Starting in 2016 ISPRS will have a new commissions structure comprising these five commissions:

Commission I: Sensor Systems
Commission II: Photogrammetry
Commission III: Remote Sensing
Commission IV: Spatial Information Science
Commission V: Education and Outreach

More details can be found here.

Commission I is concerned with the design, construction, characterisation, calibration and use of
imaging and non-imaging sensors, sensor systems and sensor networks for photogrammetry, remote
sensing and spatial information science, such as air- and space-borne digital cameras and laser
scanners, and thermal, hyperspectral and radar sensors. Commission I investigates the different
platforms for data acquisition, including (but not restricted to) unmanned aircraft systems, mobile
mapping systems, aircrafts, satellites including small satellites, and satellite constellations and
cooperates with the related industry.

Commission II deals with the theory and application of extracting and analysing spatio-temporal
information of objects from terrestrial, aerial and satellite images, image sequences and point clouds
using approaches from photogrammetry, image analysis, computer vision and machine learning, with
emphasis on accurate and reliable geometric information. Applications comprise of image-based 3D
measurement in geospatial data acquisition, extra-terrestrial mapping, engineering and industrial
metrology, heritage recording, forensic analysis, robotics, driver assistance systems, surveillance,
medical applications and other fields. Commission II cooperates with international societies in
computer and machine vision and related industry and is the point of contact for CIPA.

Commission III – Remote Sensing is concerned with research, development, investigation and operational use of methods
and systems for the analysis of remotely sensed observations of the Earth from air- and space-borne
sensors, in synergy with in situ and hand held measurements, such as physical modelling of
electromagnetic radiation, the analysis of spectral signatures, image classification, data fusion and
pattern recognition. Applications dealt with in Commission III comprise of environmental monitoring
for sustainable development and global change; mapping of human and natural activities including
land cover, land use and biodiversity; physical and empirically based process monitoring; assessing
and mitigating disasters; identifying and assessing renewable and non-renewable resources; and
monitoring temporal changes in weather, land and sea cover. Commission III cooperates intensively
with national space agencies and is the point of contact for ICORSE.

Commission IV – Spatial Information Science deals with theoretical and practical aspects of the modelling, management, analysis,
dissemination and visualisation of spatial and spatio-temporal data, including interoperability, web
services and geospatial data infrastructure. Commission IV is concerned with applications and
operational use of spatio-temporal information in areas such as environmental monitoring, disaster
management, mobility, 3D city models, Building Information Systems, social media, location based
services and health. Commission IV also provides links to international bodies such as UN-GGIM,
ISO and OGC and to National Mapping and Cadastre Agencies.

Commission V – Education and Outreach deals with education, training, capacity building and outreach in all areas related to ISPRS. It is also the home Commission for the ISPRS Student Consortium. In carrying out its tasks,
Commission V cooperates intensively with Commissions I – IV and with other international geospatial

About fjbehr

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Behr, Professor of Geoinformatics at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences ( His specializations include * Internet, Internet GIS * XML, GML, SVG * Data exchange and Interoperability * Visualization * Open Source Solutions * Consulting Member of the DIN working group NA 005-03-03 AA "Arbeitsausschuss Kartographie und Geoinformation" (Sp CEN/TC 287+ISO/TC 211). He is the author of two authoritative books on GIS in German, one is "Strategisches GIS-Management", published by Wichmann Verlag (2004). The second is "Einführung in Geographische Informationssysteme" (1997).

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