ASPRS Announces Five Awards

ASPRS recently announced the following awards:

ASPRS Announces Nicole Wayant as 2009 Winner of The Abraham Anson Memorial Scholarship
Nicole Wayant is the first winner of the Abraham Anson Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship was established in 2008.  The purpose of the award is to encourage undergraduate students currently enrolled or intending to enroll in a U.S. college or university who have an exceptional interest in pursuing scientific research or education in geospatial science or technology related to photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying and mapping to enter a professional field where they can use the knowledge of this discipline to excel in their profession..  This annual scholarship will consist of a certificate and a check in the amount of $1,000 and a one-year student membership (new or renewal) in the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). 

Wayant is a senior at Kansas State University (KSU), studying for her BS in Geography and her BS in Mathematics.  She has received several academic honors and awards for her scholastic achievements.   She has also worked on several research projects at the university, notably, on a project entitled “Spatial-temporal Analysis of Malaria in Paraguay: Correlating Malaria and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index.”  She expects to graduate in May 2009 and intend to pursue further studies in a graduate program in remote sensing.

For over six decades, Lt. Col. Abraham Anson, affectionately known as Abe, devoted a considerable period of his life to the cause of the Society in various forums and forms, as an author of many articles, Associate Editor of the Manual of Color Aerial Photography and the first edition of the Manual of Remote Sensing, and the editor of the Proceedings of the Aerial Photography Workshop for the Plant Sciences. He served on the Society and the Potomac Region Boards and numerous committees. After his retirement, Anson assumed the task of compiling the history of the ASPRS and the Potomac Region from its founding days, working countless hours with great dedication for several years. 

BAE Systems Award Given to Ju Won Hwangbo By ASPRS Foundation
The BAE Systems Award was given to JuWon Hwangbo for work entitled “Integration of Orbital and Ground Image Networks for Automation of Rover Localization.” (Co-authored by Kaicahng Di and Rongxing Li).

The purpose of this award is to reward top quality research and publications by young students (under age 35 as of the application deadline) at the master’s or doctoral level and to encourage researchers to use the ASPRS Annual Conference as a vehicle to publish and present their findings.  The recipient’s paper will be published in Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing (PE&RS), the official journal of ASPRS. 

This award was first offered in 2005 and consists of a certificate and a grant of $2,000.  It was given during the 2009 Annual ASPRS Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in March.

Hwangbo’s paper deals with a new development towards automation of the rover localization process using orbital and ground images.  Using a rigorous sensor model and bundle adjustment of HiRISE stereo imagery, high resolution orthophotos and DEMs can be generated as soon as the orbital stereo images are acquired. The proposed method has been tested for the Spirit rover traverse.  Experimental results show that the orbital/ground rock matching approach has performed successfully for MER rover localization.

2009 Boeing Award for Best Paper in Image Analysis and Interpretation Announced by ASPRS
The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Boeing Award Selection Committee recently announced the winners of this year’s Boeing Award for Best Paper in Image Analysis and Interpretation.  

The winners are Robert A. Chastain, Jr., Matthew A. Struckhoff, Hong S. He, and David R. Larsen for “Mapping Vegetation Communities Using Statistical Data Fusion in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri, USA.” PE&RS 74, (2), 247-264.

Presentation of this award took place in March during the ASPRS 2009 Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The award is presented by ASPRS through the ASPRS Foundation, with funding provided by Boeing I&SS Mission Systems.  The purpose of the award is to stimulate development and recognize achievement in image interpretation and analysis through special acknowledgment of superior publications in the field. The award consists of a presentation plaque provided by Boeing and cash award of $500.

Established in 1965 as the Autometric Award, this grant recognizes development and achievement in the field of photographic interpretation through special acknowledgment of superior publications on the various aspects of image analysis and interpretation.

ASPRS Announces Sergio Bernardes as 2009 Colwell Fellowship Winner
The Robert N. Colwell Memorial Fellowship for 2009 was awarded to Sergio Bernardes.  He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia (UGA) where he expects to earn a PhD in Geography in 2010.

This award was presented by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) through the ASPRS Foundation from funds donated by students, associates, colleagues and friends of Robert N. Colwell.  The award consists of a grant in the amount of $5,000, a certificate, and a one-year student or associate membership (new or renewal) in ASPRS.  The presentation of the award took place at the ASPRS 2009 Annual Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland in March.

The Colwell award was established in 2006 to encourage and commend college/university graduate students or post-doctoral researchers who display exceptional interest, desire, ability and aptitude in the field of remote sensing or other related geospatial information technologies, and who have a special interest in developing practical uses of these technologies.

Bernardes’ research involves multi-temporal and multi-sensor analyses of biophysical parameters of vegetation in the Brazilian Amazon forest and savanna transition areas.  His research on modeling of carbon sources and sinks, understanding human impacts on Brazilian Amazon forests and savanna, and advancing remote sensing image processing techniques will provide an important contribution to global change monitoring and modeling.  Bernardes’ research program is consistent with the emphasis on practical applications of remote sensing to natural resources that characterized the career of Dr. Colwell, in whose memory this Fellowship is awarded.

Bernardes earned a BS degree in Agricultural Engineering from Vicossa Federal University, Brazil in 1991 and an MS degree in Remote Sensing from the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research in 1996.  He held a highly competitive university-wide Graduate School Award for two years at the UGA and received the ASPRS GeoEye Award and other UGA graduate awards in 2008.

ASPRS Announces Charles K. Toth as Winner of The Photogrammetric Award
The Photogrammetric Award (Fairchild) was awarded to Charles K. Toth, PhD at the 2009 Annual ASPRS Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in March.  This award, the essence of which is practicability, is designed to stimulate the development of the art of aerial photogrammetry in the United States.  The selection committee makes its choice based on an outstanding invention or design involving any type of equipment that applies to the art of aerial photogrammetry; any outstanding method developed for the general use of aerial photographs and/or imagery; outstanding research for study along aerial photogrammetric lines and outstanding effort for the general advancement of the art of photogrammetry.  Lockheed Martin donates funding for the award, which consis
ts of a silver presentation plaque.

Toth graduated from the Technical University of Budapest earning MSc and PhD degrees.  He is a senior research scientist at the Center for Mapping, the Ohio State University and has made several contributions to the field of photogrammetric theory and practice in the last two decades, being equally involved in state-of-the-art research and innovative use of technology in both academic and application environments.

He has published over 200 papers in various journals and proceedings and most recently co-edited the first book dedicated to lidar technology. 

Toth has been a very active member of ASPRS, serving as Director of the Photogrammetric Applications Division, Committee Chair and currently as National Director of the Eastern Great Lakes Region.  Internationally, he has served the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing as Chair and Co-chair of various Working Groups in the last four Congress periods.

Founded in 1934, ASPRS is an international professional organization of 6,000 geospatial data professionals. ASPRS is devoted to advancing knowledge and improving understanding of the mapping sciences to promote responsible application of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems and supporting technologies.

About The ASPRS Foundation
Founded in 1979, The ASPRS Foundation, Inc. is an independent 501 (c) 3 organization established to provide grants, scholarships, loans and other forms of aid to individuals or organizations pursuing knowledge of imaging and geospatial information science and technology, and their applications across the scientific, governmental, and commercial sectors.  The Foundation is the primary funding source for all non-sponsored awards and scholarships recognized by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.