Open PhD position in geospatial data mining

A PhD position is available (with funding over 3 years) at the Department of Geomatics Sciences/CRG.

During his project, the student will design and develop new software solutions to process and analyse big geospatial data. These solutions will be based on the most recent innovations in big data, artificial intelligence (i.e. machine learning) and data mining techniques.

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Open PH.D. position – Landform classification on digital terrain models

mntProf. Éric Guilbert is currently seeking a Ph.D. candidate for a new research project that aim to improve landform classification on a digital terrain model. The PhD position is supported by a scholarship of 19000$ per year over three years.

The project will include the design of a conceptual model where landforms are characterised by their salient features and the definition of the logical model allowing for the classification of these features on a digital terrain model. This research will be applied to geomorphological studies of coastal areas of Canada.

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Open M.Sc. and Ph.D. Positions in Mobile LiDAR Systems


Three research positions (2 MSc and 1 PhD, with funding) are currently available at the Centre for research in geomatics of Laval University. These projects are part of a research program that aim to improve the performance of LiDAR systems installed on mobile vehicles (marine, land), increasingly used in the fields of coastal erosion monitoring, marine infrastructure inspection and coastline survey features.

We are looking for candidates with a background in geomatics sciences or engineering and possibly with knowledge in GNSS/Inertial navigation and LiDAR data collection and processing or candidates with a background in computer sciences or engineering with knowledge in sensor integration and software development. The students will have access to a stimulating scientific environment both at the Centre for Research in Geomatics (Laval University) and at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Development of Ocean Mapping (CIDCO).

Open M.Sc. position in remote sensing

A MSc position is available at the Department of Geomatics Sciences of Laval University/CRG, which offers the opportunity to explore the use of Google Earth Engine for detecting deforestation caused by palm oil plantations in Indonesia. The main goal of the project is to develop an automated satellite remote sensing-based detection system able to generate alerts when palm oil production fields are settled in locations previously occupied by forest. The project is carried out in collaboration with a private sector partner and benefits from a unique geospatial database on palm oil producers.

Full funding is available for 2 years !

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3rd Joint Workshop on Multi-Sensor Fusion for Dynamic Scene Understanding

The 3rd edition of the Joint Workshop on Multi-Sensor Fusion for Dynamic Scene Understanding will be held in Santiago, Chili, and be part of the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV 2015).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Object detection and tracking
  • Motion segmentation
  • Image sequence registration
  • Dynamic scene understanding
  • Security/surveillance
  • Vision based robot/drone navigation
  • Multi-modal fusion of sensory information
  • Multi-scale fusion
  • Low-level processing of different sensors
  • 3D scanning sensors, laser and lidar systems
  • 3D object recognition and classification
  • Large scale issues
  • Applications to robotics

Full paper submission deadline: September 10, 2015

Webinar on Spatial Data Quality

GeoConnections is pleased to invite you to a webinar on Geospatial Data Quality

English Webinar: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 – 1:30-3:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
French Webinar: Thursday, June 18, 2015 – 2:30-4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

Webinar Overview
GeoConnections, a national initiative led by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), invites you to learn about the importance of geospatial data quality in the context of Earth observation and geomatics in Canada.

The context in which geospatial data is produced and used has changed significantly in the last decades. Today, as we are entering the “Data Era”, more and more data, including geospatial data, is being collected and published on the Web every day. Now, everyone, even without geospatial knowledge, can make maps, geospatial mashups and various types of geospatial applications for different purposes and even share them to other users. However, today’s typical users do not understand the uncertain nature of geospatial data and take digital data for granted, without considering their quality and validity for their intended usage. Users have limited knowledge of the risks associated with the use of geospatial data which may have significant social, political and even economical consequences.

Geospatial data quality is therefore an important topic in the context of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure. The purpose of this GeoConnections webinar is to review the concepts underlying geospatial data quality, to discuss the geospatial data quality evaluation process (based on ISO 19157 and ISO 19158 standards) and to understand how to reduce the risk when using geospatial data (based on ISO 31000 standard). This webinar also informs on how the production and the distribution of quality geospatial data may affect the whole geomatics community. Finally, the webinar provides examples on quality evaluation and risk management in the contexts of Business-to-Business (B2B), Business-to-Consumer (B2C) and Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C).
During the webinar, you will learn:

  • Why is geospatial data quality important?;
  • The concepts underlying geospatial data quality;
  • The fundamentals of geospatial data quality evaluation and risk management;
  • Geospatial data quality evaluation and risk management in practice;
  • Recommendations for B2B, B2C and C2C contexts.

To register for this webinar, please contact Eric Wright by e-mail at, or by telephone at (613) 715-5483.
Registered participants will receive a follow-up e-mail with information about how to access and participate in the webinar.

The Convergence Network present a webinar with Dr James Elder

The Convergence Network is presenting a webinar with Dr. James Elder , York University, on February 24  at 11:00  (eastern time)

Title: Intelligent Systems for Sustainable Urban Mobility

About James Elder

James Elder received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in 1996. He is a member of the Centre for Vision Research and a Professor in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Psychology at York University. Dr. Elder’s research has won a number of awards and honours, including the Premier’s Research Excellence Award and the Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society. His research interests include developing novel and useful computer vision algorithms and machine vision systems through a better understanding of visual processing in biological systems.

Register now ! (free)

ICIP 2015: Call for Papers, Special Sessions and Tutorials

You are invited to submit papers as well as special session and tutorial proposals to the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) 2015 to take place in Quebec City.
Founded in 1608 and declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, Québec City is the cradle of French civilization in North America that kept its European flavour of cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafés, etc.

Upcoming conference deadlines,
* Special Sessions Proposals: 27 November 2014
* Regular Papers Submission: 15 January 2015
* Tutorials Proposal: 15 January 2015

The Call for Paper scan be found here :

ICIP, sponsored by the IEEE Signal Processing Society, is the premier forum for the presentation of technological advances and research results in the fields of theoretical, experimental, and applied image and video processing. ICIP2015, the 22nd in the series that has been held annually since 1994, will bring in together in Quebec City leading engineers and scientists in image and video processing from around the world. Research frontiers in fields ranging from traditional image processing applications to evolving multimedia and video technologies are regularly advanced by results first reported in ICIP technical sessions.

*At ICIP2015, the banquet and awards ceremony will be presided by Lena Söderberg*. Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.


An article by Martin Béland on the use of LiDAR to measure giant trees of Whitaker’s Forest (California)

Last May, Martin Béland, professor in the Department of Geomatics, visited the Whitakers’s Forest in California in order to measure the structure of the giant redwoods . In an article on  the Center for Forestry at UC Berkekey blog , Mr. Béland explains the challenges in these first comprehensive giant trees LiDAR scans . The article also includes a video of a  86 meters- height redwood measured from 6 locations on the ground.

Using LiDAR to Measure the Structure of Tall Trees at Whitaker’s Forest