Founded in 1934, ASPRS 2006 Annual Conference is an international professional organization of 6,000 geospatial data professionals.
ASPRS is devoted to advancing knowledge and improving understanding of the mapping sciences to promote responsible application of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, GIS and supporting technologies. The ASPRS 2006 Annual Conference was held May 1-5 at the Reno Hilton Hotel, Reno, Nevada with nearly 1400 attendees. This year’s conference had the main theme as “Prospecting for Geospatial Information”.
The Conference was opened with a keynote address delivered jointly by Stephen K. Robinson, PhD, NASA Astronaut and Donn Liddle with Muniz Engineering. Their presentation was on, “Inspecting the Space Shuttle in Flight using Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing Technology.”
A Plenary session that opened the conference on Thursday, May 4 was presented collaboratively by Darrel Williams, a NASA Landsat 7-Project Scientist, and R. J. Thompson, Chief of the USGS National Center for EROS. The Topic of address was “New Direction for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission”.
Thirteen workshops, many filled to capacity, were offered on the two days preceding the conference, and covered a wide array of topics including:
- Professional Airborne Digital Mapping Systems – an Overview;
- Assessing the Accuracy of GIS Information Created from Remotely Sensed Data: Principles and Practices;
- RS of Vegetation; Advanced Topics in Orthophoto Production;
- Emerging Technologies in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
There was a specially designed workshop for those seeking ASPRS certification.
More than 300 technical papers covered many diverse topics including Accuracy Assessments, Wetlands and Forests, Lidar and 3D Studies, Photogrammetry, Feature Extraction, K-12 Education for the Geospatial Sciences, Techniques for Studying Urban Growth and Geohazard Monitoring. Panel discussions included Re-engineering the National Geospatial Programs within the USGS and Developing a Better Fit with the National Spatial Data Infrastructure and Geospatial One-Stop, Licensure & Certification Past, Present and Future, and What is the Future for Remote Sensors?
A new format for open discussion of selected topics was introduced at this year’s conference. This was held in an open area of the hotel that allowed participation on an as-desired basis by permitting attendees to join any or all of the six “Hot Topic” areas. The topics discussed:
- Certification – What’s in it for me?,
- State Licensure,
- Professional Development and Getting a Job,
- Lidar-Guidelines, Applications & More,
- Data Acquisition in Times of Disaster
- The Future of Landsat.
Student Advisory Council
Also introduced at the 2006 conference was the formation of a Student Advisory Council (SAC). Through the SAC, students will have an opportunity to voice their opinions and discuss ways the Society can serve them best.
An Exhibit Hall of more than 80 booths showcased the latest in products and services of suppliers worldwide.
Honors and Awards
The ASPRS tradition of honoring members who have contributed to the field and to the Society continued this year with a Memorial Address for David S. Simonett. Dr. Simonett achieved prominence in the field as Chairman of the Geography Department at the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Stanley Morain presented the highlights of his life.
Several social events rounded out this stellar conference for 2006, including the Exhibitors’ Reception on May 3 and An Evening at the National Automobile Museum on May 4.0
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