3D Spatial Information Science – The Engine of Change

A highlight of the ISPRS TC IV Spatial Information Science is the upcoming ISPRS Commission Symposium, 3D Spatial Information: The Engine of Change, aiming to provide a forum where researchers and practitioners can come together and share their work and ideas in the spatial information sciences and propose new developments for this important field for the progress of humanity.

The world’s population is on the rise, to reach 7.5 billion in 2018, and by 2050 it is predicted that it will be 9.7 billion. Managing the social and economic changes brought on by this increasing population will require new ideas and spatial information decision making tools. Moreover, the pressures placed on the usage of spaces that people live and work in will necessitate decisions that are based on 3D and higher dimension spatial data. 3D and higher dimensions pose significant challenges to researchers, data holders, software developers and stakeholders. Besides research and development, much more collaboration and cooperation is required between disciplines, researchers and practitioners, industry and academics to support the progress on spatial information.

During the symposium researchers will examine and evaluate state-of-the art in all aspects of 3D spatial information and modelling through the work of the commission’s 10 working groups:

WG 1: Multi-dimensional Modelling;
WG 2: Ontologies, Semantics, and Knowledge Representation for Geospatial Information;
WG 3: Spatial Data Analysis, Statistics and Uncertainty Modelling;
WG 4: Collaborative Crowdsourced Cloud Mapping;
WG 5: Indoor/Outdoor Seamless Modelling, LBS and Mobility;
WG 6: SDI: Internet of Things and Spatial Decision Support;
WG 7: Geo-Data Management;
WG 8: GeoComputation and GeoSimulation;
WG 9: Geovisualization, Augmented and Virtual Reality;
WG 10: Advanced Geospatial Applications for Smart Cities and Regions;
ICWG IV/III: Global Mapping: Updating Verification and Interoperability.

Several keynote speakers will elaborate on different aspects of 3D spatial information. Prof. Dr. Ruizhi Chen, Director of LIESMARS, will discuss Smartphone Positioning and 3D Mapping Indoors. According to him “Indoor positioning is one of the core technologies of artificial intelligence (AI) and will play a pivotal role in the upcoming era of AI”. Dr. Rod Thomson will share his vision for the future of 3D cadastre and Dr. Claus Nagel will demonstrate current applications of 3D City Models.   

The ISPRS symposium will be hosted at Delft University of Technology and will be a part of Geo Delft 2018 joint event, which will host 3D Geoinfo, 3Dcadatsres and SDSC conferences. Relevant information about the symposium can be found at the symposium web site.

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