Special Issue "UAV in Smart City and Smart Region"

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Michal Kačmařík
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Guest Editor
Department of Geoinformatics, VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava, 17. listopadu 2172/15, Ostrava, 70800, Czech Republic
Tel. +420 597 325 512
Interests: remote sensing; unmanned air vehicles; natural hazards; global navigation satellite systems; spatial data collection
Dr. Eija Honkavaara
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Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGI, National Land Survey of Finland, Geodeetinrinne 2, Masala, FI-02430, Finland
Tel. +358401920835
Interests: photogrammetry; hyperspectral imaging; UAV; calibration; SLAM; machine learning
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Dr. Václav Šafář
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Research Institute of Geodesy, Topography and Cartography, v.v.i, Ústecká 98, Zdiby, 250 66, Czech Republic
Tel. +420 724 020 478
Interests: photogrammetry; UAV; archive aerial images; BIM; precision farming; remote sensing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The fast increase in the utilization of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and development of Smart Cities/Regions are opening new possibilities and challenges in providing and utilization of up-to-date information about various spatial features and phenomena shaping our world. Such information needs to be provided from variable locations, sometimes with a short time latency or with a high update rate and practically always at the lowest possible costs. In all these factors, UAVs can excel as they have proven to be an effective tool for a variety of mapping and monitoring purposes. In addition to that, many UAV applications not targeting spatial data collection are already in operational use or under development.

This Special Issue, which stems from the conference “GIS Ostrava 2020: UAV in Smart City and Smart Region”, welcomes but is not limited to contributions in the following topics:

  • Image orientation and accurate georeferencing;
  • Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM);
  • Integration of UAV data with other data sources;
  • Current trends in data processing;
  • 2D mapping;
  • 3D mapping;
  • Civil security, emergency management, search and rescue operations, situation awareness;
  • Natural hazards monitoring;
  • Precision farming with UAVs;
  • Environmental mapping and monitoring with UAVs;
  • Change detection in urban and natural environments;
  • Infrastructure and building inspection with UAVs and BIM;
  • Collaborative UAVs and swarm UAVs;
  • Autonomous operation, unmanned traffic management;
  • UAV regulations.

Assoc. Prof. Michal Kačmařík
Prof. Fabio Remondino
Dr. Eija Honkavaara
Dr. Václav Šafář
Guest Editors

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  • unmanned air vehicles
  • smart city
  • smart region
  • mapping and visualization
  • 3D modeling
  • autonomous systems
  • change detection
  • inspection and monitoring
  • precision farming
  • UAV regulations

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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