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Submitted by nnreimer.local on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:12pm

The Department of Geomatics Engineering is a research leader in many areas, which are aligned closely with the University of Calgary’s research strategy.

The university has identified broad areas in which to focus our considerable research strength and researchers at the Department of Geomatics Engineering play an integral role in this interdisciplinary exploration.

On this page you will find the department's four specalized areas of research: Earth Observation; Positioning, Navigation and Wireless Location; Digital Imaging; and GIS and Land Tenure, and the faculty members involved in each area. Learn more about research at Schulich.

Departmental Research Areas

Geodesy, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

Monitoring and studying of the Earth System; Technologies and methodologies of Earth Observation Systems; Longterm global observations of the land surface, solid Earth, oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere; Global change, including hazard, disaster, sea-level and environmental monitoring; Space geodesy and geodynamics; Realization of reference frames and study of the Earth's shape, size, gravity field, rotation and orientation; Applications of dedicated gravity satellite missions; Vertical datums and spatial and temporal geoid modeling; Arctic change and sea ice dynamics; Satellite radar and laser altimetry, including ice missions; Other satellite remote sensing applications and systems.

Michael CollinsJeong Woo KimMichael SiderisQuazi K. Hassan

Positioning, Navigation and Wireless Location

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) including the Global Positioning System (GPS), emerging systems, and integration with ground-based systems and augmentations; Study and analysis of RF interference, atmospheric and multipath propagation effects; Development of GNSS software receivers; Performance evaluation of GNSS receivers; Navigation system simulation and modeling; Algorithm development applied to static and kinematic positioning and guidance systems including kinematic carrier phase differential GNSS, precise point positioning, and high precision static surveying and structural monitoring; Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and inertial sensor analysis and fusion with GNSS including loosely to ultra-tightly coupling using low to high performance sensors; Attitude determination by INS and GNSS; Use of GNSS and inertial sensors in structural monitoring; GNSS/INS for direct geo-referencing of terrestrial and aerial mobile mapping systems; GNSS atmospheric monitoring; Wireless location using GNSS pseudolites, ultra-wideband ranging, self-contained sensors, and other signals of opportunity; Related vehicular and pedestrian navigation and guidance, marine, airborne and space weather applications.

Naser El-SheimyYang GaoGérard LachapelleKyle O'KeefeMark PetovelloSusan Skone

Digital Imaging Systems

Photogrammetric reconstruction techniques from space-borne, airborne and terrestrial imagery; LiDAR data manipulation; Integration of photogrammetric and LiDAR data for visualization and monitoring of 3D environments; Vision measurement systems; Simulation of synthetic aperture radar; Systems and analysis of SAR image data; Integrated analysis of multi-source geospatial data; Quality assurance and quality control of data acquisition systems and mapping procedures; Modelling and Calibration of Mobile Mapping Systems(MMS); Classification and change detection from remote sensing data; Sensor modeling and information retrieval from biomedical imaging modalities (e.g., MRI, X-Ray, optical imaging systems).

Naser El-Sheimy, Derek Lichti, Ruisheng Wang

GIScience and Land Tenure

Techniques for the collection, storage, management, analysis, and visualization of positional and attribute data describing a portion of the Earth's surface; Development of advanced geospatial database management techniques for resource evaluation, environmental modelling, surveying, mapping, and automatic vehicle navigation activities; Data and information warehousing, spatial databases and data mining, advanced 3D data structures, Internet GIS and geo-sensor networks, temporal GIS; Advanced spatial statistics; Development of dynamic spatial models for environmental resource management; Land tenure studies: land tenure reform, analysis and modelling of crosscultural tenure systems, use of traditional ecological knowledge for aboriginal land claims; survey law, cadastral surveying issues, international boundaries, women's rights in land, implications of legal pluralism for land tenure and land administration, public participation and its role in resolving land conflicts; Modelling the semantics and system behaviour of land information systems.

Michael Barry, Steve Liang, Xin Wang

Human Dynamics in a Changing World

Smart Cities

Michael Barry, Derek Lichti, Ruisheng Wang

Secure Societies

Michael Barry

New Earth-Space Technologies

Engineering Solutions for Health: Biomedical Engineering

Imaging and Instrumentation

Derek Lichti

Energy Innovations for Today and Tomorrow

Discovering New Sources

Jeong Woo Kim, Michael Sideris

Departmental Research Areas

Geodesy, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

Monitoring and studying of the Earth System; Technologies and methodologies of Earth Observation Systems; Longterm global observations of the land surface, solid Earth, oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere; Global change, including hazard, disaster, sea-level and environmental monitoring; Space geodesy and geodynamics; Realization of reference frames and study of the Earth's shape, size, gravity field, rotation and orientation; Applications of dedicated gravity satellite missions; Vertical datums and spatial and temporal geoid modeling; Arctic change and sea ice dynamics; Satellite radar and laser altimetry, including ice missions; Other satellite remote sensing applications and systems.

Michael CollinsJeong Woo KimMichael SiderisQuazi K. Hassan

Positioning, Navigation and Wireless Location

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) including the Global Positioning System (GPS), emerging systems, and integration with ground-based systems and augmentations; Study and analysis of RF interference, atmospheric and multipath propagation effects; Development of GNSS software receivers; Performance evaluation of GNSS receivers; Navigation system simulation and modeling; Algorithm development applied to static and kinematic positioning and guidance systems including kinematic carrier phase differential GNSS, precise point positioning, and high precision static surveying and structural monitoring; Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and inertial sensor analysis and fusion with GNSS including loosely to ultra-tightly coupling using low to high performance sensors; Attitude determination by INS and GNSS; Use of GNSS and inertial sensors in structural monitoring; GNSS/INS for direct geo-referencing of terrestrial and aerial mobile mapping systems; GNSS atmospheric monitoring; Wireless location using GNSS pseudolites, ultra-wideband ranging, self-contained sensors, and other signals of opportunity; Related vehicular and pedestrian navigation and guidance, marine, airborne and space weather applications.

Naser El-SheimyYang GaoGérard LachapelleKyle O'KeefeMark PetovelloSusan Skone

Digital Imaging Systems

Photogrammetric reconstruction techniques from space-borne, airborne and terrestrial imagery; LiDAR data manipulation; Integration of photogrammetric and LiDAR data for visualization and monitoring of 3D environments; Vision measurement systems; Simulation of synthetic aperture radar; Systems and analysis of SAR image data; Integrated analysis of multi-source geospatial data; Quality assurance and quality control of data acquisition systems and mapping procedures; Modelling and Calibration of Mobile Mapping Systems(MMS); Classification and change detection from remote sensing data; Sensor modeling and information retrieval from biomedical imaging modalities (e.g., MRI, X-Ray, optical imaging systems).

Naser El-Sheimy, Derek Lichti, Ruisheng Wang

GIScience and Land Tenure

Techniques for the collection, storage, management, analysis, and visualization of positional and attribute data describing a portion of the Earth's surface; Development of advanced geospatial database management techniques for resource evaluation, environmental modelling, surveying, mapping, and automatic vehicle navigation activities; Data and information warehousing, spatial databases and data mining, advanced 3D data structures, Internet GIS and geo-sensor networks, temporal GIS; Advanced spatial statistics; Development of dynamic spatial models for environmental resource management; Land tenure studies: land tenure reform, analysis and modelling of crosscultural tenure systems, use of traditional ecological knowledge for aboriginal land claims; survey law, cadastral surveying issues, international boundaries, women's rights in land, implications of legal pluralism for land tenure and land administration, public participation and its role in resolving land conflicts; Modelling the semantics and system behaviour of land information systems.

Michael Barry, Steve Liang, Xin Wang

Human Dynamics in a Changing World

Smart Cities

Michael Barry, Derek Lichti, Ruisheng Wang

Secure Societies

Michael Barry

New Earth-Space Technologies
Engineering Solutions for Health: Biomedical Engineering

Imaging and Instrumentation

Derek Lichti

Energy Innovations for Today and Tomorrow

Discovering New Sources

Jeong Woo Kim, Michael Sideris