Special Issue "Advances in Mobile Mapping Technologies"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Engineering Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ville Lehtola
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Guest Editor
Department of Earth Observation Science, ITC Faculty, University of Twente, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
Interests: mobile mapping; perception; LIDAR; 3D point clouds; indoor; multi-sensor systems; edge computing; autonomous navigation and positioning; computational science
Prof. Dr. Andreas Nüchter
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Guest Editor
Robotics and Telematics, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg, Germany
Interests: 3D robot vision (3D Point Cloud Processing); Robotics and automation; telematics/geomatics; sensing and perception; semantics, machine vision; cognition; artificial intelligence
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Prof. Dr. François Goulette
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Robotics Lab, MINES ParisTech - PSL University, 60 boulevard Saint Michel, 75272 PARIS Cedex 06, France
Interests: mobile mapping systems; 3D point cloud acquisition; 3D modeling; Lidar

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Mobile mapping is applied widely in society for example, in asset management, fleet management, construction planning, road safety, and maintenance optimization. Yet, further advances in these technologies are called for. Advances can be radical, such as changes to the prevailing paradigms in mobile mapping, or incremental, such as the state-of-the-art mobile mapping methods.

With current multi-sensor systems in mobile mapping, laser-scanned data are often registered into point clouds with the aid of global navigation satellite system (GNSS) positioning or simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) techniques and then labeled and colored with the aid of machine learning methods and digital camera data. These multi-sensor platforms are beginning to see further advances via the addition of multi-spectral and other sensors and via the development of machine learning techniques used in processing this multi-modal data.

Embedded systems and minimalistic system designs are also attracting attention, from both academic and commercial perspectives. These systems typically aim for radical novel innovations or for specific applications. For example, single-photon technologies have great potential in the miniaturization of mobile laser scanning (MLS) systems.

We would like to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue of Remote Sensing by submitting original manuscripts, experimental work, and/or reviews in the field of Advances in Mobile Mapping Technologies. Open data, open source, and open hardware contributions are especially welcomed. Contributions may be from, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Novel multi-sensor fusion techniques
  • System design and development
  • Multispectral implementations and advances
  • Robust calibration techniques
  • New open data sets
  • Improvements in positioning, including seamless indoor-outdoor 3D mapping
  • Low-cost solutions
  • Novel application cases in different challenging environments, e.g., indoor, urban, forest, underground, maritime, and underwater
  • Solutions that generalize for different environments
  • Simultaneous localization and mapping
  • Point cloud processing
  • Machine learning
  • Deep learning
  • Accuracy, precision, and quality assessment
  • Autonomous navigation
  • Post-disaster assessment

Prof. Dr. Ville Lehtola
Prof. Dr. Andreas Nüchter
Prof. Dr. François Goulette
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Mobile mapping
  • Laser scanning
  • Machine learning
  • Autonomous navigation
  • SLAM
  • Point cloud
  • Multi-sensor
  • Low-cost
  • Multispectral
  • Indoor 3D

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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