Stalwarts address ISPRS centenary celebration

Stalwarts address ISPRS centenary celebration


Vienna, Austria: The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) is celebrating the Centenary of its founding on July 4, 1910, at its birthplace, Vienna University of Technology. A series of events from 2 July to 7 July 2010 have been scheduled to mark the historic occasion.

On the centenary day, 4 July, the invited guests assembled in the Kuppel-Saal of the Vienna University of Technology. Welcoming the delegates, the Rector of the Technical University of Vienna, Professor Peter Skalicky, gave a brief background of the institution and its history. The Kuppel-Saal, he mentioned, was 200 years old and a fitting venue for the celebration of ISPRS’s Centenary.

The first event was the presentation of the Karl Kraus medal to the best textbook. Karl Kraus was a passionate teacher and an authority on photogrammetry. The prize was instituted by the Austrian Society of Surveying and Geoinformation, the German Society of Photogrammetry Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Science and the Swiss Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. There were seven entries out of which the award went to “Close Range Photogrammetry: Principles, Techniques and Applications” by Thomas Luhmann, Stuart Robson, Stephen Kyle and Ian Harley.

Speaking on the history of ISPRS, Professor Gottfried Konecny gave a wonderful exposition interspersed with historical snippets and humour in his inimitable style. The history is available as a booklet. The second speaker, Lawrie Jordan from ESRI spoke on Geoimagery- A New Paradigm and covered the currently available technologies and the increasingly important role of imagery in geospatial applications. Dr Norbert Pfeifer then spoke on the future. In a scintillating talk he elaborated on the core issues facing the geospatial world and the future areas of work. These were new sensor technologies, increased automation in modelling, new applications and stronger feedback from sensors and methods.

In between the events, the University string quartet regaled the audience with pieces form Handel, Mozart and Strauss. In the evening, a gala dinner was arranged at the Festsaal of the City Hall of Vienna. The Deputy Mayor welcomed the audience. The highlight was an address by Prof Franz Josef Radermacher who spoke on Global Sustainable Development. He made a strong case for inclusive growth, avoiding the zero-sum game of the capitalist world.

Source: Our Special Correspondent