Woods Hole Oceanographer Dave Gallo to Deliver Keynote Address at 2016 International LiDAR Mapping Forum

Presentation will discuss Gallo’s expedition to map the RMS Titanic using multi-sensor seafloor mapping

December 17, 2015 (Portland, Maine) Dave Gallo, Oceanographer and Director of Special Projects at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will deliver the keynote Beyond Titanic: The Pursuit of Tactical Oceanography at International LiDAR Mapping Forum on Monday, February 22, 2016 in Denver. Dr. Gallo has been at the forefront of ocean exploration for over 25 years and was one of the first scientists to use a combination of robots and manned submersibles to map the ocean floor in great detail.  

Most recently, Dr. Gallo co-led an expedition to create the first detailed and comprehensive map of the RMS Titanic. He has been described by TED Conferences as "an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea and those of us on dry land," and his TED presentation “Underwater Astonishments” has attracted 12 million views, placing it among the top ten most-downloaded.

In his Keynote, Dr. Gallo will discuss the rapid growth in our ability to visualize the undersea world, the new sensors and platforms that have provided unparalleled information about the shape and texture of the seafloor and the waters above, and the challenges that still exist with navigation, power, multi-sensor fusion etc. His presentation will use RMS Titanic as an example of multi-sensor seafloor mapping and will address the recent advances in the ability to produce tactical oceanographic information.  

“There is tremendous value in stepping outside our world to see mapping in a different light. Dave takes us on an entertaining and insightful journey into the ocean depths to reveal new approaches to mapping unknown worlds on our own planet,” said Lisa Murray, ILMF Show Director. “Often these ideas inspire new ways of thinking, whether a forest, a floodplain, or the ocean floor. LiDAR professionals will recognize similarities between Dave’s work and their own, while also getting to see some incredible discoveries and to share in new approaches for addressing the challenges of mapping beneath the sea.”

 Other sessions will cover topics including:

  • Single photon, flash and Geiger-mode LiDAR
  • Linear LiDAR technology
  • Topo-Bathymetry
  • Data fusion & processing technologies
  • Pointclouds & automated feature extraction
  • Developments in data classification & GIS modeling
  • Forestry & vegetation monitoring
  • Game changing technologies on the horizon

View the complete Conference Program here. International LiDAR Mapping Forum will take place February 22-24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.


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About International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF)
International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) is a technical conference & exhibition focused on airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technology used for applications including Asset Management; Civil Infrastructure; Coastal Zone Mapping; Emergency Services & Disaster Response; Land and Natural Resource Management; and Urban Modeling. The 2016 edition of the annual event will be held February 22-24, 2016 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 Diversified Communications.