Welcome to the Second MMT 2014 Summer School
On behalf of the organizing committee of the Mobile Mapping Technology (MMT) summer school, I would like to welcome you to the second summer school which will take place in June 9-13, 2014 at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan.
The first summer school took place at the NCKU in 2012. The number of attendees of the first summer school, about 108 from 19 different countries, clearly indicates the interest in Mobile Mapping as a new industry sector.

The 2nd summer school is co-organized by the University of Calgary (Canada), Ohio State University (USA), Xiamen University (China) and NCKU and officially supported by ISPRS. The main objectives of the MMT summer school are to discuss new technologies and new applications of MMT and whether we have achieved the full potential of Mobile Mapping systems. During the summer school, you will learn new applications such as unmanned vehicular location; new systems such as portable mobile mapping and fully automated direct airborne geo-referencing systems; and new trends such as the integration of mobile phone location services with intelligent GPS vehicle navigation. We organize four themes:

• Theme 1: Inertial Navigation, Multi-Sensor Fusion and Applications
• Theme 2: LiDAR Technologies and Applications
• Theme 3: Photogrammetry and Mobile Mapping Systems
• Theme 4: Indoor Mapping and Other Industry Applications

International pioneers in the field of MMT will cover a wide range of multidisciplinary topics. They will impart the knowledge and skills of young researcher and professionals working in the area of MMT. It will also provide an excellent opportunity to meet internationally well recognized scholars in mobile mapping communities and young people to strengthen the MMT network.

Wishing us all an instructive and inspiring summer school and we look forward to seeing you in Tainan, Taiwan.

Prof. Naser El-Sheimy and the whole summer school organizing committee

University of Calgary - elsheimy@ucalgary.ca

As the Technical Commission I President, it is my pleasure to welcome you on behalf of International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) to the second Summer School on Mobile Mapping Technology at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan.

ISPRS is an international non-governmental organization that enhances international cooperation among the worldwide organizations with interests in the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences. Established in 1910, ISPRS is the oldest international umbrella organization in its field, which may be summarized as addressing “information from imagery”. The ISPRS scientific and technical programs are organized by eight Technical Commissions. Each Commission is sponsored by an ISPRS Member organization (for example, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) for the four-year period between Congresses. We are now in the middle of the term 2012 – 2016 between the 2012 Melbourne Congress and the 2016 Prague Congress. The eight Technical Commissions have established more than 60 Working Groups which are responsible for particular topics within the Commissions’ areas of responsibility.

The history of mobile mapping goes back about two decades when The Ohio State University and University of Calgary developed the concept of Mobile Mapping Systems (MMS) and consequently built their first prototypes. As technology continued to advance, and more powerful sensor and processing methods became available, the name was changed to Mobile Mapping Technology (MMT) to better reflect on the complexity and to equally include methodology, algorithms, hardware and software components. Since the early beginning, MMS/MMT has been an actively researched topic in several Working Groups (WG) and Inter-Commission Working Groups (ICWG) in the past six Congress periods. Mobile Mapping is currently hosted in TC I and V, ICWG I/Va. The support for Summer School on Mobile Mapping Technology from the ISPRS TCs is very meaningful, as half of the lecturers are officers of various WGs.

Education is of utmost interest to ISPRS, as the future and vitality of the Society largely depends on the incoming generations of skilled and knowledgeable young professionals. To better support this endeavor, the ISPRS Student Consortium was founded in 2004 to provide a forum for students and young professionals, and to organize specific seminars and tutorials, including Summer Schools; the 11th will be organized in China later this year. ISPRS and ISPRS Student Consortium are honored to sponsor the 2nd MMT Summer School, and greatly appreciate the support of the National Cheng Kung University, The Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Interior.

Wishing you a productive and stimulating summer school, and have an enjoyable time in Taiwan.

See you in Tainan!

Charles Toth
President The ISPRS Technical Commission I