UAS Symposium: Paper Session II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Landscape Specialty Group, Remote Sensing Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Governors Square 14, Sheraton, Concourse Level
Organizers: Anthony Cummings, Kunwar Singh, Stephanie Rogers
Chairs: Grayson Morgan


Unoccupied aerial vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned aerial/aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), drones, and other autonomous vehicles and systems (AVS) have forged a path as important tools in geographical inquiry of landscapes. Scholars are now utilizing UAS and autonomous systems to address theoretical and empirical questions in natural resource management, ecology, environmental management, meteorological observation, terrain modeling, and archaeological research, among a host of topics. Similarly, universities and colleges around the world are developing curricula in a variety of formats (e.g., undergraduate and graduate level, hybrid courses, massive open online courses, among others) to allow for these systems and their unfolding development to be introduced to the next generation of geography scholars.

In this series of sessions, discussions, a keynote address, scholars from across the discipline will examine the position of UAS and autonomous systems in geography and GIScience as well as offer insights into their future role in shaping these disciplines. Scholars who are actively using these systems in their research, plan to use them in the future or who have developed positions on their involvement in geography are invited to participate in these sessions.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Mapping landscape and forest cover change
• Prehistoric archaeology and cultural resource management
• UAS in landscapes and applications in land rights related inquiry
• Resource extraction and sustainable harvesting
• Natural resource monitoring and management, including biodiversity inventoring
• Natural hazard assessment
• Securing traditional livelihoods
• Geomorphological and fluvial process modeling
• Climate change and sustainability
• Computational advances in computer vision and structure from motion
• UAS in the college curriculum
• Critique of UAS and autonomous systems applications and ethical concerns


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Lei Wang*, Louisiana State University, Jaehyung Yu, Chungnam National University, UAV based beach micro feature mapping 15 11:10 AM
Presenter Chris Baynard*, , Robert D Richardson, University of North Florida, Nico W Baynard, University of North Florida, Drones and poles: conducting oil and gas environmental surface inspections from above 15 11:25 AM
Presenter Anthony Cummings*, University of Texas at Dallas, Size and Function: An Analysis of Swidden Agriculture Plot Structure from UAV-derived Data 15 11:40 AM
Presenter Dr. Khaula A. Alkaabi*, United Arab Emirates University, Eng. Abdel Rhman El Fawair, United Arab Emirates University, Talk: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Smart Cities Applications: Pilot Case of Road Cracks Detection using Drone Technology 15 11:55 AM

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