International Association of Geodesy
Sub-Commission 4.2

Working Group 4.2.5: Application of Artificial Intelligence in Geospatial Mapping and Engineering Geodesy (2011 - 2015)

In the last years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become an essential technique for solving complex problems in Geospatial Mapping and Engineering Geodesy. AI is an extremely broad field - the topics rage from the understanding of the nature of intelligence to the understanding of knowledge representation and deduction processes, eventually resulting in the construction of computer programs which act intelligently. Especially the latter topic plays a central role in applications.

In 2008, the Working Group 4.2.5 of the IAG Sub-Commission 4.2 ("Applications of Geodesy in Engineering'') was reorganized and extended from "Application of Knowledge-Based Systems" to "Application of Artificial Intelligence". The reason behind this restructuring was to open the working group to researchers working on all sorts of problems concerning AI-techniques and engineering geodesy. Current applications using AI methodologies in engineering geodesy are geodetic data analysis, deformation analysis, navigation, deformation network adjustment, optimization of complex measurement procedure and others. Simultaneously with the restructuring of the working group, we decided to initiate a first workshop to bring together researcher from different research fields, mainly from informatics and geodesy.

As a follow-up to the AIEG workshop that was successfully held in Vienna in 2008 "The Workshop on Application of Artificial Intelligence and Innovation in Engineering Geodesy - AIEG 2010" was organized in Braunschweig and has given an overview of the state of the art and recent developments in AI application in engineering geodesy. The aim of AIEG is to bring together the members of the Working Group 4.2.5 in order to share and to transfer experience for the development of applications of artificial intelligence in engineering geodesy.

The main goal of the WG 4.2.5 is to study and report on topics such as control of measurement- and guidance-systems, deformation analysis, control of alert systems, and the evaluation of their complex data stream through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques (e.g. knowledge-based systems, genetic algorithms, artificial neural networks, etc.).


Alexander Reiterer (Fraunhofer-Institut for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM, Germany)
Group Manager Railway Measurement, Optical Measurement for Production and Processing
Research Interests: Image Assisted Theodolites, Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Geodesy, Multi-Sensor-Systems, Sensor and Data Fusion, Atmospheric Effects on Geodetic Measurements.


Uwe Egly (Vienna University of Technology, Austria) 
Associate Professor at Knowlede-Based Systems Group, Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
Research Interests: Knowledge representation and reasoning, Automated reasoning.


Klaus Chmelina (Geodata, Austria)
Position: Area Manager of the Geodata Branch Office Vienna
Research Interests: Application of Knowledge-Based Systems and Expert Systems in Tunneling, Intelligent Control of Measuring Systems and Processes.

Ioannis (John) D. Doukas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Position: Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Research Interests: Testing and Calibration of Geodetic Instruments, Deformation of Structures and Industrial Installations, Documentation and Representation of Structures, Archaeological Monuments and Sites,  Artificial Intelligence in Relation with Geodesy, Surveying, GIS.

Dorota A. Grejner-Brzezinska (Ohio-State University, USA)
Position: Associate Professor at Satellite Positioning and Inertial Navigation (SPIN) Laboratory of Ohio-State University, USA
Research Interests: GPS/GNSS Algorithms, GPS/Inertial and other Sensor Integration for Navigation in Challenged Environments, Sensors and Algorithms for Indoor and Personal Navigation, Signal Processing in Integrated Navigation Systems using Kalman Filter and Non-linear Filtering, and Precision Orbit Determination for GNSS/LEO.

Michael Heinert (Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany)
Position: Researcher
Research Interest: System Theory, Time Series Analysis, Filtering, Non-linear Optimisation, Neural Networks, Support Vector Machines and Statistical Learning Theory adapted to Geokinematic Processes.

Enrico Mai (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)
Position: Research and Teaching Assistant at Institut für Erdmessung (IFE) of Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany and Centre for Quantum Engineering and Space-Time Reserach (QUEST) Cluster of Excellence in Hannover, Germany.
Research Interests: Atomic Clocks and Quantum Sensors in Relativistic Geodesy, Celestial Mechanics, Analytical and Numerical Satellite Orbit Integration, Evolution Strategy for Geodetic Purposes.

Shahram Moafipoor (Geodetics Inc., USA)
Position: Navigation Scientist at Geodetics Inc., USA
Research Interests: GPS/INS Integration, Integrated Navigation Systems, Personal Navigation Systems, Mobile Mapping Technology, Photogrammetry, Aerial Photography, and LiDAR Data Processing.

Hans Neuner (Leibniz University Hannover, Germany)
Position: Reserach and Teaching Assistent, Geodetic Institute, Leibniz University Hannover.
Research Interest: Geodetic Monitoring, Neural Networks, Fuzzy Theory, Wavelets, Time Series Analysis

Björn Riedel (Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany)
Position: Senior Lecturer
Research Interest: Interferometric Satellite and Ground Based SAR Processing in Engineering Geodesy, Time Series Analysis of Hybrid Data Sources, Usage of Support Vector Machines for Geokinematic Processes.

Peter Wasmeier (Technische Universität München, Germany)
Position: Research Assistant at the Chair of Geodesy, Technische Universität München.
Research Interests: Automated In-Door Deformation Measurement of Sacred Buildings, Development and Improvement of Camera-Based Levelling-staff Calibrators, Object Recognition Using Video Tacheometry, Deformation Measurement Using Tacheometric Scans.


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