Special Issue "3D Urban Modeling by Fusion of Lidar Point Clouds and Optical Imagery"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2022.
The journal Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292) is currently running a Special Issue entitled “3D Urban Modeling by Fusion of Lidar Point Clouds and Optical Imagery”. Dr. Csaba Benedek is serving as Guest Editor for this issue.
Over the last decade, lidar (light detection and ranging) sensors have become indispensable tools in many applications fields of 3D urban scene modeling, such as virtual city reconstruction, road quality assessment, traffic analysis and control, cultural heritage documentation or evaluating the energy management of buildings. On the positive side, lidars are able to rapidly collect very accurate 3D data from large areas, and they can be integrated into various platforms, including aerial mapping systems (ALS), static terrestrial scanners (TLS), and mobile laser scanning (MLS) devices. However, by using the current technologies, we should deal with the trade-off between the spatial and temporal resolution of the recorded data: While real-time scanners, such as rotating multi-beam Lidar sensors provide high frame-rate measurement sequences, the individual point cloud frames are notably sparse, making high-level scene analysis definitely challenging. On the other hand, lidar-based aerial or terrestrial mapping systems fulfil a time demanding sequential scanning process of the environment while the sensor is continuously moving. Therefore, the resulting high-density point clouds are affected by registration artefacts, while all dynamic scene objects appear as phantom-like long-drawn, distorted structures in the recorded scene map. In addition, since laser does not provide color information, the visualization of lidar point clouds or lidar-based surface models demands accessory data sources.
Fusing lidar data with high-resolution optical images offers various possible ways to cope with the limitations of purely lidar-based or purely image-based methods. Both early and late fusion approaches, application of geometric, probabilistic or machine learning techniques are frequently taken into consideration and often lead to a significantly improved performance. Since the technology side is rapidly improving, the development of new efficient fusion algorithms is timely and required, which is the topic that serves as the focus of this Special Issue. High-quality, unpublished submissions that address one or more of the following topics are solicited:
- Lidar–camera registration;
- Virtual city model generation;
- 3D building reconstruction;
- Cultural heritage scene reconstruction;
- Dynamic urban scene analysis, event monitoring, and unusual event detection;
- Urban traffic analysis and control;
- Road quality assessment, surveys of road marks and traffic signs, urban green area estimation;
- Fusion of aerial and terrestrial lidar and image
Dr. Csaba Benedek
Manuscript Submission Information
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- 3D urban scene modeling
- Point clouds
- Optical imagery
- Image fusion