Derek Lichti


Geomatics Engineering


Calgary, 1999




Ryerson, 1993

Contact information


Office: 403.210.9495

Web presence

Personal website


Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology: CCIT304


Principles of Photogrammetry (ENGO 431)

Optical Imaging Metrology (ENGO 642)

Preferred method of communication


Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Intelligent and autonomous Systems
  • Sensor fusion/integration
  • Multisensor systems
  • Biosystems and biomedical engineering
  • Optical imaging
  • Image analysis techniques


Dr. Lichti’s research program is focused on the use of active terrestrial imaging systems such as three-dimensional (3D) range cameras, terrestrial laser scanners (TLSs) and X-ray imaging modalities for precision measurement using. It touches a wide range of applications in support of his goal to enable non-experts to use geomatics technologies to solve real-world problems that require accurate 3D spatial models. His specific interests are in the development of new methodologies for sensor modelling and calibration, 3D data registration and feature extraction from point cloud data. His recent activities include applications in as-built modelling, cultural heritage recording, mobile mapping, and biomechanics, to name a few. 


Dr Lichti joined the Department of Geomatics Engineering in 2008. Following his promotion to Professor in 2013, he served a five-year term as Department Head. Prior to his time in Calgary, Dr Lichti worked as an academic in Perth, Australia starting in 1999 and has held visiting academic positions in Australia, Brazil, Malaysia and Switzerland. He was also a co-founder of Scanalyse Pty Ltd, a successful Perth, Australia based start-up company specialising in wear measurement solutions for the mining industry based on laser scanning technology. Since 2013, Dr Lichti has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Prior to that, he served two terms as Chair of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Working Group V/3 Terrestrial Laser Scanning.


Maalek, Reza, Derek Lichti, Janaka Ruwanpura (2018). Robust Segmentation of Planar and Linear Features of Terrestrial Laser Scanner Point Clouds acquired from Construction sites. Sensors. 18 (3), 819.

Esfandiari, H; Lichti, D; Anglin, C (2017). Single-camera Visual Odometry to Track a Surgical X-ray C-arm Base. Journal of Engineering in Medicine. 231 (12), 1140-1151.

Lichti, D.D. (2017) Ray tracing method for deriving terrestrial laser scanner systematic errors. ASCE Journal of Surveying Engineering. 43 (2) 06016005-1 - 06016005-5.  

Lichti, D.D, J Steward, J.C.K Chow and J Matyas (2016) The practical application of 3D vision in the field: measuring reindeer (Rangifer Tarandus) antler growth velocities. Photogrammetric Record. 31 (156), 394-406.

Derek D. Lichti, Gulshan B. Sharma, Gregor Kuntze, Braden Mund, Jillian E. Beveridge, and Janet L. Ronsky. (2015) Rigorous Geometric Self-Calibrating Bundle Adjustment for a Dual Fluoroscopic Imaging System. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. 34 (2), 589-598.

H. Esfandiari, S. Amiri, D. D. Lichti, C. Anglin (2016) A Fast, Accurate and Closed-Form Method for Pose Recognition of an Intramedullary Nail using a Tracked C-arm. International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery. 11, 621-623.

Chan, T.O., D.D. Lichti, D. Belton and H.L. Nguyen (2016) Automatic point cloud registration using a single lamp pole. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing. 82 (4), 257-269.

Chan, T.O., D.D. Lichti (2015) Automatic In‐situ Calibration of a Spinning Beam LiDAR System in Static and Kinematic Modes. Remote Sensing. 7, 10480-10500.

Qi, X., Lichti, D.D., El-Badry, M., Chan, T.O., El-Halawany, S.I., Lahamy, H., Steward, J. (2014). Structural dynamic deflection measurement with range cameras. Photogrammetric Record. 29 (145), 89-107.

Chow, J. and Lichti, D.D. (2013). Photogrammetric bundle adjustment with self-calibration of the PrimeSense 3D camera technology: Microsoft Kinect. IEEE Access. 1, 465-474

Lichti, D.D. and J.C.K. Chow (2013). Inner constraints for planar features. Photogrammetric Record. 28 (141), 74-85.

Lichti, D.D., J. Chow, and H. Lahamy (2011). Parameter de-correlation and model-identification in hybrid-style terrestrial laser scanner self-calibration. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 66 (3), 317-326.

Lichti, D.D. (2010). Terrestrial laser scanner self-calibration: correlation sources and their mitigation. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. 65 (1), 93-102.

Bae, K.-H., D. Belton and D.D. Lichti (2009). A closed-form expression of the positional uncertainty for 3D point clouds. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. 31 (4), 577-590.

Lichti, D.D., Gumulya, M.M. and Horsley, R.R. (2009). Determination of trajectories of metallic spheres settling in non-Newtonian fluids. Photogrammetric Record. 24 (125), 37–50.

Lichti, D.D. (2007) Modelling, calibration and analysis of an AM-CW terrestrial laser scanner. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. 61 (5): 307-324.

Gordon, S.J. and Lichti, D.D. (2007). Modeling terrestrial laser scanner data for precise structural deformation measurement. ASCE Journal of Surveying Engineering. 133 (2): 72-80.

Skaloud, J, and D.D. Lichti (2006) Rigorous Approach to Bore-sight Self Calibration in Airborne Laser Scanning. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 61 (1): 47-59.

Lichti, D.D. and S. Jamtsho (2006) Angular Resolution of Terrestrial Laser Scanners. The Photogrammetric Record, 21 (114): 141-160.


Alberta Science and Technology Leadership (ASTech) Foundation 2018 Outstanding Achievement in Applied Technology sponsored by SAIT, with Reza Maalek and Janaka Ruwanpura

Research Achievement Award, Schulich School of Engineering, 2017-2018, Derek Lichti

Research Achievement Award, Schulich School of Engineering, 2017-2018, Kyle O'Keefe and Derek Lichti

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Service to the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing during 2012-16, 2016