Wednesday 17 February
08:40 – 09:00       Welcome – Stuart Phinn & Arko Lucieer
09:00 – 09:40       Keynote #1 Catherine Ball – Innovations in environmental UAS activities in Australia – presentation
09:40 – 10:00       “Speed Meet”: four 3-min rapid introductions
Presentation session #1  – Forest measurements
  • 10:00 Jonathan Dash – Progress towards a UAS for Plantation Forestry Research in New Zealand – abstractpresentation
  • 10:20 Arko Lucieer – Connecting the dots: airborne laser scanning from an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) – abstractpresentation
  • 10:40 Zac Hatfield-Dodds – 3D forest measurement without LIDAR: cheap, fast, and colourful analysis of forests by UAS photogrammetry – abstractpresentation
11:30 – 12:50       Presentation session #2 – Biosecurity and pests 
  • 11:30 Eduard Puig – Automating Crop Damage Assessments with Unmanned Aerial Systems and Machine Learning – abstract
  • 11:50 John Weiss – Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Remote Sensing of Plant Pests – abstractpresentation
  • 12:10 Felipe Gonzalez – PBCRC2135 Optimising Plant Biosecurity Surveillance Protocols for Remote Sensing using Unmanned Aerial Systems – abstract
  • 12:30 Rene Heim – Aerial and hyperspectral near-range spectrometry of Puccinia psidii (myrtle rust) – abstractpresentation
12:50 – 13:50       Lunch
13:50 – 15:10       Presentation session #3 – Coastal and aquatic
  • 13:50 Chris Roelfsema – From Polyp to Drone to Satellite: Habitat Mapping of the Great Barrier Reef – abstract
  • 14:10 Elizabeth Johnstone – UAV-based Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystem Monitoring – abstract
  • 14:30 Dan Breen – Unmanned aerial surveys of sand cay habitats and wildlife on the far northern Great Barrier Reef – abstract
  • 14:50 Steve Harwin – Detecting coastal change in unmanned aerial vehicle Multi-View Stereopsis (UAV-MVS) point clouds – abstractpresentation
15:10 – 15:40       Break
15:40 – 16:40       Poster presentations 3-min speakers
17:00 – 18:00       Poster presentation session
  • Benjamin Letheren – Design and Flight Testing of a Bio-Inspired Plume Tracking Algorithm for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – abstract
  • Bonny Stutsel – Distributed Temperature Sensing and Remotely Piloted Aircraft’s: A new way to understand frost events in the Western Australian Wheatbelt – abstract
  • Bonny Stutsel – Cyclone Washover Fan Anatomy – processing Unmanned Aerial System Structure-from-Motion (UAS-SfM) point clouds – abstract
  • Eileen Perry – UAVs as Platforms for Agricultural – abstract
  • Irfan Akhtar Iqbal – Forest Metrics from LiDAR and Photogrammetric Point Clouds – abstractposter
  • Javier Leon – Phantom counts ghosts: Mapping ghost crab burrows using a Phantom 2 Vision+ – abstractposter
  • Kasper Johansen – Mapping Rehabilitation Quality at Coal Mine Sites in Queensland Using UAS Data and Object-Based Image Analysis – abstractposter
  • Kye Morton – Development of a Outdoor Mobile Manipulation UAV to Remotely Sense and Collect Environmental Data – abstractposter
  • Kye Morton – Development and Flight Testing of an Airborne based Remote Microscope – abstract
  • Olena Dubovyk – Multi-temporal assessment of UAS based crop variables for improved winter wheat monitoring and modelling in the field cropping systems – abstract
  • Ramesh Raja Segaran – Post fire regrowth dynamics of malllee on Calperum Station – abstract
  • Sandra Grant – Towards an operational processing workflow of UAS imagery for environmental monitoring – abstract, poster
  • Simon Jones – Things I wish I knew before I bought a UAS – abstract
  • Stefan Maier – Specolo – A Turnkey Flying Spectroradiometer System – abstractposter
  • Stephan Haefele – Unmanned Arial Platforms for characterizing plant growth in large field trials – abstractposter
  • Zhe Xu – Algorithms for Weed Detection – abstractposter


Thursday 18 February
08:40 – 09:20       Keynote #2 Urs Treier – Tundra change at the dawn of drone ecology – abstractpresentation
09:20 – 10:40       Presentation session #4 – Vegetation mapping and monitoring 
  • 09:20 Renee Bartolo – An operational UAS program for the Kakadu region, northern Australia – abstractpresentation
  • 09:40 Tim Whiteside – Monitoring revegetation success using multi-temporal multi-spectral data acquired by Unmanned Aircraft Systems – abstractpresentation
  • 10:00 Darren Turner – Spatial co-registration of ultra-high resolution visible, multispectral and thermal images acquired with a Micro-UAV over Antarctic moss beds – abstractpresentation
  • 10:20 Arko Lucieer – Hyperspectral imaging from Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): trials and tribulations – abstractpresentation
10:40 – 11:10       Break
11:10 – 12:50       Presentation session #5 – System development and processing workflows 
  • 11:10 Fernando Vanegas – Autonomous Remote Sensing in GPS-denied and Cluttered Environments Using UAVs – abstractpresentation
  • 11:30 Karen Joyce – Mythbusting Unmanned Aircraft Systems – abstractpresentation
  • 11:50 Yincai Zhou – Systematic errors in UAS Mapping – Doming Effect – abstractpresentation
  • 12:10 James Rennie – Working with UAS in challenging environments: central Australian deserts, Armenian high mountains and Antarctic icebreakers, some lessons learnt – abstractpresentation
  • 12:30 Guerric Crombrugghe – ICARUS: a European Project Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Search and Rescue Applications – abstractpresentation
12:50 – 13:50       Lunch
13:50 – 14:30       Keynote #3 Ben Sparrow – Ecosystem science requirements of UAS remote sensing
14:30 – 16:40       Workshop
  1. What will make, or keep Australia as a leader in UAS technology and applications? Devise an action plan to get or stay there
  2. “Drones for environmental good”: how do we as a community best communicate the peaceful and powerful use of drone technology for environmental monitoring?
  3. Design the technical and operational specifications for the ideal drone for mapping your chosen area in agriculture / horticulture (e.g. mangoes, sugar cane, bananas…)
  4. Design the technical and operational specifications for the ideal drone for mapping your chosen area of natural disasters (e.g. floods, bushfire, landslides…)
  5. Design the technical and operational specifications for the ideal drone for mapping your chosen area in marine and coastal environments (e.g. water quality, benthic habitats, bathymetry…)
  6. Design the technical and operational specifications for the ideal drone for mapping your chosen area in humanitarian aid
  7. Beyond line of sight and extended range (time or distance) mapping and monitoring – science fact or science fiction? What are the issues and how do we progress towards operationalising the technology?
  8. “UAS4RS calibration site”: can we identify a study site that can be used to test UAS sensors and systems, and for which excellent field data is available?
  9. Geoethics – develop some ‘best practice’ guidelines around capturing and distributing data. What are the considerations for centralised open databases?
  10. Would you like to see UAS incorporated into the undergrad / postgrad curriculum? What competencies should be covered?
  11. How can we build a representative advisory group to provide a voice to CASA for the research community or those operating in remote low risk areas? i.e. can we work collaboratively to relax the regulations that are currently governing the commercial industry but are not always appropriate for small systems
  12. Imagine this conference in 5 (10?) years’ time – what would it look like? What sort of systems and applications will we be discussing?
  13. What are the main limitations to have fully working turn-key systems? What are some ideas about how these might be overcome, and how can research work with industry to achieve this?
  14. Everyone knows that we need to validate remotely sensed data. So can UAS be used as the validation source, or are they the data that needs to be validated? If you want to use UAS for the former, how can we convince others (e.g. reviewers) that UAS data can be as good as, if not better than traditional field survey?
  15. Help design and develop the UAS4RS community website – what needs to go on there? How would you like to see it structured?
  16. Moving from pretty pictures to remote sensing maps – what needs to be done?
  17. How do we create standards for UAS data and derived image products?
16:40 – 17:00       Conference close