Wednesday, 22 March 2017

CIG 2017

I notice abstract deadline for the CIG is rapidly approaching - must get my skates on and see if we can present some of the iCRAG MAROBS work and platform.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Two new projects

A short update after a busy few weeks.

1) The 2 year change detection / change classification project has started and I hope to have some concrete information to post on that soon.

2) ESA has awarded the SCSI RS & EO Working Group a very generous allowance of Pleiades tri-stereo optical and TerraSAR X 'Staring Spotlight' imagery - we'll be starting a project looking at assessing the suitability of Satellites for BIM (i.e. the entire building lifecycle) in the coming months and will also hopefully have updates from that.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Four Million Solar Panels

An interesting example of changes in the landscape detected by satellites in space, here we have FOUR MILLION solar panels installed in the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park in China. I have a feeling that China will go from being the bad boy of the emissions world to its shining light in the very near future, especially as the USA will take its foot off the gas (not literally - they will keep their foot on the gas just as much as before and their cars are MASSIVE) over the next four to eight years. I did a quick search and the solar panels begin to appear in Landsat 5 imagery in late 2012.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Point Clouds and Archaeology

I came across a great video demonstrating what appears to be the fusion of aerial and terrestrial point clouds. This combination really is impressive and demonstrates potential for LiDAR and photogrammetry for archaeology.

link here

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Drones and natural selection

I came across this post looking at a new microdrone capable of collecting pollen. This is proposed as a possible solution to the problems arising from the collapse of so many bee colonies. Colony Collapse Disorder has the potential to wipe out agriculture worldwide when we have nothing to pollenate crops.

It is an interesting solution from the technical side, but one that got me thinking on natural selection. Examples of plants that had developed particlar shapes or colours over millions of years so that specialist animals or insects were the only ones to unlock the pollen or nectar. In a horrible future where we had no bees and 'busy as a drone bee' was a common phrase, I could not think of any reason why natural selection might not also adapt plants to drones. Those that drones can pollenate easily are the first to thrive and those characteristics improve with each generation. Special petal arrangements to avoid damage from mini rotors, growing in wind-sheltered spots to help accurate IMU aided hovering. Avoiding GPS obscured regions near trees. No plants pollenated in aviation authority no-fly zones? Instead of reflecting particular patterns in the UV for an insects eyes, changing to reflect more strongly in other parts of the spectrum so the pollen is visible to a low grade multispectral camera.

The list goes on.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Sensor Pods and Sensor Fusion

Our short paper detailing system concept, design and calibration of the aerial sensor pod is now available online. This research feeds into a number of NCG projects including bathymetry, slick feature mapping, forestry, precision agriculture and infrastructure surveys. The sensor pod captures RGB, HD Video, thermal, multispectral and hyperspectral imagery and is a very rich dataset with multiple applications.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

HD ISS Video

The first ISS video I ever watched was probably one of the most impressive things I have ever come across online. But as more and more of them were released, it was unavoidable not to become slightly desensitised to the amazing stuff in each release and just skip through them. This video is one of the most recent and also one of the best I have seen in some time - you really need to watch it in HD if you can, or at least the highest resolution your monitor will allow.

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My name is Conor. I am a PostDoc and Lecturer. These few lines will (hopefully) chart my progress through academia and the world of research.