The Ontario Association of Remote Sensing (O.A.R.S) has, since 1972, served to educate, communicate, and facilitate on a wide variety of remote sensing and geomatics topics. The membership is composed of small business, industrial, and educational members providing for an insightful exchange of ideas.
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OARS Technical Presentation Dec 12, 2013
Date: December 12, 2013 [ Thursday ]
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Room MON316, Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson University,
Monetary Times Bldg., 341 Church St. [ corner of Gerrard St.], Toronto.
Dr. Gunho Sohn,
Associate Professor of Geomatics Engineering,
ESSE Department, York University.
Title From Point Clouds to 3D Augmented Urban Space Models
In recent years, the urban ICT (Information and Communication Technology) such as digital media, ubiquitous computing, urban screen, mobile and wireless communication technologies and internet is rapidly modifying city living. The augmented city is a modern definition of urban spaces where “virtual” and “physical” spaces are no longer two separate dimensions, but just parts of a continuum, of a whole The “virtual” urban space (digitally enhanced space) is a digital environment where the urban ICT is connected to “physical” urban space. Modeling of augmented urban space is an emerging technology to aid the human being’s physical-virtual (digital) intersection through the awareness of their locations (sense of belonging to place) on the global level, but also on a very local scale. This location awareness does not only mean having knowledge of “where we are”, but also the ability to perceive or to be conscious of objects, events and patterns of surrounding environments with respect to “where we are”.
3D urban models are a virtual replica of the “physical” urban spaces that digitally reproduce all the urban objects with a semantically enriched polyhedral world. Producing accurate and photorealistic urban models play critical roles to tightly interface physical and virtual urban spaces. This talk will introduce emerging concept of augmented urban spaces and its applications and overview underlying technologies. In particular, this presentation will concentrate on fundamentals and the state-of-the arts to automatically reconstruct 3D urban models including building rooftops, facades, single trees, power lines and indoor space modeling from point clouds and introduce its recent benchmarking test conducted by ISPRS WGIII/4. The presentation also presents recent works to model augmented urban spaces and spatial awareness and discuss its limitations and future research directions.
Events of Interest to Members
The following events may be of interest to members:
The augmented city is a modern definition of urban spaces where “virtual” and “physical” spaces are no longer two separate dimensions, but just parts of a continuum. Dr Gunho Sohn will speak to OARS about his recent work From Point Clouds to 3D Augmented Urban Space Models
When: Dec 12, 2013 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Ryerson University, Monetary Times Bldg, Room 316, 341 Church Street, Toronto, Canada
The Joint Conference is an effort to bring together professionals, researchers, scientists, and students from the international community of geospatial information sciences and geomatics engineering to advances in geospatial information science, technology and practice. Abstract deadline is Feb 1, 2014
When: Oct 6, 2014 Oct 8, 2014
Where: Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, 525 Bay St., Toronto, Canada
Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014 is a three-day conference, March 3-5, 2014, in Ottawa focusing on fostering a dialogue among key stakeholders in the Canadian Geomatics and Geospatial Intelligence community around bolstering Canada’s national interests, security, and economy
When: March 3, 2014 March 5, 2014
Where: Geospatial Advancement Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Kevin Bowman from JPL, Caltech will speak about Observational Constraints on Climate Forcing: Perspectives From Satellites, Models, and Assimilation
When: January 28, 2014 3:30pm
Where: Bahen Centre, Rm 1130, University of Toronto, 40 St. George Street, Toronto, Canada
The Ottawa GoGeomatics Group meets each month to talk about jobs and business opportunities in Ottawa. As well we all just love to talk surveying, GIS and remote sensing. It's a informal get together where we have a pint and and network. Let us know you're attending on our Ottawa Meetup Group!
When: November 27, 2013 6:00 pm
Where: GoGeomatics, Ottawa, Canada
Everyone is welcome these are free events with geomatics businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals, students. Mingle with your colleagues and make new friends. You never know when your next contact is going to turn into a business opportunities or job possibility. See you at the next Toronto GoGeomatics Group social. Let us know you're attending on our Toronto Meetup Group!
When: November 29, 2013 7:00 pm
Where: GoGeomatics, Toronto, Canada
News of Interest to Members
The following news items may be of interest to members:
Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014
Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014 is a three-day conference, March 3-5, 2014, in Ottawa focusing on fostering a dialogue among key stakeholders in the Canadian Geomatics and Geospatial Intelligence community around bolstering Canada’s national interests, security, and economy.
Main themes are:
- Using remote sensing and UAV technology for natural resource exploitation and environmental management
- Integration of defense, security forces, ISR, crisis management and emergency response to deliver a unified concept, plan and effective operation
- Understanding the impact of open data, big data, social media, cloud and open source technology on Geomatics and Geospatial Intelligence
- Coordinating international, multinational and interdepartmental cooperation and interoperability
- Enhancing workforce skill requirements and achieving leadership buy-in
For more information visit conference website
Early registration deadline has been extended to dues paying OARS members to Dec 13, 2013. After deadline dues paying OARS members are eligible for a 10% discount, use discount code GEO14OARS
Use this link to take you to the registration page and automatically populate the promo code box
Paid up OARS University faculty and staff are able to obtain government discount.
For registration assistance please call Ellen Rapoport – Tel: 646 200 7482
$500 GIS Student Bursary and 1 year Membership from URISA Ontario
URISA Ontario (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) offers an annual $500 GIS bursary.
- The bursary will be awarded to the top submission at the URISA Be Spatial Annual General Meeting on April 28, 2014 at the University of Guelph.
- Top ten submissions will receive a complimentary one year student membership to URISA Ontario.
- Opportunity for students to be recognized in the field of GIS
- Includes 1 year Membership from URISA Ontario
- Deadline is January 31, 2014
For details please visit our student bursary offering page here
Call for papers IGARSS-2014 / 35th CSRS 13-18 July 2014 Québec City, Canada
CRSS-SCT and IEEE GRSS are pleased to be partnering in co-hosting this joint Symposium. The International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) is the largest international remote sensing conference in the world, and the Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing (CSRS) is the longest running national remote sensing symposium series in the world. Call for Papers is now available here
Abstracts deadline is 13 January 2014.
Student Awards, 34th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing
The Ontario Association of Remote Sensing sponsored the "Best Student Posters" at the 34th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, with $100 going to the Best Poster and $50 to the runner-up. The recipients are:
1st Tyson Carswell (University of Victoria). “Satellite Imagery to Determine Spring Phytoplankton Bloom Dynamics for Fisheries Management in the Strait of Georgia, Canada”.
2nd D. Raja Yarra (Brock University). Recognition of Hydrothermal alteration using airborne Hyperspectral Imagery and Gold Favourability Mapping in the Hope Bay Volcanic Belt, Nunavut.
Tyson is doing a Master’s and Raja is an undergraduate.
York University to celebrate innovative research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering
York University in Toronto will be hosting a series of research celebrations over the next few months to showcase and recognize innovative research underway in each of York's Faculties
For more details see article here
University of Toronto, Centre for Environment Seminars and Events
For more information about events at U of T that my be of interest to members please follow the links belowClimate
Distinguished Lecturer Series
Environment Seminar Series