoinformatics"

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have become increasingly popular in a variety of geospatial applications. Academia and the global market are overwhelmed with often repetitive and simplistic UAS solutions, even though there are many unresolved research issues that need to be dealt with before we can fully unleash their potential. The research community should take action in establishing “smart”, autonomous, and disruptive implementations. UAS and Geoinformatics can benefit mutually from their integration. Towards this end, this Special Issue is devoted to UAS research in terms of novel platforms, embedded systems, new sensors (such as novel LiDAR and hyperspectral scanners), algorithms, real-time and on-board processing, decision making through AI and deep learning, real-time image processing, pattern recognition, fleet management, collaborative robotic systems, internet of drones, 3D reconstruction optimization, oblique photogrammetry, added value in GIS applications, navigation in GPS-denied environments, autonomous navigation, and horizontal and domain specific custom-made systems. Applications span a wide spectrum, including the environment, mapping, the Earth system, disaster management, satellite remote sensing integration, large scale thematic remote sensing, transportation, agriculture, inspection, dynamic environments, search and rescue, cultural heritage, human migration, geotechnical applications, geology, infrastructure, security, business, etc. Disruptive methodologies, review papers, best practice studies, and novel applications will be appreciated.

Assoc. Prof. Panagiotis Partsinevelos
Assoc. Prof. Filiberto Chiabrando
Assoc. Prof.Fabio Giulio Tonolo
Assoc. Prof.Kevin W. Franke
Guest Editors


MDPI- DRONES

Special Issue "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Geomatics"

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) has boomed in the last decade, making these flying platforms an instrument for everyday data acquisition in different applications ranging from advanced autonomous navigation to monitoring of environmental parameters. Their flexibility and (relatively) limited costs have made them a valid alternative to traditional measurement techniques, such as land surveying or terrestrial and airborne acquisitions. This has been reflected by the incredible number of contributions in different scientific communities dealing with the use of UAVs.

This Special Issue aims at collecting the most recent developments in the use of UAVs in Geomatics. We welcome submissions dealing with different aspects of the scientific developments in this field, including algorithmic and hardware innovations as well as new methodological best practices. Studies conducted in adjacent domains, such robotics and computer vision, and having the navigation, mapping, and understanding of real world as a main topic are also welcome in this Special Issue.

A list of the relevant topics relevant for this Special Issue includes but is not limited to:

  • Image orientation and accurate georeferencing;
  • Autonomous navigation and obstacle sense and avoidance;
  • Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) and visual odometry;
  • 3D reconstruction from images and laser sensors;
  • 2D and 3D mapping with UAV data;
  • Semantic scene understanding from UAV images and videos;
  • On board sensors fusion;
  • Integration of UAV data with other data sources (LiDAR, airborne, satellite, SAR, etc.);
  • New platforms, payloads and instruments for Geomatics;
  • Online and real time processing/collaborative and fleet of UAVs applied to Geomatics and Remote Sensing’
  • Emerging applications such as the use of UAV for: Search & Rescue, precision farming, natural hazards and environmental monitoring and mapping, change detection, infrastructure monitoring, etc.;
  • Technological challenges and new applications of UAVs;
  • UAV Regulations.

This Special Issue will also feature selected papers from the UAV-g 2019 conference and the EGU 2019 session on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and Geosciences. Authors wishing to have their work considered for this issue, including those not able to present at the conference, should contact the Guest Editors.

Dr. Francesco Nex
Dr. Daniele Giordan
Dr. Ewelina Rupnik
Guest Editors


MDPI- REMOTE SENSING

Special Issue "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Geomatics"

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) has boomed in the last decade, making these flying platforms an instrument for everyday data acquisition in different applications ranging from advanced autonomous navigation to monitoring of environmental parameters. Their flexibility and (relatively) limited costs have made them a valid alternative to traditional measurement techniques, such as land surveying or terrestrial and airborne acquisitions. This has been reflected by the incredible number of contributions in different scientific communities dealing with the use of UAVs.

This Special Issue aims at collecting the most recent developments in the use of UAVs in Geomatics. We welcome submissions dealing with different aspects of the scientific developments in this field, including algorithmic and hardware innovations as well as new methodological best practices. Studies conducted in adjacent domains, such robotics and computer vision, and having the navigation, mapping, and understanding of real world as a main topic are also welcome in this Special Issue.

A list of the relevant topics relevant for this Special Issue includes but is not limited to:

  • Image orientation and accurate georeferencing;
  • Autonomous navigation and obstacle sense and avoidance;
  • Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) and visual odometry;
  • 3D reconstruction from images and laser sensors;
  • 2D and 3D mapping with UAV data;
  • Semantic scene understanding from UAV images and videos;
  • On board sensors fusion;
  • Integration of UAV data with other data sources (LiDAR, airborne, satellite, SAR, etc.);
  • New platforms, payloads and instruments for Geomatics;
  • Online and real time processing/collaborative and fleet of UAVs applied to Geomatics and Remote Sensing’
  • Emerging applications such as the use of UAV for: Search & Rescue, precision farming, natural hazards and environmental monitoring and mapping, change detection, infrastructure monitoring, etc.;
  • Technological challenges and new applications of UAVs;
  • UAV Regulations.

This Special Issue will also feature selected papers from the UAV-g 2019 conference and the EGU 2019 session on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and Geosciences. Authors wishing to have their work considered for this issue, including those not able to present at the conference, should contact the Guest Editors.

Dr. Francesco Nex
Dr. Daniele Giordan
Dr. Ewelina Rupnik
Guest Editors

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