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 4th JRC ECML Workshop: Unmanned Aerial Systems for Rapid Mapping

Co-organised by:
European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) &
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT)

11-13 September 2013
Geneva, Switzerland

UPDATE: UASRapidMap 2013 report is available:

UPDATE: Watch youtube video:


Final Programme: JRC_UNOSAT_UASRapidMap_Programme_v2.4.pdf

Day 1:

Multi-purpose hall Dardagny
Route de la Donzelle 22
CH-1283 Dardagny

Bus departs at 09:00 sharp from Maison internationale de l'environnement, 11-13 Chemin des Anémones, CH-1219 Châtelaine, Directions:

Days 2 & 3:

Maison internationale de l'environnement
Bldg. 2, conference rooms: Rhône & Aare
11-13 Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine



European civil protection bodies, European Commission DGs, EU Agencies, EU member states, UNITAR-UNOSAT stakeholders, partners, and beneficiaries, UAS hardware/service suppliers


Presentation, demonstration, and exploration of mature UAV systems for rapid mapping applications.
Participating systems will have to support the whole process chain of UAV flight planning, data acquisition, data post-processing, and map production.
Innovative companies are invited to demonstrate their commercial off-the-shelf systems be it e.g., quadro-copters, octo-copters, or flying wing solutions.

An exercise following a predefined scenario and tasks will allow the systems to point out their capabilities with key performance indicators including:

  • Operation: time needed to set up UAS, preparatory efforts, training needed, mission planning, automated & manual flight
  • Specifications: weight, payload, available sensors, flight time, costs, flight conditions
  • Data acquisition: formats provided, live streams, data transfer
  • Data post-processing: training needed, in field processing requirements, provided server-side services, orthorectification, required HW/SW
  • Map product(s): accuracy, time to delivery of intermediate and final product

Please note that the various UASs will be explicitly referenced during the benchmarking exercise. The objective is not to pick winners and losers but to qualitatively compare the systems in such a way that they can showcase their various strengths and most effective uses.

Scenario Tagline
  • Setup of field mission, flight planning
  • Rapid mapping of disaster area of ca. 500 x 500 m a) quick overview map (day 1) & b) optimised map (day 2)
  • Ca. 5-10 cm Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) due to clearance of 150 m AGL
  • 1-4 (as needed) given reference points
  • Delivery of positions of known checkpoints
  • Both in field data processing (day 1) & accurate / back-end / server-side processing (day 2)
Participating UAS platforms and hardware / service providers (demos on day 1 & 2)

Gatewing UX5, AscTec Falcon 8, senseFly eBee, Sky-Watch Hugginn X1, Trigger EasyMap UAV, microdrones MD4-1000, Fotomapy, Danoffice, Omnisight, Ansur, in-Terra, Pix4D

Application sessions & speakers

UAS: User requirements and R&D needs

  • Luca Dell’Oro (UNOSAT)
  • Frederic Moine (OSM-HOT)
  • Peter Spruyt (EC JRC)

(Urban) Search and Rescue – (U)SAR

  • Winston Chang (UN INSARAG)
  • Ionut Homeag (EC DG ECHO)
  • Bernhard Dräyer (in-Terra)
  • Davide Scaramuzza (UZH)

Applications in border situation monitoring

  • Zdravko Kolev (EU Frontex)
  • Tobias Schuchert (Fraunhofer)

Legal & regulatory aspects of UAS operations

  • Jean-Pierre Lentz (EC DG Enterprise & Industry)
  • Michael Hutt (USGS)

Autonomy & AI, swarm deployment

  • Felix Schill (EPFL)
  • Davide Scaramuzza (UZH)

The number of participants is limited to 70. All seats are booked by now.
Participants need to register by 04 September 2013 (deadline to update your registration):


Participation is free of charge. UNITAR-UNOSAT provides conference rooms and local organisation. JRC takes care of coffee breaks and coach transfers between Geneva and flight zone. Accommodation and travel costs are at the participants' expenses.


For more information please contact:
Markus RESTER    markus.rester (a)    +39 0332 78-3805
Adam ALI adam.ali (a)   +41 22 76-74020



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