On behalf of the local organizing committee (LOC) and the Department of Geomatics, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), I would like to welcome all of you to participate in the 8th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology (8th MMT 2013). Since the first international symposium on MMT held in 1995 in the Ohio State University, each one of the follow-on symposiums has offered a great opportunity for participants from research and educational institutions, government agencies, and industrial enterprises to discuss and share ideas and findings about MMT theories and applications. It is a great honor for us to host this symposium and to keep the tradition.
Thanks to the advancement of direct-georeferencing and sensor technologies, mobile mapping has become a versatile technology applied for fast geospatial data acquisition. A typical mobile mapping system (MMS) is composed of an integrated array of time synchronized navigation sensors and imaging sensors mounted on a mobile platform, such as terrestrial vehicles, water-based vessels, aircrafts or helicopters, unmanned airborne vehicles (UAV), and hand-carried by individuals. The growing market penetration of mobile mapping, satellite imaging and web GIS has created great research and business opportunities to geospatial communities. This symposium would open for a wide variety of research and application issues in the mobile mapping community, ranging from system development to sensor integration, imaging algorithms and mobile GIS applications.
As usual, this symposium will provide
a platform for international young scholars and industrial
sectors to learn knowledge and experiences of applying
up-to-date mobile mapping technologies. The 2013 Summer
School on Mobile Mapping Technology (MMT 2013) will be
held right before the symposium. The courses of this
summer school are focused on the themes of Inertial Navigation
and Sensor Fusion, Mobile Mapping Systems, Photogrammetric
and LiDAR Technologies, and Applications and Industry.
This symposium is held in the city of Tainan, the oldest city in Taiwan. Tainan was the capital of Taiwan during imperial times, and has been famous for its temples, historic buildings and snack food. The venue will be at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) which has beautiful campuses and a high reputation in its academic excellence. It is renowned as a leading integrated research type university. We will be delighted to have all of you not only to participate in 8th MMT, but also to experience Taiwanese rich culture and warm hospitality.