International LiDAR Mapping Forum Keynotes are Dr. Ronald Sega, Colorado State University Professor and Former Astronaut, and Gretchen West, DroneDeploy VP

15th Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition To Take Place February 23-25 in Denver

February 11, 2015 ( Portland, Maine, USA) – Dr. Ronald M. Sega, Woodward Professor of Systems Engineering and Director of Graduate Studies in Systems Engineering at Colorado State University, and Gretchen West, Vice President, Business Development and Regulatory Affairs at DroneDeploy, will deliver Keynote Addresses at International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF). The 15thannual technical conference and exhibition will take place February 23-25, 2015in Denver.

Dr. Sega’s Keynote is entitled  “A Systems Approach to Remote Sensing and Gaining Understanding in Various Applications.” In it, he will explore the evolution of individual systems and the increasing opportunities to gain insight and value when viewed from an integrated systems approach. Dr. Sega served as Vice President and Enterprise Executive for Energy and the Environment at both Colorado State University (CSU) and The Ohio State University (OSU). He holds a B.S. in math and physics from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, an M.S. in physics from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado. A former astronaut, he flew aboard Space Shuttles Discovery (1994) and Atlantis (1996).  His full bio and abstract can be found here.  “We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Sega to ILMF,” said Lisa Murray, ILMF Director. “The integrated systems approach is a critical topic for remote sensing professionals.”

Ms. West’s Keynote  “UAS and the Internet of Things” will examine the future of the UAS market in terms of technology advances, growth potential, and regulatory affairs.  Previously, Ms. West was AUVSI's Executive Vice President, overseeing AUVSI's government relations and advocacy efforts for the unmanned systems industry.  View her bio and full abstract here.  Ms. West is an advocate and trailblazer in the evolving UAS market,” said Ms.  Murray. “Her expertise and insights will help get ILMF attendees up to speed about the latest UAS information in terms of technology, opportunity and regulatory affairs.”

The ILMF  conference program will feature over 60 industry experts presenting best practices and case studies for cutting-edge technologies such as Geiger-mode LiDAR, Focal Plane Array (FPA) LiDAR, Mobile Mapping Systems (MMS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.  “The ILMF 2015  Advisory Board was instrumental in vetting conference abstracts and will moderate conference sessions,” said Linda McLaughlin, ILMF Conference Program Manager. “They bring to the table rich and varied expertise about the key topics at this year’s event.”

There’s an entire  workshop dedicated to UAVs/UAS on Monday February 23 from 9:30-12:15. Panelists include UAV/UAS experts from Aerial Data Systems, Airware, Altavian, Drone Analyst, DroneDeploy, Leica/Aibotix Phoenix Aerial, Solutions, RIEGL, senseFly, Topcon, Trimble/Gatewing, Velodyne and University of Colorado, Denver.

For more information visit  www.lidarmap.org/internationalRegistration is available online here.

About International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF)
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) is a technical conference & exhibition focused on data acquisition, fusion, processing & point clouds for airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR used to support transport, urban modelling, coastal zone mapping, utility asset management and more. The 2015 edition of the annual event will be held February 23-25, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. For more information, visit www.lidarmap.org/international. ILMF is part of a network of events and media for the global geospatial market organized by  SPAR Point Group.

About SPAR Point Group
SPAR Point Group organizes conferences and provides news and information for professionals involved in 3D imaging technologies. Content– delivered in-person and online– gives practitioners tools and information to make better business decisions. SPAR Point Group is globally recognized for providing platform-neutral 3D technology conferences. SPAR Point Group is wholly-owned by  Diversified Communications.


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