Consortium

Project leader for Japan:
Tokai University, Japan - Resp.: Prof. Kohei Cho Tokai University (TU) has a long lasting experience in disaster monitoring and analyses based on Remote Sensing data. The Tokai University Space Information Center (TSIC) is one of the most sophisticated and automated ground station owned by a university. TSIC has three x-band antennas and three s-band antennas. With these antennas, TSIC can receive data from various kinds of satellites including MTSAT2, NPP, GCOM-W1, FORMOSAT-2 and LDCM (Landsat-8). The excellence of TU work will be in creating a practical pipeline, based on RS imagery, operative in case of disasters.
Project leader for Europe:

IGP - ETH, Switzerland - Resp.: Dr Emmanuel Baltsavias

ETH Zurich and its Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry (IGP) / Chair of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (PRS) have been consistently selected as the best continental European university and institute. The experience of the PRS is substantial in processing of aerial and satellite images,developing novel automated methods for extraction of geometric and thematic information and combining digital photogrammetric and modern computer vision techniques. The PRS group has participated in several projects dealing with disasters (earthquakes, land/rockslides and glaciers) and is a member of the Hazneth (ETHZ network for natural disasters, www.hazneth.ethz.ch) and the North-South Center. Furthermore, the group since 1984 has been heavily involved in international scientific work, primarily through holding officer positions and organising events within ISPRS (Int. Soc. for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) and AARS (Asian Assoc. of Remote Sensing). The PRS group had previously cooperation with Japan: a) cooperation with the ARIDA association, focusing on close-range photogrammetry, b) through a common Swiss-Japanese programme, supporting scientific exchange through workshops in Japan and Switzerland.

Other project partners:
3DOM - Bruno Kessler Foundation, Italy - Resp.: Dr Fabio Remondino The Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK) and its 3D Optical Metrology (3DOM) research unit have large experience in reality-based 3D modeling mapping, geo-data processing and WebGIS publication. Such expertise will be the base for the success in RAPIDMAP and for the delivering a reliable and powerful Decision support system (DSS) exploitable by policy makers, rescue organization and activities planning in case of a disaster. 3DOM-FBK will be responsible for the DSS development, for the project's dissemination and will also collaborate in the data collection and processing.
IPI - Leibniz University Hannover, Germany - Prof. Uwe Soergel Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) and its Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation (IPI) are experienced in 3D object recognition especially from SAR data and in the fusion of optical and SAR data. Prof. Soergel chairs since 2008 an ISPRS working group VII/2 “SAR Interferometry” which deals with 3D reconstruction from SAR. Within RAPIDMAP, the focus of LUH is on the determination of change detection of 3D structure based on SAR imagery. This topic is still an open issue in the research community and the development within the RAPIDMAP project will certainly lead to outstanding scientific results.
Nihon University, Japan - Prof. Hiroyuki Wakabayash Nihon University (NU) is working since some years on disaster mapping using unmanned remotely pilot drones or autonomous vehicles (UAV). NU will examine the advantage of fusing UAV data with satellite images over the damaged area. Together with TU, various data over Japan disasters are already under collection and these data will be used to demonstrate the possibility of collecting, integrating and disseminating Remote Sensing and GIS data from multiple sources to end-users.