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Dr. Vincent Tao visits GeoICT Lab

Dr. Vincent Tao, Senior Technical Director at Microsoft Virtual Earth & former Director of GeoICT laboratory visited his GeoICT lab in December 2007. Dr. Vincent Tao resigned Professor position at York University, but still working for YorkU as Adjunct Professor since January 2008 and also co-directing GeoICT laboratory with Dr. Gunho Sohn. Dr. Vincent Tao, the one of the most visionary scientist in geomatics community, showed his boundless energy and enthusiasm to the researches at the GeoICT lab at YorkU.

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Ms. Ima Ituen - New Master Student at GeoICT Lab

Ima Ituen is a second year Master's candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York. She is a graduate of the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria with a B.Eng in Petroleum Engineering. Her interests include the applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for environmental management. This has led her to explore extensively the role wireless sensor networks (WSNs). The area she is specializing in while investigating WSNs is on the use of sensor motes for these applications. As a full-time student and research assistant, her main area of focus is on industries adopting better techniques for their systems to be optimized, while doing less harm to their physical and social environment. Besides sensor technology, Ima is currently involved in powerline monitoring project in which she is investigating the changes of powerline management regulations in Canada and USA after 2003 Blackout and studying effective workflow for the risk management of the powerline systems using modern airborne surveying techniques.

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New Year Greeting 2008

Greetings & Memories from GeoICT lab at YorkU - The photos of some sunny and old days at GeoICT lab are from Yu Wang, former member of GeoICT Lab. We wish all GeoICT's former and current members and sponsors a very happy new year in 2008 with great success and fulfillment in 2008! "It feels good to see the messages that you guys sent out, and good to know that everyone is doing great. I would like to share several more pictures, just to remind you the amazing time we spent back at York. Merry Christmas and have a fantastic new year." - Yu Wang. "What happened after the picture? York's star professor Vincent & some other guys went to Microsoft, Wanshou & Huayi went back to Wuhan to be Professors, Quan ke and Steve are in Calgary, Yong, Jeff and me are working for companies in the US, Arie is continuing his research & teaching excellence in Edmonton, last month I met with Aiqing in Nanjing. now he is the principal engineer for the urban planning of the former capital of China, Joe Ynag & Quan Bao are staying Toronto area, I guess. Haiyang has had lovely twin daughters, and I got married ... so long, my friends, I remember all the happy times with you in Toronto, I hope you have a new wonderful year of 2008!" - Xiangyun (Jason) Hu

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AOLS Best Student Award

Yoonseok won the first place gold award ($1000) from the AOLS (Association of Ontario Land Surveyors) Graduate Student Poster competition for Ontario unversity maters and doctoral students at the AOLS Annual General Meeting in Niagara Falls on February 2008 [Award].

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ISPRS Pre-congress Workshop

Dr. Gunho Sohn is currently involved in the organizing committee for the ISPRS pre-congress workshop, entitled as "Network for Networks (NfN) 2008": Leveraging Global Partnerships in Geomatic Science and Engineering" at the ISPRS Congress 2008, Beijing (July 2nd, 2008, Beijing International Convention Center), which is co-hosted by Korean Land Spatialization Group (Dr. Byung-Guk Kim) and GEOIDE NCE (Dr. Nicholas Chrisman). The NfN 2008 invites a number of national representatives who are organizing geomatic research programs at government-level and aims to maximize the efficiencies of global geomatic research collaborations.

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Award GEOIDE Phase IV Pilot Project

The GEOIDE NCE recently announced that a research proposal entitled as "Three-Dimensionalizing Surveillance Networks" (Project Leader is Dr. James Elder, Computer Science and Engineering Department, York University - budgeted C$950K cash plus C$208K in-kind over the next four years) is finally selected as a pilot project (2008-2009) for the GEOIDE Phase IV (2009-2012). A total nine pilot projects were selected after 44 letter-of-intents were submitted in last December. Dr. Gunho Sohn will be involved in the project as one of eight PIs. The project will investigate, develop and proto-type advanced surveillance technologies/systems under urban environments using video surveillance cameras, UAV systems and 3D GIS data to automatically derive intelligent inferences for surveillance applications. During this project, the GEOICT will investigate the synergy of conventional surveillance vision systems and 3D GIS-enabled building models for a semantic-based surveillance.

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ASPRS Best Paper

It is pleased to announced that "A network-centric modeling approach for infrastructure interdependency", PE&RS, 73(6), 681-690,authored by Professors Rifaat Abdalla and Vincent Tao, Qiuming Chen and Jonathan Li, was awarded the 2nd place of 2008 ESRI Award for Best Scientific Paper in GIS from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The award ceremony is part of ASPRS 2008 conference in Portland, Oregon, April 30-May, 2, 2008 [link] . Dr. Rifaat Abdalla studided his PhD project under the supervision of Professor Vincent Tao.

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New Projects Awarded

GeoICT's winning proposals

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Dr. Steve Liang

Dr. Steve Liang is the former PhD candidate at GeoICT lab, studying sensor networking technology with respect to geospatial science. He successfully denfenses his PhD thesis, titled of "An interoperable and scalable GIService architecture for the world-wide sensor web" in August 2007. Dr. Steve Liang is now Assistant Professor in Geomatic Engineering Department, Calgary University.

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UK-DMC Satellite First To Transfer Sensor Data Using Bundle Protocol

The first use of the 'bundle' protocol in space has been demonstrated with the UK-DMC satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL).

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Harper announces Arctic mapping program

Prime Minister Harper announces the Geo-mapping for Northern Energy and Minerals Program

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Association of Ontario Land Surveyors visits York

York's Geomatics Engineering Dept hosts Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS)

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3rd Place Student Poster Competition

Yoonseok wins big again at AOLS Student Poster competition

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ESRI Expands Virtual Earth Access in GIS by Teaming with Microsoft

Redlands, CA - A new agreement with Microsoft Corporation gives ArcGIS users fast access to Microsoft Virtual Earth for their geographic information system (GIS) projects. As part of ArcGIS Online at the ArcGIS 9.3.1 release, ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server users will be able to connect directly to Virtual Earth and quickly start their GIS projects with ready-to-use content.

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StreetView also arrives in Canada

October 7, 2009 StreetView also arrives in Canada Along with releasing StreetView imagery in Prague, as we announced earlier today, Google has also released StreetView in a number of cities in Canada. Canadian Parliment in StreetView According to Google Maps Mania, the new cities include: * Calgary * Halifax * Montreal * Ottawa * Quebec * Toronto * Vancouver It's quite a comprehensive update, so check out the new sights and let us know of any noteworthy things that you find.

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GeoICT has strong showing at ASPRS 2009

GeoICT has strong showing at ASPRS 2009

GEOICT LAB'S PARTICIPATION AT ASPRS '09

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Laser scanning as Living Art in Trafalgar Square, London:

Laser scanning as Living Art in Trafalgar Square, London:

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Inha University Visits GeoICT Lab

Korean Scientists visited GeoICT laboratory in October 2007. GeoICT laboratory was recently awarded in 3D cityscape modeling from Korea Land Spacialization Group (KLSG), which initiated a number of geomatic research programs over the next four years in Korea sponsored from the Ministry of Construction and Transportation of Korea. One of the project leaders of KLSG, Professor Woo-Sug Cho and Mr. Jun-Gu Park (Professor Cho's PhD student) visited GeoICT lab to discuss research plans and commitments at GeoICT for KLSG program. Professor Cho also demonstrated his recent advances in LiDAR data processing and modeling of individual tree. He will visit GeoICT lab in jan 2008 again.

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Mr. Yoonseok Jwa - New PhD Student at GeoICT Lab

Mr. Yoon-Seok Jwa joined GeoICT lab to pursue his doctoral degree in 3D geomatics with photogrammetry. Yoon-Seok finished his master degree at Ohio State University, Civil Engineering in Sensor Integration and Calibration for Multi-Sensor Personal Navigator with Dr. Dorota Grejner-Brsezinska. He is holding the patent related to airborne LiDAR data processing in Korea while he has studied at Inha University, Civil Engineering with Professor Woo-Sug Cho. Currently, Yoon-Seok is investigating new ways to create three-dimensional virtual city models in massive deployable formats through the state-of-the-art online mapping services. As a long term goal, his doctoral project will concern a semantic-based surveillance monitoring where GIS-enabled city model supports conventional image-based surveillance monitoring applications. His research is supervised by Dr. Gunho Sohn.

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GeoICT Awarded Two Research Grants

Recently, the two research proposals developed by Dr. Gunho Sohn at GeoICT lab were awarded (approx. C$683K) from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and GeoDigital International and the Ministry of Construction and Transportation of Korea (Nov. 2007 - Aug. 2011 & Jan 2008 - Jan 2011). - "Automated Change Detection of 3D Landscape Objects for Power Line Corridor Mapping by Integrating Airborne LiDAR and Multiple-viewing Digital Cameras" sponsored by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) (Jan 2008 - Jan 2011) - "Spatiotemporal Analysis of 3D Urban Change Information by Integrating Airborne/Spaceborne Optical Images and LiDAR data" sponsored by the Ministry of Construction and Transportation of Korea (Nov 2007 - August 2011) We are currently developing several research proposals for applications in semantic-based surveillance, oceanographic in-situ sensor networking and spatiotemporal management of right-of-way infrastructures (gas/oil pipe lines and railways) and forest inventory.

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OCE Professional Outreach Award

Ima Ituen was granted the OCE Travel Grant ($2000) to attend the ISPRS Congress in Beijing. She presented her research work on workflow analysis for efficient powerline risk management during the poster session

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OCE Outreach Award

Ms. Ima Ituen, MES student at GeoICT lab, has been awarded the OCE Professional Outreach Awards, which fully supports Ima's activitives during the GEOIDE Summer School 2008 in June 1st - 6th at Niagara, ON.

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ISPRS Congress Recap

GeoICT members attend ISPRS Congress in Beijing 2008.

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