Invited Speakers

This year the event will be all online and virtual and will consist of  lectures by renowned international researchers.

Anette EltnerTU Dresden

Dr. Anette Eltner is a PostDoc at the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing at the TU Dresden, Germany. She received her Ph.D. degree (Dr.-Ing.) in 2016 at the TU Dresden, Germany, investigating photogrammetric methods in soil erosion studies. And she received her Diploma degree in Geography with minors in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Soil Sciences, and Hydrology in 2010. Her research interests include developing methods for geomorphological and hydrological monitoring, UAV photogrammetry, developing methods in spatio-temporal high resolution topography, image processing in geographical applications, implementation of low-cost sensors using micro-computers/-controllers, and erosion processes in fragile landscapes. She has authored and co-authored 39 scientific papers, 28 of which appeared in peer-reviewed international journals. In 2017, she received the price of the German Geomorphology Association for best PhD thesis. She is (guest-)editor of different journals in the field of remote sensing and geomorphology.

Anette EltnerTU Dresden

Dr. Anette Eltner is a PostDoc at the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing at the TU Dresden, Germany. She received her Ph.D. degree (Dr.-Ing.) in 2016 at the TU Dresden, Germany, investigating photogrammetric methods in soil erosion studies. And she received her Diploma degree in Geography with minors in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Soil Sciences, and Hydrology in 2010. Her research interests include developing methods for geomorphological and hydrological monitoring, UAV photogrammetry, developing methods in spatio-temporal high resolution topography, image processing in geographical applications, implementation of low-cost sensors using micro-computers/-controllers, and erosion processes in fragile landscapes. She has authored and co-authored 39 scientific papers, 28 of which appeared in peer-reviewed international journals. In 2017, she received the price of the German Geomorphology Association for best PhD thesis. She is (guest-)editor of different journals in the field of remote sensing and geomorphology.

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Carlos López-MartínezUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Dr. Carlos Lopez-Martinez (S’97-M’04-SM’11) received the MSc. degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya,Barcelona, Spain, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Dr. Lopez-Martinez is Associate Professor in the area of remote sensing and microwave
technology in the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. He has a large professional international experience at DLR (Germany), at the University of Rennes 1 (France), and as a group leader of the Remote Sensing and Natural Resources Modelling team in the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (Luxembourg). His research interests include Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) theory, statistics and
applications, multidimensional SAR, radar polarimetry, physical parameter inversion, advanced digital signal processing, estimation theory, and harmonic analysis. Dr. López-Martínez has authored more than 200 articles in journals, books, and conference proceedings, and received the EUSAR 2002 Conference Student Prize Paper
Award, co-authored the paper awarded with the EUSAR 2012 Conference First Place Student Paper Award, and received the IEEE-GRSS 2013 GOLD Early Career Award. Dr. López-Martínez has broad academic teaching experience from bachelor, master, and Ph.D. levels to advanced technical tutorials presented at international conferences and space and research institutions worldwide. He is an associate editor of the IEEE-JSTARS journal and the MDPI Remote Sensing, acting also as invited guest editor for several special issues. He has collaborated in the Spanish PAZ and the ESA’s SAOCOM-CS missions, in the proposal of the Parsifal mission and he is member of the ESA’s Sentinel
ROSE-L Mission Advisory Group. He was appointed vice-president of the IEEE-GRSS
Spanish chapter, and in 2016 he became its secretary and treasurer. From 2011 Dr.
López-Martínez collaborates with the IEEE-GRSS Globalization initiative in Latin
America, contributing to the creation of the IEEE-GRSS Chilean chapter and the
organization of the 2020 LAGIRSS conference, being appointed as Latin America liaison in 2019. He is also co-chair of the Tutorial Technical Committee of the Indian 2020 InGARSS conference.

Carlos López-MartínezUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Dr. Carlos Lopez-Martinez (S’97-M’04-SM’11) received the MSc. degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya,Barcelona, Spain, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Dr. Lopez-Martinez is Associate Professor in the area of remote sensing and microwave
technology in the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. He has a large professional international experience at DLR (Germany), at the University of Rennes 1 (France), and as a group leader of the Remote Sensing and Natural Resources Modelling team in the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (Luxembourg). His research interests include Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) theory, statistics and
applications, multidimensional SAR, radar polarimetry, physical parameter inversion, advanced digital signal processing, estimation theory, and harmonic analysis. Dr. López-Martínez has authored more than 200 articles in journals, books, and conference proceedings, and received the EUSAR 2002 Conference Student Prize Paper
Award, co-authored the paper awarded with the EUSAR 2012 Conference First Place Student Paper Award, and received the IEEE-GRSS 2013 GOLD Early Career Award. Dr. López-Martínez has broad academic teaching experience from bachelor, master, and Ph.D. levels to advanced technical tutorials presented at international conferences and space and research institutions worldwide. He is an associate editor of the IEEE-JSTARS journal and the MDPI Remote Sensing, acting also as invited guest editor for several special issues. He has collaborated in the Spanish PAZ and the ESA’s SAOCOM-CS missions, in the proposal of the Parsifal mission and he is member of the ESA’s Sentinel
ROSE-L Mission Advisory Group. He was appointed vice-president of the IEEE-GRSS
Spanish chapter, and in 2016 he became its secretary and treasurer. From 2011 Dr.
López-Martínez collaborates with the IEEE-GRSS Globalization initiative in Latin
America, contributing to the creation of the IEEE-GRSS Chilean chapter and the
organization of the 2020 LAGIRSS conference, being appointed as Latin America liaison in 2019. He is also co-chair of the Tutorial Technical Committee of the Indian 2020 InGARSS conference.

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Chris RufUniversity of Michigan

Chris Ruf is currently Professor of Atmospheric Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He has worked previously at Intel Corporation, Hughes Space and Communication, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Penn State University. He is Principal Investigator of the NASA CYGNSS Mission. Dr. Ruf has been involved in microwave remote sensing for 33+ years, with a research emphasis on spaceborne microwave sensor design and calibration and the development and validation of ocean and atmosphere geophysical retrieval algorithms. He has contributed to the science, cal/val and engineering teams for TOPEX, GeoSat Follow On, Jason-1, SMOS, WindSat, Aquarius, GPM, SMAP and Juno. Prof. Ruf is a Fellow of the IEEE and former Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. He has been the recipient of four NASA Certificates of Recognition and seven NASA Group Achievement Awards, as well as the 1997 IEEE TGRS Best Paper Award, the 1999 IEEE Resnik Technical Field Award, the 2006 IGARSS Best Paper Award, and the 2014 IEEE GRSS Outstanding Service Award.

Chris RufUniversity of Michigan

Chris Ruf is currently Professor of Atmospheric Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He has worked previously at Intel Corporation, Hughes Space and Communication, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Penn State University. He is Principal Investigator of the NASA CYGNSS Mission. Dr. Ruf has been involved in microwave remote sensing for 33+ years, with a research emphasis on spaceborne microwave sensor design and calibration and the development and validation of ocean and atmosphere geophysical retrieval algorithms. He has contributed to the science, cal/val and engineering teams for TOPEX, GeoSat Follow On, Jason-1, SMOS, WindSat, Aquarius, GPM, SMAP and Juno. Prof. Ruf is a Fellow of the IEEE and former Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. He has been the recipient of four NASA Certificates of Recognition and seven NASA Group Achievement Awards, as well as the 1997 IEEE TGRS Best Paper Award, the 1999 IEEE Resnik Technical Field Award, the 2006 IGARSS Best Paper Award, and the 2014 IEEE GRSS Outstanding Service Award.

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Eija HonkavaaraFinnish Geospatial Research Institute

Dr Eija Honkavaara works as a research manager at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute in National Land Survey of Finland. In recent years her research has focused remote sensing using unmanned airborne vehicles (UAV, drones). Her major research areas include photogrammetry, hyperspectral imaging, remote sensing, calibration and validation, automatic processing and analysis of UAV aerial images and UAV applications.

Eija HonkavaaraFinnish Geospatial Research Institute

Dr Eija Honkavaara works as a research manager at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute in National Land Survey of Finland. In recent years her research has focused remote sensing using unmanned airborne vehicles (UAV, drones). Her major research areas include photogrammetry, hyperspectral imaging, remote sensing, calibration and validation, automatic processing and analysis of UAV aerial images and UAV applications.

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Franz RottensteinerLeibniz Universität Hannover

Dr. Rottensteiner received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in surveying and the Ph.D. degree and venia docendi in Photogrammetry, all from Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria (TUW). Currently, he is an Associate Professor and leader of the research group “Photogrammetric Image Analysis” at the Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation at
the University of Hannover, Germany (LUH). His research interests include all aspects of image orientation, image classification, automated object detection and reconstruction from images and point clouds, and change detection from remote sensing data. Before joining
LUH in 2008, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at TUW and the Universities of New
South Wales and Melbourne, both in Australia. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific papers, 31 of which have appeared in peer-reviewed international journals. He received the Karl Rinner Award of the Austrian Geodetic Commission in 2004 and the Carl
Pulfrich Award for Photogrammetry, sponsored by Leica Geosystems, in 2017. Since 2011, he has been the Associate Editor of the ISI-listed journal “Photogrammetrie Fernerkundung Geoinformation” of the German Society of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation. Being the Chairman of the working group II/4 of the International Society of
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), he has initiated and conducted the ISPRS benchmark on urban object detection and 3D building reconstruction.

Franz RottensteinerLeibniz Universität Hannover

Dr. Rottensteiner received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in surveying and the Ph.D. degree and venia docendi in Photogrammetry, all from Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria (TUW). Currently, he is an Associate Professor and leader of the research group “Photogrammetric Image Analysis” at the Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation at
the University of Hannover, Germany (LUH). His research interests include all aspects of image orientation, image classification, automated object detection and reconstruction from images and point clouds, and change detection from remote sensing data. Before joining
LUH in 2008, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at TUW and the Universities of New
South Wales and Melbourne, both in Australia. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific papers, 31 of which have appeared in peer-reviewed international journals. He received the Karl Rinner Award of the Austrian Geodetic Commission in 2004 and the Carl
Pulfrich Award for Photogrammetry, sponsored by Leica Geosystems, in 2017. Since 2011, he has been the Associate Editor of the ISI-listed journal “Photogrammetrie Fernerkundung Geoinformation” of the German Society of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation. Being the Chairman of the working group II/4 of the International Society of
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), he has initiated and conducted the ISPRS benchmark on urban object detection and 3D building reconstruction.

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Jan WegnerETH Zurich

Jan Dirk Wegner is head of the EcoVision Lab (9 PhDs and 3 PostDocs), which does research at the frontier of machine learning and computer vision to solve ecological questions. Jan joined the Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing group at ETH in 2012 after completing his PhD (with distinction) at Leibniz Universität Hannover in 2011. He has published more than 50 peer-​reviewed
papers and was granted multiple awards, among others an ETH Postdoctoral fellowship and the science award of the German Geodetic Commission. Jan was selected for the WEF Young Scientist Class 2020 as one of the 25 best researchers world-​wide under the age of 40 committed to integrating scientific knowledge into society for the public good. Jan is founder and chair of the ISPRS II/WG 6 "Large-​scale machine learning for geospatial data analysis" and (together with colleagues) organizer and chair of the CVPR EarthVision workshops.

Jan WegnerETH Zurich

Jan Dirk Wegner is head of the EcoVision Lab (9 PhDs and 3 PostDocs), which does research at the frontier of machine learning and computer vision to solve ecological questions. Jan joined the Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing group at ETH in 2012 after completing his PhD (with distinction) at Leibniz Universität Hannover in 2011. He has published more than 50 peer-​reviewed
papers and was granted multiple awards, among others an ETH Postdoctoral fellowship and the science award of the German Geodetic Commission. Jan was selected for the WEF Young Scientist Class 2020 as one of the 25 best researchers world-​wide under the age of 40 committed to integrating scientific knowledge into society for the public good. Jan is founder and chair of the ISPRS II/WG 6 "Large-​scale machine learning for geospatial data analysis" and (together with colleagues) organizer and chair of the CVPR EarthVision workshops.

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Mauro Dalla MuraGrenoble Institute of Technology

Mauro Dalla Mura received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Trento, Italy in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He obtained in 2011 a joint Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Technologies (Telecommunications Area) from the University of Trento, Italy and in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iceland, Iceland.He is currently an Assistant Professor at Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), France since 2012.
Dr. Dalla Mura is conducting his research at the Grenoble Images Speech Signals and Automatics Laboratory (GIPSA-Lab). He has been appointed "Specially Appointed Associate Professor" at the School of Computing, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan for 2019-2022. His main research activities are in the fields of remote sensing, image processing and pattern recognition. In particular, his interests include multispectral and hyperspectral image processing, computational imaging and the analysis of geophysical signals.

Mauro Dalla MuraGrenoble Institute of Technology

Mauro Dalla Mura received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Trento, Italy in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He obtained in 2011 a joint Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Technologies (Telecommunications Area) from the University of Trento, Italy and in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iceland, Iceland.He is currently an Assistant Professor at Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), France since 2012.
Dr. Dalla Mura is conducting his research at the Grenoble Images Speech Signals and Automatics Laboratory (GIPSA-Lab). He has been appointed "Specially Appointed Associate Professor" at the School of Computing, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan for 2019-2022. His main research activities are in the fields of remote sensing, image processing and pattern recognition. In particular, his interests include multispectral and hyperspectral image processing, computational imaging and the analysis of geophysical signals.

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Petra HelmholzCurtin University

Dr. Petra Helmholz is Senior Lecturer in Photogrammetry within Spatial Sciences at Curtin University where her work includes teaching and research. Current research interests focus on application driving research using Photogrammetry in the areas of health, agriculture, heritage mapping and engineering as well as underwater photogrammetry. She is the national chair of the SSSI Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Commission, Associate Editor of the journal Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE&RS), co-chair ISPRS Working Group I.10 and the course coordinator of the Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv) Degree at Curtin University. She has won five awards with the highlights being the 2016 Curtin University Commercial Innovation Awards for Deep Water 3D imaging, the 2017 Asia Pacific Spatial Excellent Award (Education Development), and the 2019 Western Australian Spatial Excellent Award –Spatial Enablement (Industry Award) for the project Cliniface.

Petra HelmholzCurtin University

Dr. Petra Helmholz is Senior Lecturer in Photogrammetry within Spatial Sciences at Curtin University where her work includes teaching and research. Current research interests focus on application driving research using Photogrammetry in the areas of health, agriculture, heritage mapping and engineering as well as underwater photogrammetry. She is the national chair of the SSSI Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Commission, Associate Editor of the journal Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE&RS), co-chair ISPRS Working Group I.10 and the course coordinator of the Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv) Degree at Curtin University. She has won five awards with the highlights being the 2016 Curtin University Commercial Innovation Awards for Deep Water 3D imaging, the 2017 Asia Pacific Spatial Excellent Award (Education Development), and the 2019 Western Australian Spatial Excellent Award –Spatial Enablement (Industry Award) for the project Cliniface.

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Raoni RajãoUniversidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Raoni is professor in Social Studies of Science at the Department of Production Engineering at UFMG - Federal University of Minas Gerais. He has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science (Laurea in Informatica) from Universita degli studi di MILANO-BICOCCA (2005), MRes in IT, Management & Organisational Change and PhD in Organisation, Work and Technology, both from Lancaster University (2011). Raoni's research focuses on the relation between science, technology and policy, with a particular emphasis on environmental policy evaluation and the study of the role of ICT (information and communication technologies) in deforestation control policies and payment for environmental services. He has collaborated with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) and Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM). At the moment he is the principal investigator of two research projects funded by CNPq and FAPEMIG.

Raoni RajãoUniversidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Raoni is professor in Social Studies of Science at the Department of Production Engineering at UFMG - Federal University of Minas Gerais. He has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science (Laurea in Informatica) from Universita degli studi di MILANO-BICOCCA (2005), MRes in IT, Management & Organisational Change and PhD in Organisation, Work and Technology, both from Lancaster University (2011). Raoni's research focuses on the relation between science, technology and policy, with a particular emphasis on environmental policy evaluation and the study of the role of ICT (information and communication technologies) in deforestation control policies and payment for environmental services. He has collaborated with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) and Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM). At the moment he is the principal investigator of two research projects funded by CNPq and FAPEMIG.

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Rohit SinghEsri R&D Center

As the managing director of Esri's AI R&D Center in New Delhi, Rohit Singh leads the development of
data science, deep learning and geospatial AI solutions in the ArcGIS platform. Rohit is passionate about deep learning and its intersection with geospatial data and satellite imagery. He is a graduate of the
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and has worked at computer vision startups and IBM before joining Esri. He conceptualized, designed and developed ArcGISPython API, ArcObjects Java, ArcGIS Engine Java API and ArcGIS Enterprise (Linux).

Rohit SinghEsri R&D Center

As the managing director of Esri's AI R&D Center in New Delhi, Rohit Singh leads the development of
data science, deep learning and geospatial AI solutions in the ArcGIS platform. Rohit is passionate about deep learning and its intersection with geospatial data and satellite imagery. He is a graduate of the
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and has worked at computer vision startups and IBM before joining Esri. He conceptualized, designed and developed ArcGISPython API, ArcObjects Java, ArcGIS Engine Java API and ArcGIS Enterprise (Linux).

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Sabine ChabrillatGFZ-Potsdam

Head research group "Hyperspectral remote sensing applications" at GFZ, Lecturer in Remote Sensing.

Science Principal Investigator for the EnMAP German hyperspectral satellite.

Member of the ESA Mission Advisory Group for the Copernicus candidate hyperspectral mission CHIME.

Head of the GFZ-Spectroscopy Laboratory

Sabine ChabrillatGFZ-Potsdam

Head research group "Hyperspectral remote sensing applications" at GFZ, Lecturer in Remote Sensing.

Science Principal Investigator for the EnMAP German hyperspectral satellite.

Member of the ESA Mission Advisory Group for the Copernicus candidate hyperspectral mission CHIME.

Head of the GFZ-Spectroscopy Laboratory

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William BlackwellMassachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. William J. Blackwell is the Associate Leader of the Applied Space Systems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he leads a number of projects involving atmospheric remote sensing, including the development and calibration of airborne and space-borne microwave sensors, the retrieval of geophysical products from remote radiance measurements, and the application of electromagnetic, signal processing, and estimation theory.

Dr. Blackwell has served as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Magazine, cochair of the IEEE GRSS Remote Sensing Instruments and Technologies for Small Satellites working group, the NASA Aqua science team, and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Radio Frequencies. He is currently the principal investigator on the NASA TROPICS Earth Venture mission and the MicroMAS (Micro-sized Microwave Atmospheric Satellite) missions. He was previously the Integrated Program Office sensor scientist for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder on the Suomi National Polar Partnership launched by NOAA in 2011 and the Atmospheric Algorithm Development team leader for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Microwave Imager/Sounder.

William BlackwellMassachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. William J. Blackwell is the Associate Leader of the Applied Space Systems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he leads a number of projects involving atmospheric remote sensing, including the development and calibration of airborne and space-borne microwave sensors, the retrieval of geophysical products from remote radiance measurements, and the application of electromagnetic, signal processing, and estimation theory.

Dr. Blackwell has served as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Magazine, cochair of the IEEE GRSS Remote Sensing Instruments and Technologies for Small Satellites working group, the NASA Aqua science team, and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Radio Frequencies. He is currently the principal investigator on the NASA TROPICS Earth Venture mission and the MicroMAS (Micro-sized Microwave Atmospheric Satellite) missions. He was previously the Integrated Program Office sensor scientist for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder on the Suomi National Polar Partnership launched by NOAA in 2011 and the Atmospheric Algorithm Development team leader for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Microwave Imager/Sounder.

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