Mapping Drones in Action

Mapping Drones in Action

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 05:00 to 08:00

Main Lecture Hall, UWSA

With a precision of up to 5 cm, Mapping Drones are used to generate precise 2D and 3D data to help understanding settlement and vegetation patterns.These relatively inexpensive drone technologies are used by NGOs and independent researchers to build local knowledge. In particular, they empower underprivileged communities by allowing immediate access to valuable high-resolution geo-data – consisting of high-resolution 2D aerial imagery and 3D point clouds. Initially conceived as a weapon and rightfully criticized as a device for surveillance, the civilian use of drones as a supporting device for local communities raises questions of air rights, a domain that has historically remained out of reach for the majority of humanity. This talk will discuss the pros and cons of drone applications and will introduce inexpensive Mapping Drones as a means to access the sky for cartographic purposes.

 

Instructor

Frank Sedlar is an engineer studying the convergence of the worlds’ urban populations with the effects of climate change, particularly flooding, in megacities around the world. He is currently a Fulbright Fellow in Indonesia were he is working with PetaJakarta.org and the DKI Jakarta Government to coordinate an Urban Drone Research Program. Additionally, Frank is the founder of Empyrean Labs, a company specializing in drone mapping and surveying in remote areas around the world.

 

Workshop

The workshop is limited to 20 participants and privilege will be given to graduate students potentially utilizing these mapping techniques in their research. Should you be interested to join this workshop, please contact Assoc. Prof. Mona El Khafif melkhafif@uwaterloo.ca