Current courses

EuroSDR Educational Service (EduServ) annually offers four two-week e-learning courses in the field of GeoInformation (GI). It is designed for knowledge transfer from the research to the production domain. Thus, it is mainly focused on participants from NMCAs and industry, but also PhD students and researchers find the courses interesting as they always reflect the latest developments in GI.

The 20th series of e-learning courses from EuroSDR will open on February 14-15, 2022, with an online pre-course seminar. During the seminar, the background material of four e-learning EduServ 2022 courses will be presented by the tutors, and the learning platform – Moodle, will be demonstrated.

The four two-week e-learning courses are scheduled from February to June 2022. They can be followed over the Internet from any location, thereby allowing participants to update their knowledge with minimum disruption. Each course requires about thirty hours of online study.

You can download the flyer here.

 

Recent Lidar Technologies (pdf)
Tutor: Gottfried Mandlburger (TU Vienna)

 

The course tackles the recent progress in Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS), the state-of-the technique for 3D mapping of topography and shallow water bathymetry, including the following topics: (i) point density and spatial resolution: Higher scan rates in the MHz range increase the point density, which leads to an increased spatial resolution if, in addition, the laser footprint sizes match the point-to-point distance; (ii) full waveform analysis: State-of-the-art FWF processing techniques enable higher measurement precision and better target characterization; (iii) multispectral laser scanning: Scanners using laser wavelengths facilitate point classification by exploiting the radiometric content of the captured data; (iv) hybrid sensors: Scanners and cameras mounted on the same platform enable joint data orientation and processing of laser scans and image blocks; (v) single Photon LiDAR: These new mapping sensors provide a higher area coverage performance at the prize of lower accuracy and higher outlier rate requiring robust point cloud filtering techniques; (vi) topo-bathymetric LiDAR: Beyond charting shallow coastal areas, laser bathymetry evolved to a powerful tool for high-resolution mapping of the entire littoral area; (viii) UAV-LiDAR: Sensor miniaturization and progress in aviation technology has opened new close-range airborne applications due to the integration of lightweight LiDAR sensors on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.


Please note that the number of participants in the Recent LiDAR technologies course is limited to 40 (based on the confirmed fee payment)!

Dates: February 28 - March 11, 2022

 


Working with Volunteered and Crowdsourced Geographic Information (pdf)
Tutors: Peter Mooney (Maynooth University) and Levente Juhász (Florida International University)


Up to recently, geographic data was exclusively available from authoritative sources such as National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies, professional companies, etc. The rapid emergence of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and Crowdsourced Geographic Information (CGI) has challenged and changed this situation. VGI and CGI have transformed from being considered 'disruptive' and poor quality to well-known mainstream data sources used widely in industry, research, and other applications. The goal of this course is to introduce participants to VGI (and CGI), the current state-of-the-art research in these areas, methods for obtaining VGI/CGI data (API sources, processing GeoJSON, etc), and advanced topics such as assessment of the quality of these data. Participants are informed that a basic knowledge of a programming language is required to complete some practical exercises and assessments. Free and open-source software and openly accessible VGI/CGI will be used.

Dates: March 28 - April 8, 2022 

 


Integration of 3D City Models and BIM: GeoBIM (pdf)
Tutors: Francesca Noardo and Ken Arroyo Ohori (Delft University of Technology)


A lot has been discussed about the integration of geoinformation (i.e. 3D city models) with BIM in the last years. The topic is wide, complex and technically demanding. According to the progress made in the last few years, both on the technical and on the theoretical side, this course will teach the basic knowledge on  GeoBIM integration based on the needs of use cases and will show two examples of conversions procedures that support those use cases. After introducing the basics on 3D city models and Building Information Models, students will learn a method to compare two datasets (a 3D city model and a BIM) in order to analyse their integration possibilities and define the actions necessary to get to an integrated dataset, useful for a use case. The students will then practice with two conversion procedures, one Geo to BIM and one BIM to Geo in order to produce suitable data for two specific use cases.

Dates: May 2 - May 12, 2022




3D Point Cloud Classification for Mapping Purposes (pdf)
Tutors: Michael Koelle, Norbert Haala (University of Stuttgart), Eleonora Grilli and Fabio Remondino (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)


In recent years, point cloud processing techniques have been extensively investigated in the research community for various applications, and some commercial solutions start to be frequently used in daily practices. In particular, geospatial point cloud classification methods hold an important place, as assigning semantic information to 3D geodata allows for widespread use of such geospatial data. The course will present the latest developments and solutions for 3D point cloud classification, with particular emphasis on mapping needs, activities and purposes. Theoretical aspects and practical work will be coupled in order to provide a comprehensive and complete overview of the topic. Starting from a brief overview on Deep Learning approaches to be used for the classification of orthoimages and DSM, the course will then focus on point cloud features, which can be made available for airborne scenarios. The final part will then discuss and showcase state-of-the-art Deep Learning approaches specifically tailored for the semantic segmentation of 3D airborne point clouds.

Dates: May 23 – June 3, 2022



Fees

400 € for pre-course seminar + 1 or 2 courses
500 € for pre-course seminar + 3 or 4 courses


Scholarships

Five scholarships will be available to fully cover the course fee. The scholarships are intended to Ph.D./Master students and other applicants with no or very limited financial support from their university or public institution. Successful completion of at least two courses is expected from successful applicants.

In order to proceed with the application:

  • Register to EduServ.
  • Fill in the application form that includes a motivation letter and information about professional experience. It is recommended to support the application with a reference letter. Both documents shall be submitted to eurosdr@kuleuven.be not later than on 21th January 2022.


Applicants will be informed about the acceptance/rejection of their application latest on 29th January 2022. Successful applicants from previous years will be automatically excluded from the evaluation.


Registration

You can register >>> 
here <<< until 4th February 2022.


Preliminary program of the online pre-course seminar

The pre-course seminar will take place in the form of an e-course on February 14-15, 2022, using the Moodle platform.

February 14, 2022

9:00-9:15

Welcome address
Short introduction to the course

9:15-10:45

Introduction to the course Recent LiDAR technologies*

Lecturer:

         - Gottfried Mandlburger (TU Vienna)

10:45-11:00

Break

11:15-12:45

Introduction to the course Working with Volunteered and Crowdsourced Geographic Information*

Lecturers:

         - Peter Mooney (Maynooth University)

         - Levente Juhász (Florida International University)

12:45-13:00

Presentation of the Moodle Learning Management System

* Each session includes a discussion on the topic based on materials sent prior to the seminar.

February 15, 2022

9:00-9:15

Questions and answers from day 1

9:00-10:30

Introduction to the course Integration of 3D city models and BIM:

GeoBIM*

Lecturers:

         - Francesca Noardo (Delft University of Technology)

         - Ken Arroyo Ohori (Delft University of Technology)

10:45-11:00

Break

11:15-12:45

Introduction to the course 3D point cloud classification for mapping purposes *

Lecturers:

         - Norbert Haala (University of Stuttgart)

         - Fabio Remondino (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)

12:45-13:00

Questions and answers

Closing the seminar

* Each session includes a discussion on the topic based on materials sent prior to the seminar.


Testimonials

“The whole course was really well done in both terms of form and content. Everything was thought through, communication was top notch. I believe I gained valuable knowledge in most of the topics. I can highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in spatial research.” (Jan Dolezal, Charles University)

“Both [courses] were very enlightening and supported me during several steps of my PhD research.” (Marco Palma, Università Politecnica delle Marche)


FAQ

·        I haven't received a confirmation email yet. Did something go wrong?

No. An official confirmation email will be sent to you within 10 working days. If you haven't received an email, please contact the secretariat at eurosdr@kuleuven.be.

·        I would like to enroll to the e-learning course(s), but I am not able to attend the pre-course seminar. Is that a problem?

No. It is not obligatory to attend the pre-course seminar. Please note that the fee for attending the pre-course seminar is always included in the total price.

·        What does the course fee include?

The course fee includes all course materials, two-weeks of e-learning and participation at a two-day (online) seminar. 

·        Can I pay by credit card?

Unfortunately we are unable to accept payment by credit card. However, payments can be made by bank transfer or by invoice.

·        Is it possible to request an invoice?

Yes. If you would like to receive an invoice, please contact the secretariat as soon as possible at eurosdr@kuleuven.be. Please note that EuroSDR does not have a VAT number.

·        Who can apply for a scholarship?

The scholarships are intended to Ph.D./Master students and other applicants with no or very limited financial support from their university or public institution. You can only apply for a scholarship if you take active part in all 4 EduServ courses (but we accept if at least two of them are successfully completed). Please note that successful applicants from previous years will be automatically excluded from the evaluation.

·        When will I receive the login details of Moodle?

You will receive an email with the login details a couple of days prior to the start of the e-learning course you registered for (usually on the last Friday before the start of the course). If you haven't received any email by Friday evening, please contact the secretariat at eurosdr@kuleuven.be.  

·        How long and when will I have access to the study materials?

Once the course has started, you will have access to the study materials 24/7 during two weeks, in order to allow participants to follow the course with minimum disruption.

·        Will I receive a certificate?

Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion after successfully completing the e-learning course(s). This certificate will be sent to you by email or to the address you provided on the registration form -depending on which option you selected- latest at the beginning of July. If you haven't received your certificate by then, please contact the secretariat at eurosdr@kuleuven.be.

In case you did not pass the course(s) and actively participated in the course, it is possible to obtain a certificate of attendance. You can request this certificate by sending an email to eurosdr@kuleuven.be

 

For more information, please contact Ms. Tatjana Van Huyck at eurosdr@kuleuven.be.