• Leibniz University Hannover Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation
    Nienburger Str. 1
    D-30167 Hannover

About isprs

The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is a non-governmental organization devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications. The Society operates without any discrimination on grounds of race, religion, nationality, or political philosophy.

ISPRS Technical Commissions

The scientific and technical work of the ISPRS is accomplished by 5 Technical Commissions. Every commission is composed of several working groups (WG) and intercommission working groups (ICWG)


ISPRS Commission I – Sensor systems

Technical commission I is concerned with the design, construction, characterization, calibration and use of imaging and non-imaging sensors, sensor systems and sensor networks for photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information science. This includes the development of new and innovative technological concepts, yet likewise models and methods to optimally exploit, calibrate and thoroughly evaluate new sensors, networks and single sensor components.

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ISPRS Commission II – Photogrammetry

Technical commission II focuses, at various scales, on geometric, radiometric and multi-temporal aspects of image- and range-based 3D surveying and modeling. Specifically Commission II deals with image orientation, point cloud generation and processing, 3D feature extraction, scene understanding, sensor and data fusion, sensor characterization, machine learning for geospatial data analysis and big data techniques for massive data processing. Applications in the fields of mapping, industry, heritage, space, underwater and environment are considered.

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ISPRS Commission III – Remote Sensing

Technical commission III focuses on physical modelling of electromagnetic radiation, the analysis of spectral signatures, image classification, data fusion, pattern recognition, and quality control. It promotes the advanced research, engineering development, and operational use of theories, methods, systems for the analysis of remotely sensed observations of the Earth from air- , space- and ground-borne sensors. It enhances the applications in monitoring and assessing environment, landuse/landcover, nature resources, weather/atmosphere and climate, cryosphere, coastal and ocean, forestry/agricultural and ecosystems/biodiversity. It also integrates the global efforts by effective out-reach through data/algorithms sharing and capacity building.

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ISPRS Commission IV –Spatial information science

Technical commission IV strengthens the work on multidimensional spatial model and representations towards seamless data fusion (WG1), advances the semantic modelling, development and linking of ontologies (WG2), intensifies the research data interpretation, quality and uncertainty modeling (WG3), strengthens the research on crowdsourced data and public participation, towards community-driven and participatory applications, collaborative mapping and use/usability of maps (WG 4), etc.

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ISPRS Commission V – Education and Outreach

The mission of Technical Commission V is to support, promote and motivate Capacity building at different levels of professionals, educators and  students and develop cost effective teaching methods which include distance learning programmes, International collaborative effort for sharing web-based resources – both material and trainers as well as best practices for effective transfer of knowledge and curricula development that meets regional needs, encourage open source software tools and innovative methodologies for urban infrastructure, citizen science and geospatial technology in various applications, and support youth forum and students consortium activities.

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Grants and awards

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