Featured Speakers

Dr. Naser El-Sheimy, PEng, CRC
Department of Geomatics Engineering, The University of Calgary
 
Dr. Naser El-Sheimy is Professor and former Head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering,the University of Calgary. He held a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Mobile Multi-sensor Systems (from 2003-2013) and the scientific director of Tecterra Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research. His research expertise includes Geomatics multi-sensor systems, GPS/INS integration, and mobile mapping systems.

Dr. El-Sheimy published two books, 6 book chapters and over 450 papers in academic journals, conference and workshop proceedings, in which he has received over 30 national and international paper awards. He supervised and graduated over 60 Masters and PhD students. He is the recipient of many national and international awards including the ASTech “Leadership in Alberta Technology” Award the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) Educational Excellence Award. He also received the Schulich School of Engineering Research Excellence Award, the Schulich School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, The UofC Student Union Teaching Excellence Award, and 4 times the departmental teaching award, 2 times departmental research excellence award, and the department of Geomatics Engineering Graduate Educator Award.

Dr. El-Sheimy was the president of Commission I on "Sensors and Platforms" of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) from 2008 - 2012. He organized and participated in organizing many national and international conferences and chaired many conferences such as the USA Institute of Navigation Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Dr. El-Sheimy is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Survey Review, Journal of Applied Geodesy, and Coordinates. He served as a member of the Alberta Geomatics Group Board of Directors, Geoide NCE Board of Directors, Technical Committee Member of the ASPRS Direct Georeferencing Committee. He commercialized a number of technologies through the University of Calgary Commercialization office which brings close to $2M of funds to the University of Calgary.



Dr. Charles K. Toth, Professor
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University
 
Charles K. Toth is currently a Research Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, prior he was Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Mapping, spending a combined time of 26 years at The Ohio State University. He received a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Geo-Information Sciences from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. His research expertise covers broad areas of spatial information systems, LiDAR, high-resolution imaging, surface extraction, modeling, integrating and calibrating of multi-sensor systems, multi-sensor geospatial data acquisition systems, 2D/3D signal processing, and mobile mapping technologies. Besides research, he advises PhD students and occasionally teaches graduate level courses. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed journal and proceedings papers, and is the co-editor of the widely popular book on LiDAR: Topographic Laser Ranging and Scanning: Principles and Processing. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2009 APSRS Photogrammetric Award, several Lumley Research Awards from OSU, and various best papers awards.

He joined ASPRS in 1988, and has been a regular contributor to the technical program and to the governance of the society. Between 2004 and 2008, he served as Assistant Director, then Director of the Photogrammetric Applications Division (PAD). Since 2008, he has held the position of National Director of ASPRS’ Eastern Great Lakes Region. and was elected Vice President of ASPRS. He has also been very active in the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), serving as Chair and Co-Chair of various Working Groups from 1996 until 2012, when he became ISPRS Technical Commission I President for the 2012-2016 Congress period.


Dr. Dorota A. Grejner-Brzezinska,Professor
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University
 
Dorota A. Grejner-Brzezinska is a Professor and Chair, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, and Director of the Satellite Positioning and Inertial Navigation (SPIN) Laboratory at The Ohio State University. She has almost 20 years of research experience in GPS/GNSS algorithms, GPS/inertial and other sensor integration for navigation in GPS-challenged environments, sensors and algorithms for indoor and personal navigation. Dorota’s teaching experience cover various PhD and MS level courses on Global Positioning System and applications, advanced GPS and space-based technologies, reference systems and frames; undergraduate courses on adjustment computations for geomatic engineering, fundamentals of statistics for civil engineering, introduction to GPS and applications for civil and geomatics engineering; and numerous workshops and short courses taught for professional societies, industry, graduate and undergraduate students at various national and international universities and organizations. She published over 300 peer reviewed journal and proceedings papers, numerous technical reports and five book chapters on GPS and navigation, and led over 50 sponsored research projects with the total budget of $17mln.

Dorota currently serves at the Institute of Navigation (ION) incoming President and Executive Vice-President. She is ION Fellow, and the recipient of the 2005 ION Thomas Thurlow Award “For outstanding contributions to the science of navigation,” the 2005 United States Geospatial Information Foundation (USGIF) Academic Research Award “For research on a personal navigator relevant to national security,” and several awards received for various journal manuscripts and professional conference papers and presentations. She is President of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Commission 4, Positioning and applications, and IAG Fellow. Dorota was semifinalist, for 2010 and 2011 TechColumbus Innovation Award, Outstanding Woman in Technology. She is recipient of the 2009 Harrison Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, The Ohio State University College of Engineering, two Lumley Research Awards (2008 2003) and 2007 Interdisciplinary Lumley Research Award, The Ohio State University College of Engineering.



Dr.Ayman Habib, Professor
Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary
 
Dr. Habib’s is a Professor and former Head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary. His research interests span the fields of terrestrial and aerial mobile mapping systems, modeling the perspective geometry of non-traditional imaging scanners, automatic matching and change detection, automatic calibration and stability analysis of low-cost digital cameras, utilizing low-cost imaging systems for infrastructure monitoring and biomedical applications, incorporating analytical and free-form linear features in various photogrammetric orientation procedures, object recognition in imagery, and integrating photogrammetric data with other sensors/datasets (e.g., GPS/INS, GIS databases, multispectral sensors, and LiDAR).

Dr. Habib is the recipient of several awards from national and international organizations (including the Photogrammetric Fairchild Award from the American Society for Photogrammetry and remote Sensing – ASPRS – and the President Citation Award from the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing – ISPRS, as well as best papers awards from both the ASPRS and ISPRS). Dr. Habib has authored more than 290 publications, including 64 peer-reviewed journal papers, and has been serving as an editorial board member for several national and international journals. He is the current Chair of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Working Group I/3 “Multi-Sensor and Multi-Platform System Calibration” for 2012 – 2016. His research work in the area of digital camera calibration and stability analysis has been commercialized and implemented by national and international companies.