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XXIII International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Congress 2016

12 - 19 July 2016, Prague, Czech Republic

The GSGS travel grant 2016B/C gave us the opportunity to participate in the XXIII International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Congress 2016 ( The ISPRS is the world’s largest scientific organization in the field of photogrammetry and remote sensing, which builds an interdisciplinary network between researchers and users all over the world. Occurring every four years, this year’s ISPRS Congress took place in Prague, Czech Republic between the 12th and 19th July 2016. About 2300 participants from 88 different countries attended the conference. Besides 186 oral sessions and six interactive sessions for poster presentations, the congress enabled a platform for private exhibitors to get in contact with the community. We, Sebastian Brocks, Nora Tilly and Maximilian Willkomm, travelled to Prague with other members of the working group GIS & Remote Sensing (Prof. Bareth) of the Institute of Geography to present our current state of research and get in contact with other participants. The submission of a poster or oral presentation went along with a peer-reviewed publication in The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. In the following sections our individual impression of ISPRS Congress are presented:

Sebastian Brocks:
During the conference, I gave a presentation about part of my PhD work in which I compared different software packages for the dense 3D reconstruction of crop canopy and got valuable feedback from the scientific community including some possible improvements for my work and established contacts for possible future collaborations. Due to being the secretary of Working Group 5 of Technical Commission VII of the ISPRS, I was asked to co-chair one oral session, which was a valuable experience.


Nora Tilly:
The ISRPS congress is held every four years as platform for well-known scientists and researchers from all over the world, particularly from the field of remote sensing. A few month ago, I have completed my PhD on the use of TLS for agricultural monitoring but want to continue my career in this field of research. Besides my thesis, I started a small project on the comparison of TLS and UAV-based imaging for geomorphological mapping. On the congress, I presented my first results and received new impulses and suggestions for the continuation of this project. Moreover, I gained valuable contacts for establishing new projects. During the conference, I was also co-chair of an oral-session, which was a new experience. Overall, the experiences and new insights motivated me to become more active in the community and inspired me to become involved in one Working Group of the re-organized Commissions.


Maximilian Willkomm:
The ISPRS Congress in Prague gave me the opportunity to intensify my knowledge in remote sensing in three different ways, namely (1) by presenting own results and ideas, (2) by getting inspirations in a multitude of interactive and oral sessions and (3) by networking with other colleagues with global recognition. For the conference I submitted an oral presentation about the results of my completed Master´s thesis and a poster presentation, which dealt with the research concept of my PhD project. Especially latter provided the basis for feedback and discussions about my research intentions in an early stage of my academic studies. Due to my focus on urban and peri-urban agriculture I was primarily interested in urban remote sensing approaches. In this context, the conference program opened up a wide range of inspiring scientific sessions. In particular, I was interested in interdisciplinary scientific methods, which use mixed approaches of remote sensing data and socio-economic surveys. The participation in the Congress was also helpful for my occupational career due to the connection to a large scientific and private economy related community.

All in all the ISPRS Congress 2016 provided great benefits for us. We sincerely thank the Graduate School of Geosciences of the University of Cologne for the support!

Sebastian Brocks, Nora Tilly and Maximilian Willkomm


Sebastian Brocks
PhD student

PhD project: “Low Cost 3D Vegetation Monitoring”
Institute of Geography
Evaluating Dense 3D Reconstruction Software Packages for Oblique Monitoring of Crop Canopy Surface (Oral)

Nora Tilly
Recently completed PhD

PhD project: “Terrestrial laser scanning for crop monitoring - Capturing 3D data of plant height for estimating biomass at field scale”
Institute of Geography
Geomorphological mapping with Terrestrial Laser Scanning and UAV-based imaging (Poster)

Maximilian Willkomm
PhD student

PhD project: “Functionality of peri-urban agriculture in Kenya”
Institute of Geography
Monitoring Land Use Dynamics of peri-urban Agriculture in Central Kenya with RapidEye Satellite Imagery (Poster)
Non-destructive Monitoring of Rice by hyperspectral in-field Spectrometry and UAV-based Remote Sensing: Case Study of field-grown Rice in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Oral)