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.
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.
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).
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.