2017 International Symposium on Planetary Remote Sensing and Mapping

13-16 August 2017, Hong Kong


Keynote Speakers:



Prof. Raymond E. Arvidson, Washington University in Saint Louis, USA

Prof. Raymond E. Arvidson is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been involved in development and implementation of both orbital and landed missions to the planets, including participation in the Magellan Radar Orbiter Mission to Venus, Team Leader for the Viking Lander Imaging System on Mars, Member of the Project Science Group for the Mars Global Surveyor Mission, Deputy Principal Investigator for the Mars Exploration Rover Missions (Spirit and Opportunity), the Robotic Arm Investigator for the Mars Phoenix Lander Mission, Co- Investigator for the hyper-spectral mappers OMEGA (Mars Express orbiter) and CRISM (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter), and a Science Team Member for the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover. He is also the Director of the NASA Planetary Data System Geosciences Node, making available ~300 terabytes of NASA data to the worldwide research community.

Topic: Exploring the Ancient Martian Geologic Record Using the Opportunity and Curiosity Rovers

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Prof. Dr. Nicolas Thomas, University of Bern, Switzerland

Prof. Nicolas Thomas obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of York in Great Britain in 1986. He joined the Max-Planck-Institut für Aeronomie (MPAE) in Katlenburg-Lindau shortly thereafter as a member of the data analysis team for the Halley Multicolour Camera observations of comet 1P/Halley. He subsequently joined the European Space Agency and acted as deputy project scientist for the Giotto Extended Mission. He returned to MPAE in 1992 to participate in the imaging teams for the Huygens mission to Titan and Mars Pathfinder while participating in the design and development of the OSIRIS imaging system for ESA’s Rosetta. He joined the University of Bern in 2003 as Professor of Experimental Physics and has subsequently led the hardware development for the BepiColombo Laser Altimeter and the camera for the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, CaSSIS. His research group focuses on the study of ices on planetary bodies such as comets, Mars, and Europa.

Topic: The Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter

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Dr. Randy Kirk, U.S. Geological Survey, USA

Dr. Randolph Kirk obtained his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from Caltech in 1987. He joined the Astrogeology Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona shortly thereafter as a geophysicist specializing in the study of icy bodies but his interest in remote sensing led him to focus increasingly on planetary mapping. He has been a member or guest investigator on 9 NASA/ESA/ISRO imaging teams and an associate of 4 others, as well as a Principal Investigator in the NASA Planetary Cartography program from 1988 to 2016. He developed unique software for photoclinometry and pioneered the application of digital photogrammetry to planetary optical and radar images, leading to the production of controlled image mosaics and digital topographic models of bodies from Venus to Triton. He is a member of the NASA Mars and Lunar Cartography Working Groups, the IAU Working Group on Cartographic Coordinates and Rotational Elements, and member (past chair) of the ISPRS Planetary Mapping Working Group. Since 2014 he has been a Scientist Emeritus at the USGS.

Topic: From Planetary Cartography to Planetary Spatial Data Infrastructure

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Prof. Kaichang Di, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Prof. Kaichang Di received his Ph.D. degree in photogrammetry and remote sensing from Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping (now Wuhan University) in 1999. He participated in the Mars Exploration Rover mission and contributed to rover localization and mapping for mission operations, when he was a Research Scientist with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science, The Ohio State University. He is now director of the Planetary mapping and Remote Sensing Laboratory at the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, CAS. He involved in tele-operation of the Chang’E-3 rover using visual navigation and environment perception techniques, and has been leading a team to develop new vision-based techniques to support China’s future lander and rover missions. He was co-chair of ISPRS Planetary Mapping and Databases Working Group from 2008 to 2016, and he has been chair of ISPRS Planetary Remote Sensing and Mapping Working Group since 2016.

Topic: Landing Site Mapping and Rover Localization for the Chang’E-3 Mission

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  Dr. Carsten Güttler, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany

Carsten Güttler is working as a Science and Project Manager for the Rosetta/OSIRIS camera system at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany. Together with the team in Göttingen, he was responsible for the planning of OSIRIS science sequences and the operation of the instrument at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. His science interests are the formation of planets and small bodies in the solar system. During his PhD at the University of Braunschweig (Germany) and his PostDoc at Kobe University (Japan) he performed laboratory experiments that shaped our understanding on how dust can aggregate from micrometer grains into large planetesimals. Using the wealth of new data from the Rosetta mission, he is now continuing this research on the formation and history of comet 67P.

Topic: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko through the Eyes of the Rosetta/OSIRIS Cameras

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