1-Day Training:
Scientific Sensing using Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Sensors, flight-platforms, applications, operations, and logistics

December 11th 2016
Stanford University

The NSF Centers for Transformative Environmental Monitoring Programs (CTEMPs) will offer a one day-short course on the applications of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS’s) in earth sciences. The workshop will present the diverse applications in Earth Sciences addressing UAS platform and sensor selection (LiDAR, Hyper-spectral, multi-spectral, FLIR, visible), mission planning (costs, timeline, staffing), and operational questions such as safety, planning, geo-referencing etc.

We will also provide post-workshop support for a remote sensing project each for up to four workshop participants. Each project will include one-day of UAS flight operations with a visible (electro-optical sensor). A mosaicked and spatially referenced image and a surface model will be created.

Tentative schedule


Michael Wing - Oregon State University (michael.wing@oregonstate.edu)

CTEMPs, via The National Science Foundation EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program
Aerial Information Systems Lab
Oregon State University; University of Nevada Reno

Registration:  To reserve a space, fill on out online form above, or contact Amy Zimmerman (541-737-2041 or amy.zimmerman@oregonstate.edu): Registration is not binding until payment is received. Limited to 20 participants; by order of registration 

Cost: $150 for professionals, $75 students.  Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Feel free to bring an edible treat from your locale so people can get a taste of where you are from. Please make your checks payable to “Oregon State University” and send them to the attention of Amy Zimmerman at Biological & Ecological Engineering, 116 Gilmore Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331. We cannot accept credit card payments.

Location: Stanford University: Geology Corner Auditorium (Building 320), room 227,

Accommodations: Stanford has several helpful guides (Stanford Lodging GuideStanford Hotel Brochure) for hotels in close proximity to the campus. Note that there is a free shuttle to and around the campus which picks up from some hotels, and some hotels potentially have a discount for your visit being associated with Stanford.

Travel: CTEMPs does not provide transportation to the workshop to or from the airports in the area. However, there is public transportation (see Stanford's guide), and we will facilitate ride-sharing among workshop participants.

Parking: Visitor parking at Stanford is free on weekends. Visit Stanford's Visitor Parking page or download their Parking and Circulation Map for more information. The workshop is taking place in Braun Hall (Building 320, Geology Corner) which at the southwest corner of the main quad. The nearest visitor parking lots are L-37 and Roble Field Garage along Santa Teresa St. between Via Ortega and Duena St. Be sure to follow signs for parking in visitor parking and not residential parking which is enforced on the weekends.

Internet access: Stanford provides access to WiFi for free through their Stanford Visitor network. See their website for details.