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Universidad EAFIT
Carrera 49 # 7 sur -50 Medellín Antioquia Colombia
Carrera 12 # 96-23, oficina 304 Bogotá Cundinamarca Colombia
(57)(4) 2619500

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​​Conference Overview

The conference will be located in the campus of EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia.

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The main conference will be held from February 2nd to 4th, 2022.

  • All accepted papers will be presented in poster sessions, and more than 50% of them also in oral sessions, split into special sessions and regular sessions; posters will be printed for free by the conference organizers.​
  • Some awards will be given for best paper and best student paper.
  • Industrial exhibition.

Some side events will be organized on May 18th, before the main conference:

  • Field trips and technical trainings on urban remote sensing.

Beyond the scientific program, various social events will take place!


The JURSE 2021 will feature the following keynote speakers.

Prof. Dr. Begüm Demir.

Professor and Head of the Remote Sensing Image Analysis (RSiM) Group at Technische Universität Berlin, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Her research focuses on remote sensing, machine learning, image and signal processing. Professor Dr. Demir leads the BigEarth research project, which aims to develop a scalable and accurate Earth Observation (EO) image search and retrieval system for an accurate and fast discovery of crucial information for observing Earth from Big EO Archives.

Prof. Dr. Sue Grimmond.

Professor of Urban Meteorology and Climate at the University of Reading (UK) and Met Office Joint Chair. Her research interests include urban climatology, surface-atmosphere exchanges, heat, carbon and water fluxes, micrometeorology, land-surface parameterization schemes, boundary layer meteorology, hydroclimatology, and observations. She has published more than 240 papers which have attracted approximately 21,000 citations.

Carlos H. Jaramillo. 

Architect and Urban Planner, director of the Medellín’s Planning Office from 2007 to2009, and several times acting mayor of Medellín. His interests are publicpolicies, urbanplanningand the socio-economic models of development. Carlos will deliver a keynoteabout the urban transformation of Medellin in recent decades.

Prof. Dr. Paul C. Sutton. 

Professor at Denver University with interests in sustainability, ecological economics, and population geography. Hisresearch involves the use of nighttime satellite imagery for mapping and measuring population distribution, economic activity, anthropogenic impact on the environment, and urban sprawl.​



Topics include (but are not limited to):

URBAN topics

  • New data & sensors for urban area remote sensing
    • SAR, InSAR, Airborne and terrestrial LiDAR, UAV, VHR optical orbital and airborne sensors and data, Hyperspectral sensors and data.
  • Structure detection and characterization in urban areas
    • Change detection, Classification, Multitemporal analysis, Feature extraction methods, Calibration and correction approaches.
  • Algorithms and techniques for remotely sensed data interpretation in urban areas
    • Building extraction and reconstruction, Road and road network extraction, Vehicle detection and traffic monitoring, Urban area extraction, Land use and land cover mapping, Data mining.
  • Algorithms and techniques for urban area applications
    • Urban modeling, Urban area trend monitoring, Urban heat island monitoring, Urban atmosphere monitoring, GIS & remote sensing data fusion.

URS topics

  • Urban climatology, geology, and geohazards
    • Urban heat island effects, Air quality assessment, Subsidence, Hydrology, Earthquake/Volcanic/ falling, landslide and debris flow geological hazards, Coastal hazards, Environmental monitoring (soil, groundwater contaminant studies).
  • RS applications to social science
    • Applications to vital statistics, RS and health, RS and GIS applications to social science, Applications to security and emergency, Applications to "World Expo" and "Olympic Games", RS and GIS applications in archaeology.
  • RS applications to urban planning and conservation
    • Urban planning, Transportation planning, Digital city, Urban conservation, Urban simulation based on RS, Cultural heritage.
  • Urban development and growth pattern
    • Urban development modeling, Contributions to urban trajectory theory, Detailed structure change, Smart growth.
  • Urban and peri-urban ecology
    • Urban and peri-urban landscape ecology, Urban and peri-urban ecological process modeling, Comparative studies.

Special Sessions

 JURSE 2021 will feature a number of special sessions to be defined, wait for more information soon.

When submitting a paper, authors will be able to choose between the JURSE 2021 general topics or one of the special sessions. Please note that the final assignment of accepted papers into general and special sessions will be done according to the overall set of accepted papers, and it is possible that papers submitted to special sessions finally appear in general sessions (or conversely).

Previous Conferences 

The idea to organize an international workshop on urban remote sensing, jointly sponsored by IEEE GRSS (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society) and ISPRS (International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) was put in practice for the first time by the GRSS/ISPRS Joint Workshop on Remote sensing and data fusion over urban areas (URBAN) held in Rome (2001). Editions of URBAN followed in Berlin (2003) and Tempe (2005). In parallel to these activities a series of workshops named Remote sensing of urban and suburban areas (URS) were organized in Regensburg (1997, 2001, 2003), Istanbul (2002), and Tempe (2005).

After the common workshop in Tempe (2005), the 4th GRSS/ISPRS Joint Workshop on Remote sensing and data fusion over urban areas (URBAN) and the 6th International Symposium on Remote sensing of urban areas (URS) were jointly held in Paris (2007). The meeting was named Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE). The last JURSEs were held in Shangai (2009)Munich (2011)Sao Paulo (2013)Lausanne (2015), Dubai (2017), and Vannes (2019).

Social events

Beyond the scientific program, JURSE 2021 will also offer several opportunities for networking and socializing. These activities will be defined later this year and listed in this section.

Technical Tutorials

A day of pre-conference tutorials will be held at the EAFIT campus computer rooms. These short-training-courses will be defined later this year.