GIS Development to Facilitate Institute of Photogrammetry, University of Hannover

New Delhi, India - December 3, 2008 - In view of the exceptional value it has added towards development of geospatial science, The Institute of Photogrammetry (IPI), University of Hannover will be felicitated by GIS Development with the award for ' Building Geospatial Capacities and Knowledge Network' during the inaugural ceremony of Map World Forum on February 10, 2009 at Hyderabad, India. Prof. Christian Heipke, current Head of IPI along with the past heads - Prof. Gottfried Konecny and Dr. Karsten Jacobsen will receive the honor on behalf of the Institute. As a premier global geospatial media company, GIS Development recognises and honours mapping agencies, professional societies, companies, individuals and programmes for their visionary and outstanding contribution towards development and growth of geographic information tools, products, applications that in turn help in making geographic information a public commodity. These awards are presented once every two years during the biennial conference - Map World Forum. Previously, the award was conferred on ITC, The Netherlands in the year 2007.

The Institute of Photogrammetry, University of Hannover has contributed significantly towards development of photogrammetry and remote sensing tools for more than half century. This in turn has become a standard input for creating high resolution and updated geospatial content. Institute of Photogrammetry has persistently kept on its mission to undertake research, develop technologies and impart knowledge to a large number of students, who could further pursue the advocacy and practices of photogrammetry and remote sensing in various fields of development and management of earth and its resources. Professionals educated at and associated with Institute of photogrammetry, University of Hannover have been actively engaged in and practicing as geospatial professionals in different capacities with many companies, institutions, survey and mapping organizations and multilateral agencies, and in turn, serving the geospatial community worldwide.

“The whole institute feels deeply honoured about having been selected as the recipient of this prestigious award, and we will certainly strive to live up to it in the future,” says Prof. Christian Heipke, Head of the Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation (IPI). “I believe that if IPI has gained a reputation for international capacity building in geomatics over the years, it is actually far more due to the activities of my predecessor Prof. Gottfried Konecny and Dr. Karsten Jacobsen, both very familiar faces in India, than due to my own. I consider the award as a symbol of recognition for all of our efforts to collaborate with our friends in the international arena.”

“What a surprise, that you have selected our Institute to receive recognition at the Map World Forum 2009,” added Konecny, an internationally acclaimed remote sensing scholar and despite retirement 10 years ago still very active in his field. “It will be a pleasure for me to see India again, a country, which I have learned to be fond of since my first engagement for the plans for Iddikki Dam in Kerala in 1964.” And Jacobsen, referring to the Indian space programme incl. the recent successful launch of Chandrayaan-1, remarked that “India has been a worldwide leader in space related remote sensing and GIS technology for many years, and we all are very proud to be presented this award by an organisation with such outstanding international standing.”

Sanjay Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, GIS Development said, “It is indeed a matter of pride for us to announce the award being conferred on Institute of Photogrammetry, University of Hannover. We have received excellent feedback on the Institute and our team has also looked deeply into the efforts made by the Institute over the years to develop geospatial science. I personally think that the contributions of the Institute have added grate value to remote sensing and photogrammetry field. I am grateful to Prof. Heipke, Prof. Konecny and Dr. Jacobsen to have personally accepted to receive the award on the institute’s behalf.”

About Map World Forum

Map World Forum is a global confluence of geospatial experts and technology users. This biennial conference is being organised by GIS Development on February 10 - 13, 2009 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India. It is organized under the patronage of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Major International Societies supporting Map World Forum include the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA), the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) and International Cartographic Association (ICA). Map World Forum will also be promoted across the globe by the other media partners Directions Media, GIM International, ASM Newsletter, and GEOInformatics.

This year’s Map World Forum will include high-profile keynote remarks, guest lectures and plenary speeches addressing important issues and challenges facing the globe. The Technical programme of the Forum will include 9 sub themes for Plenary Addresses, 4 Vertical Theme Based Symposia, 7 Seminars, 4 Forums, a Summit on Navigation and Positioning technology, 15 Technical Sessions, Panel Discussions, Technology Shows, User Meets, Social Programmes and state-of-the-art exhibition spread across an area of 3500 sq. mtrs..

About Institute of Photogrammetry, University of Hannover

The Institute for Photogrammetry and GeoInformation (IPI) is a leading research and development institution in the fields of digital photogrammetry and remote sensing, and their relationship to geographic information science. Their main research focus lies on the automatic exploitation of aerial and satellite imagery in terms of geometry and semantics, but they also work on laser scanning and close range applications. We actively participate in numerous national and international research projects, mainly on an interdisciplinary basis. The institute also offers its services to public organisations and private companies in the fields of mapping and industrial measurement. Activities of the Institute include


  • Digital image processing
  • Fundamentals of photogrammetry
  • Automatic image analysis
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Close range photogrammetry
  • Photogrammetry and Geographic Information
  • Radar remote sensing


  • Integrated sensor orientation
  • Laser scanning
  • Radar remote sensing
  • Image analysis and geographic information
  • Close range photogrammetry

About GIS Development

GIS Development is an organisation dedicated to developing a Global Geospatial Communications Network. It strives to promote and propagate the use of geospatial technologies in various application areas for economic and social development. It remains dedicated to foster the growing network of those interested in geo-informatics worldwide and particularly in Asia. Through its activities - Magazine, Portal, Conferences, Training, Education and Research - it assists communities and governments in developing capabilities, policies and programmes as well as facilitates knowledge transfer to grassroot level.


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