Underwater Mapping Workshop : Geospatial techniques for underwater documentation, mapping and monitoring


In recent years, there has been a growing interest in methods and techniques for documenting, mapping and monitoring inland, coastal and open sea underwater environments. Drivers are diverse and range from the research of traces from the past to the protection and sustainable use of natural resources, from monitoring of marine ecosystems to hydrological studies. This workshop will gather contributions on state of the art and future trends on, but not limited to, the following topics: underwater photogrammetry, through water airborne photo-bathymetry and lidar-bathymetry, acoustic and optical positioning, underwater geodetic surveying, visual inertial simultaneous localization and mapping, subsea metrology, multi and hyper spectral imaging, underwater autonomous unmanned and tethered systems, underwater change monitoring. The workshop will be part of the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2023 and is hosted by the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) in parallel with several related geospatial workshops.


University of Sassari (WGII/7)

FBK – Bruno Kessler Foundation (WGII/7)

Cyprus University of Technology (WGII/7)

University Iuav of Venice (WGII/7)

TU Wien (WGII/7)

National Technical University of Athens (WGII/7)

Themes of event:
  • Multimedia geometry for underwater image and range measurements
  • Geometric calibration, colour correction and restoration, validation of systems for underwater 3D measurements
  • Combined above-water, through-water and underwater techniques for 3D modelling and mapping of coastal habitat
  • Lidar, photo and spectrally derived bathymetry for seafloor and water surface measurement
  • Spaceborne techniques and applications for coastal mapping
  • AI-driven solutions for through-water, underwater and habitat mapping applications
  • Algorithms and methods for underwater localization, navigation and mapping, including, SLAM, visual inertial odometry, augmented and virtual reality applications
  • Sensors’ integration and performance evaluation of UAVs, UUVs (ROVs and AUVs), towed vehicles and diver operated systems
  • Underwater applications and methods in archaeology, habitat mapping and monitoring, industrial metrology and inspections, volumetric reconstruction for flow tracking
  • Using/creating benchmark data sets
Scientific Committee:
  • Loïca Avanthey, SEAL, LRE, EPITA, France
  • Michael Bleier, Computer Science VII: Robotics and Telematics, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany
  • Fabio Bruno, Department of Mechanical, Energetics and Management Engineering, University of Calabria, 3D Research s.r.l., Arcavacata di Rende, Italy
  • Alessandro Capra, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Silvio Del Pizzo, Parthenope University of Naples, Naples, Italy
  • Pierre Drap, LIS UMR CNRS, Marseille, France, France
  • Nuno Gracias, ViCOROB – Computer vision and robotics research Institute, Universitat de Girona, Spain
  • Kevin Köser, Oceanic Machine Vision, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
  • Hans-Gerd Maas, Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, TU Dresden, Germany
  • Nikola Miskovic, Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies – LABUST, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Department of Control and Computer Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Mohammad Motasem Nawaf, Aix-Marseille University, LIS UMR CNRS, Marseille, France
  • Gaia Pavoni, Visual Computing Lab, Institute of Information Science and Technologies “Alessandro Faedo” (ISTI), CNR, Italy
  • Alessandro Ridolfi, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale (DIEF), Università degli Studi di Firenze, Firenze, Italy
  • Katja Richter, Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, TU Dresden, Germany
  • Robin Rofallski, Jade University of Applied Sciences, Oldenburg & KARO3D Vision, Oldenburg, Germany
  • Mark Shortis, FSSSI FRICS (Retired) Honorary Professor, School of Science RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Tali Treibitz,  Viseaon Marine Imaging Lab, Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Patrick Westfeld, Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), Germany