”Photogrammetry is the science and technology of extracting reliable three-dimensional geometric and thematic information, often over time, of objects and scenes from image and range data” (ISPRS)
The Laboratory of Photogrammetry of the School of Rural, Surveying and Geoinformatics Engineering of National Technical University of Athens was founded in 1962 and has significant educational and research activity worldwide. It serves the scientific areas of Photogrammetry and Computer Vision, as well as Cadastre and Land Administration.
The staff of the Laboratory consists of 6 members of the Teaching Staff, 4 members of the Laboratory Teaching Staff, while researchers and postgraduate students are also active. All members are scientifically acclaimed in the international scientific community, with a large number of publications and heterogeneous reports, having high scientific training and many years of experience in scientific areas of Photogrammetry and Computer Vision, which are at the forefront of technology.
The laboratory provides 10 courses at the undergraduate studies at the School of Rural & Surveying Engineering and, at the same time, participates in various postgraduate programs with courses and lectures.
The general philosophy of the research work of the Laboratory of Photogrammetry is to produce new knowledge and to train and support young researchers in the theoretical and practical subjects of Photogrammetry and Computer Vision, through basic and applied research. In particular, the research interests of the members of the Laboratory are focused on:
- 3D Reconstuction and Mapping using Computer Vision Algorithms on Aerial, Satellite, Terrestrial and Underwater Imagery,
- 3D Reconstuction and Mapping using LIDAR and SAR data,
- Classification, detection and segmentation of unordered 3D point sets and images,
- Geometric Documentation and 3D representation and Modelling of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage,
- Historic Building Information Modelling (HBIM),
- Virtual and Augmented Reality applications,
- Monitoring of dynamically changing environments,
- Development of multidimensional land information management systems.
The scientific field of Cadastre and Land Administration includes legal, technical, financial and administrative tools for securing rights on land and real property, and for the good management of land, the sea and the built environment, such as elements of:
- real property law, technical legislation, land policy and land use zoning, property valuation and taxation as well as basic principles for the functioning of sustainable real estate markets,
- modern methods for the adjudication of rights and rights holders and the compilation of cadastral maps, data bases and standardization, national spatial data infrastructures, and
- modern information technology and land information systems, for an interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on evidence-based decision-making for the planning and the appropriate management of current global challenges.
In the above mentioned fields the following actives are included:
- teaching graduate and post graduate courses, diploma theses and seminars that are co-organized periodically by several relevant associations
- research, doctoral dissertations and research projects; the results of those are published in conferences and scientific journals and are notified to the relevant professional associations and to government agencies both in Greece and internationally.