This summer school is organized by the University of Calgary, the Ohio State University and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and officially supported by ISPRS. It is the very first summer school designated for innovative mobile mapping technologies and will be held from June 11 - 15, 2012. The purpose of this summer school is to provide a platform for young scholars to exchange knowledge and experiences of applying up-to-date mobile mapping technologies. Themes of this summer school include Inertial Navigation and Sensor Fusion, Mobile Mapping Systems, Photogrammetric and LiDAR Technologies and Applications and Industry Presentation. This is an excellent opportunity to meet internationally well recognized scholars in mobile mapping communities and young people to strengthen your network.
Multi-platform and multi-sensor integrated mapping technology has clearly established a trend towards fast geospatial data acquisition. Sensors can be mounted on a variety of platforms, such as satellites, aircraft, helicopters, terrestrial vehicles, water-based vessels, and even people. The increasing use of internet and wireless communication networks and the recent advances in sensor networks further enable us to transfer and process data in a more efficient manner. As a result, mapping has become mobile, and dynamic.
The idea of mobile mapping, i.e. mapping from moving vehicles, has been around for at least as long as photogrammetry has been practiced. The early development of mobile mapping systems (MMS) was, however restricted to applications that permitted the determination of the elements of exterior orientation from existing ground control. About twenty years ago, advances in satellite and inertial technology made it possible to think about mobile mapping in a different way. Instead of using ground control as reference for orienting the images in space, trajectory and attitude of the imager platform could now be determined directly. This has made mapping independent of pre-established ground control. Hand in hand with this development went the change from analog to digital imaging techniques – a change that has considerably accelerated over the past few years. Integrating the concepts of kinematic trajectory determination and digital imaging resulted in multisensory systems capable of acquiring, storing, and processing geo-referenced digital data, thus providing a complete solution of the mapping problem with data from only one platform. Systems that use geo-referencing and digital imaging as integral parts will in the following be considered as mobile mapping systems, independent of their area of application. Combining the advances in digital imaging and direct georeferencing has not only increased the efficiency of mobile mapping considerably, but has also resulted in greater flexibility and lower cost. In addition, it has integrated two branches of our discipline that for too long have gone their separate ways – geodesy and remote sensing/photogrammetry.
Despite the barriers, an increasing demand for terrestrial mobile mapping for transportation, telecommunication, emergency response and engineering applications where roadside information is of value has been initiated. Many customized systems and service models have been developed for a variety of applications. Some companies offer road image services or a pay-per-click pricing model to attract customers. Instead of owning a system or a software package, the customer can purchase the road image data and only pay for the number of objects collected or measured from images. Furthermore, some emerging real-time problems may have considerable socio-economic impact in applications such as fire fighting or offshore pollution control.