The Future of UAV (Drones) Surveying: Acquiring Geodata in the Next Century
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Antonio Vettore and Francesco Pirotti. Universidad de Padua (Italia)
Full professor of geomatics at the University of Padova. Author of more than 200 publications in the fields of Surveying, Photogrammetry, Cartography (Geomatics). He has several scientific collaborations with the University of Calgary (Canada) Department of Geomatics, University California at Berkeley, Department of Forestry Science, University of Melbourne (Australia) Department of Geomatics, ETH Zurich Polytechnic, Institute of Photogrammetry, University of
Technology Vienna. Visiting scholar (1999) at the Virtual Information Technology Group, Institute for Information Technology, National Research Council of Canada NRC. Visiting Professor (2001) University of Calgary (Canada). Visiting Professor (2006) Department of Geomatics University of Melbourne (Australia) .Visiting Professor (2008) Technological University of Buenos Aires (UTBS). Research topics: 1) Mobile Mapping Systems, Inertial Navigation Systems, Road Tracking, Image Processing. 2) Laser Scanner applications and GPS / INS techniques for Surveying and 3D modeling of cultural heritage sites. 3) Processing of LiDAR data from airborne or ground sensors (ALS & TLS), both discrete return and full waveform. Head of research units in several national (Italian Ministry of Education, Italian Civil Protection Agency) and international projects. He is actively involved in the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and served in 2000-2004 as chair of the Working Group "Kinematic and Integrated Positioning System".
Affiliated to the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry and to CIRGEO – Interdepartmental Research Center of Geomatics of the University of Padova. His invstigates in remote sensing applications for environmental applications, natural hazards and risk, in particular using laser scanning (lidar) data along with optical features. He has also investigated full-waveform lidar data for forestry applications. He is active in ISPRS as co-chair of WG III/10 and as Representative of the Italian Society (SIFET), ordinary member of ISPRS. He is also active in several national and international scientific committees, conference organization committees, summer schools and research groups related to geomatics. He holds graduate courses in remote sensing and geographic information systems and holds several connected external courses. Francesco is author of 100+ articles in national and international journals; 82 of which peer-reviewed scientific journals, 50 indexed in Elsevier Scopus. He is part of Editorial/Scientific Board for the following Journals: Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment (Elsevier), Geomatics Natural Hazards and Risk (Taylor and Francis), Applied Geomatics (Springer), Bollettino SIFET (Italian Society of Photogrammetry and Surveying), ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (Elsevier) [2012-2016]. He is also guest editor for several special issues in other indexed journals.