Palais de la Musique et des Congrès
Strasbourg, France
9 - 12 September 2019
Conference SD103
Electro-Optical Remote Sensing
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Abstract Due:
13 March 2019

Author Notification:
24 May 2019

Manuscript Due Date:
14 August 2019

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Conference Chairs
Program Committee
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  • Peter Lutzmann, Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (Germany)
  • Kenneth J. McEwan, Defence Science and Technology Lab. (United Kingdom)
  • Vasyl Molebny, National Taras Shevchenko Univ. of Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • Gunnar Rustad, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Norway)
  • Monte D. Turner, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Call for
Over the last half century, electro-optical remote sensing has developed into an essential military technology. The efficiency and efficacy of thermal imagers, light amplification sights, laser designators and rangefinders, and video trackers have been well established. New technologies now permit thermal imaging systems to operate in new spectral domains with improved efficiency. Passive RF devices can image through walls, and laser systems have moved past simple rangefinders to permit high-fidelity, three-dimensional imaging at extended ranges. Synthetic aperture optical radar has the potential to significantly extend the range of three-dimensional imaging. Laser Doppler vibrometry can now identify vehicles well beyond visual ranges. Passive hyperspectral imaging and remote laser spectroscopy can identify material types and even detect the presence of specific chemical species.

Meanwhile, fully automatic target detection, recognition, and identification have been highly desirable, but equally elusive objectives. The development of advanced and affordable signal and high-speed data processing, coupled with these new sensing technologies, now opens the opportunity for both automatic and autonomous target detection, recognition and identification. High-speed digital processing and advanced algorithms enable the fusion of the data from multiple sensors having different resolutions, perspectives and modes of operation at the pixel, feature or detection level to enhance the recognition and identification process.

These advances are coming available at a very opportune time. Low-intensity conflicts, unconventional warfare, urban combat, border security and the continued rise in terrorism has created a need for new and innovative application of these technologies in very unconventional ways. As a result, these technologies are finding their way into civil defense, law enforcement and counterterrorism efforts.

This conference will focus on new and improved methods, techniques, and applications of electro-optical remote sensing. Recent advances which make electro-optical remote sensing technically or economically viable for an even wider variety of applications will be emphasized. However, the development of technology cannot be effective without serious consideration of the applications of that technology. Papers on military, industrial, and commercial applications are solicited, including:

  • robotics, 2D and 3D machine vision, autonomous land vehicle navigation and control, spacecraft docking system, collision avoidance for ground vehicles, aircraft and marine vessels
  • remote detection and analysis of chemical explosives, mine-like objects, weapons of mass destruction, water and air pollution
  • compact sensor systems suitable for unmanned air vehicles, umqanned ground vehicles and/or unmanned underwater vehicles
  • automatic target detection, recognition and identification, signal and data processing, image segmentation, machine vision and information processing
  • non-contact metrology, vibrometry, dynamics, and microdynamics measurement modeling, simulation and model validation
  • surveillance sensors, short and long distance ranging systems, topographic mapping and bathymetry systems, remote sensing of vegetation, surveying and image building, emergency response (disaster management) as well as component technology and novel system architectures and applications
  • surveillance sensors for detection, tracking and identification of small air vehicles (e.g., UAVs, ultralights and hang gliders)
  • sensors for border security, perimeter control and intrusion detection
  • security issues such as remote explosive detection, general dangerous materials, person recognition at distance, weapon detection, see-through media (vegetation, water, smoke and fire) etc.
  • calibration standards, testing standards and quality assurance procedures.

  • The objective of this conference is to bring together engineers and scientists from academia, industry and government from around the world to exchange results and ideas for future advancement of electro-optical remote sensing.
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