UAS4RS Conference 2017

UAS4RS Conference 2017

Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Remote Sensing - Beyond Pretty Pictures: Real Data, Real Information
We are taking the leap to move beyond pretty pictures to use drones as our workhorses for collecting real data and providing real information. We’d like to invite you to share your thoughts and experiences...

Conference Schedule

Wednesday 24 May
08:30 – 08:45     Welcome – Arko Lucieer and Stuart Phinn – presentation
08:45 – 09:30     Keynote #1 Pablo Zarco-Tejada – Unmanned aerial systems to understand vegetation functioning: Life beyond beautiful images?
09:30 – 09:50     “Speed Meet”: four 3-min rapid introductions (chair: Karen Joyce)
09:50 – 10:50      Presentation session #1  – Vegetation & Structure (chair: Juliane Bendig)
·        Tim Whiteside – Application of multi-source UAV data to assess revegetation efforts on waste rock – presentation abstract

·        Kasper Johansen – Pre- and Post-Pruning Assessment of Lychee Tree Crop Structure Using Multi-Spectral RPAS Imagery – presentation abstract

·        Dongryeol Ryu – UAV-borne Mapping of Crop Water Stress in a Nectarine and Peach Orchard Using Thermal Infrared Imagery – presentation abstract

10:50 – 11:15     Coffee & posters
11:15 – 12:35      Presentation session #2 – Mapping, Surveying, Monitoring (chair: Darren Turner)
·        Miguel Alvarado – Overview of the development of a methodology to monitor PM10 with UAS – presentation abstract

·        Junping Wang – Applications of Unmanned Aircraft System for Genomic Selection of Drought Tolerance in Forages – presentation abstract

·        Felipe Gonzalez – Standard Operating Procedures for UAV or Drone based Monitoring of Wildlife – presentation abstract SOP

·        Steve J. Harwin – A Comparison of standard Fixed Wing versus Multi Rotor Drone Photogrammetry Surveys – presentation abstract

12:35 – 13:00     Poster presentations 3-min speakers (chair: Tim Whiteside)
·        Bonny Stutsel- Using Ground Based Sensors to Inform Thermal RPAS Methods for Detecting Crop Damage after Frost Events – abstract

·        Parvez Mahbub – LEDs as Light Sources for Portable Analysis: Sensing of Atmospheric Methane with Rapidly Pulsed IR-LEDs and Applicability to Remote Monitoring of Gases – abstract

·        Ansara Noori – Highly Sensitive and Quantitative Measurements of Atmospheric Methane with On-the-fly Rapid Data Handling for UAV based monitoring – abstract

·        Bikram P. Banerjee – Mapping of endangered swamp species from a UAV-hyperspectral system – abstract

·        Gustavo T. Alckmin – Use of Remote Sensing Techniques to Enhance Forage Management: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – abstract

·        Lola Suarez – MUASIP – Melbourne Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Platform. Capabilities and examples – abstract

13:00 – 14:00     Lunch
14:00 – 14:45     Keynote #2 – Bek Christensen – Research Infrastructure for Essential Environmental Information – what role for UAS? – presentation
14:45 – 15:15     Poster presentations 3-min speakers (chair: Stuart Phinn)
·       Sameer Joshi – High-Throughput Aerial Phenotyping for Improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Wheat – abstract

·       Mary E. Murphy – Remote Sensing Of Frost Damage In Wheat: Trying to Identify Spectral Response Patterns Across Space And Time – abstract

·        Yu-Hsuan Tu – Evaluating radiometric corrections of  multi-spectral drone image data for horticultural applications – abstract

·        Irfan A. Iqbal – Comparison of point cloud data sourced from airborne laser scanning and UAS photogrammetry – application to forest inventory – abstract

15:15 – 15:40     Coffee
15:40 – 16:40     Presentation session #3 – Sensors I (chair: Simon Jones)
·        Arko Lucieer – Hyperspectral imaging from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)-Sensor integration and geometric processing workflows for pushbroom and snapshot sensors – presentation abstract

·        Faheem Iqbal – Poppy crop height estimation from a single UAS flight – presentation abstract

·        Luke Wallace – Seeing the ground through the trees – presentation abstract

16:40 – 17:30     Posters session
18:30 – 19:00     Bus to Frogmore Creek (leaves from: 4 Elizabeth St)
19:00 – 22:00     Conference dinner: Frogmore Creek
22:00 – 22:30     Bus to Hobart
Thursday 25 May
09:00 09:45     Keynote #3 – Anttoni Jaakkola – Multisensoral UAV-based reference measurements for forestry applications – presentation
09:45 – 11:05     Presentation session #4 – Agriculture (chair: Felipe Gonzalez)
·        Arko Lucieer – Dot-to-dot – recent progress in airborne laser scanning from UAS: calibration, accuracy assessment, and application – presentation – presentation

·        Eileen M. Perry – Flying Low and Slow: High Resolution Imagery for Agricultural Field Research – presentation abstract

·        Pieter E. Badenhorst – Yield Assessment of a 270 000 Plant Perennial Ryegrass Field Trial using a Multispectral Aerial Imaging Platform – presentation abstract

·        Surya Kant – Applications of Unmanned Aircraft System for Improving Water Use Efficiency in Wheat – presentation abstract

11:05 – 11:30     Coffee & Break
11:30 – 12:50     Presentation session #5 – Vegetation & classification  (chair: Arko Lucieer)
·        Felipe Gonzalez – Towards the Automatic Detection of Pre-existing Termite Mounds in Arid Lands using UAVs, Hyperspectral Cameras and Machine Learning Approaches – presentation abstract

·        Ning Liu – New applications of UAV technology in agriculture: estimating carbon sequestration and water repellency – presentation abstract

·        Rene H.J. Heim – Hyperspectral remote sensing of plant pathogens: Detecting and monitoring Myrtle Rust – presentation abstract

·        Bilal H. Alsalam – Invasive Spear Thistle Weed Detection and Zoysia grass Mapping Using UAV Aerial Imagery – presentation abstract

12:50 – 13:50     Lunch   
13:50 – 14:35     Keynote #4 – Karen Joyce – To Drone for Science – presentation
14:35 – 15:35     Presentation session #6 – Sensors II (chair: Kasper Johansen)
·        Darren Turner- Thermal Infrared remote sensing with a FLIR Vue Pro-R – presentation abstract

·      Juliane Bendig – Beyond (pretty) spectra – Measuring plant chlorophyll fluorescence from a UAS – presentation abstract

·        Deepak Gautam – Geolocation of a UAS mounted spectrometer footprint

15:35 – 16:00     Coffee
16:00 – 17:00     Presentation session #7 – Vegetation & ecosystems (chair: Karen Joyce)
·        Stuart Phinn – UAS, RPAS, Drones – Data, Meta-data, Protocols, Portals etc…? – presentation

·        Tim Whiteside  – Current Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) program for environmental monitoring in northern Australia and future directions – presentation abstract

·        John Weiss – Evaluating the effectiveness of UAS obtained imagery at detecting early stages of phylloxera incursion in vineyards – presentation abstract

17:00 – 17:15     Conference close – Arko Lucieer and Stuart Phinn



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Keynotes announced: UAS experts speak about vegetation functioning and recent developments in LiDAR

Pablo Zarco-Tejada and Anttoni Jaakola will be our international keynote speakers at UAS4RS2017.   Dr Pablo Zarco-Tejada is the Director of the Laboratory for Research Methods in Quantitative Remote Sensing (QuantaLab) and currently part of the Forest Resources and Climate Unit of the Joint Research Centre (JRC, European Commission). At …

Final call for abstracts

We have extended our final abstract submission deadline until 29 March 2017. Conference and Hands-on Day registration is open until 3 May 2017. We have plenty of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities at UAS4RS. If you are interested, please send an email to

UAS4RS 2017 in Hobart

After a very successful inaugural UAS4RS Conference in 2016 at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, we are very excited to announce the UAS4RS 2017 Conference to be held in Hobart, Tasmania on 24 and 215 May 2017!