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2017 CGA Conference: The Drone Revolution in Spatial Analysis

April 27, 2017 to April 28, 2017
Location  CGIS South Building

Conference Program (PDF)    See Videos Linked Below

Unarmed Aerial Systems (UAS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or simply “Drones”, represent a new type of remote sensing platform which is inexpensive, easy to use, and provides users with many new options regarding where, when, and how geospatial imagery and data is collected. As the technology proliferates, it is revolutionizing both spatial data collection and geographic analysis. This paradigm shift brings new perspectives to a wide range of application fields, and calls for new skills, best practices, regulations, policies, ethics, and more.

This conference aims at illuminating the profound changes drones have brought to mapping practice, from platform and sensor selection, flight path planning, field operations, data processing, image analysis, feature extraction, 3-D model construction, and visualization. Experts will share their experiences with application cases and first-hand operational logistics.

The event will start with a half-day hands-on demo and training workshop Thursday afternoon, followed by a full day of plenary sessions on Friday, which will include a keynote address, presentation sessions, panel discussions, and closing remarks. Invited speakers will engage with the audience in discussions on the current status, achievements, lessons learned, unmet needs, challenges, potentials, and perspectives of drones in spatial data collection and analysis, particularly as it relates to academic research and learning.

The event is free and open to the public. Please register using the button above.

Rooms: Belfer Case Study Room (Thursday, April 27) and Tsai Auditorium (Friday, April 28)
Location: CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138


BCN Drone Center, Moià, Barcelona, Spain ESRI


Conference Videos:

Day 1 April 27, 2017

 Welcome & Orientation - Jason Ur  VIDEO

 Drone imagery in ArcGIS (Esri) - Cody Benkelman  VIDEO

 OpenDroneMap - Free and Open Source Toolkit for Creating Aerial Orthomosaics (MIT Urban Risk Lab) - Tomas Holderness  VIDEO

 Drone applications at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative - Faine Greenwood  VIDEO

Day 2  April 28, 2017

 Session 1 - Ethnics and Legal Issues

   Universities and the New FAA Regulations, Matthew Fox  VIDEO

   Eye in the Sky - Ethical Issues and Humanitarian Drones, Faine Greenwood  VIDEO

   Place-based relationships linking drone warfare and agricultural land cover and livelihood

   dynamics in northwest Pakistan, Jamon Van Den Hoek  VIDEO

   Drones and Federal Preemption: Who Controls the Airspace over Your Backyard, Kevin Pomfret VIDEO

   Implementing UAS for Scientific Research in the Department of the Interior, Jeff Sloan  VIDEO

   Ethics and Legal Issues: Panel Discussion  VIDEO


 Session 2 - Hardware: Platforms and Sensors

   Low Cost Drones and Archaeology: Evolving Method, Austin (Chad) HillVIDEO

   Drones for Spatial Storytelling, Ben KriemerVIDEO

   DJI and Automating Drone Missions, Brandon MontelattoVIDEO

   Balloons and Kites in the Age of Autonomous Flight,  Jeffrey WarrenVIDEO

   Hardware: platforms and sensors, Panel Discussion  VIDEO


 Keynote Presentation

   Drones for Resilience, Jarlath O'Neil-DunneVIDEO

  Session 3 - Software: Data Processing and Analysis

   Drone Air Photography and 3D Modeling in Archaeology, Luis Jaime CastilloVIDEO

   UAS Hyperspectral Data Processing and Analysis, Donna DelparteVIDEO

   Workflow and data optimization using Structure from Motion, Robert HomsherVIDEO

   The Illusion of Simplicity and the Arrival of Disappearance, Lawrie JordanVIDEO

   Automation of aerial mapping with small drones, Walter VolkmannVIDEO

   Software: data processing and analysis, Panel DiscussionVIDEO

  Session 4 - Applications Across Disciplines

   Enabling Research: Data Collectoin with UAS, Daniel Sheehan and Mike FosterVIDEO

   Drone-based Sensing in Amazonia, Scot MartinVIDEO

   Drones in Marine Science, Everette NewtonVIDEO

   Issues with Humanitarian Use of Drones, Nathaniel RaymondVIDEO

   Drones and Historical Landscapes, Jason UrVIDEO

   Applications Across Disciplines, Panel DiscussionVIDEO


  Closing Remarks and Awards.  Faine Greenwood, Alexandra Vacroux, Jason UrVIDEO