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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 hosted by EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia.

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


Dr. Argyro Kavvada​.

Dr. Argyro Kavvada is the Program Manager for Sustainable Development Goals Activities at NASA’s Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program. Her work promotes uses of Earth science applications and research to advance sustainable development around the world, in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). She also serves as the Executive Director for the international Earth Observations for Sustainable Development Goals (EO4SDG) initiative. In 2020, she received the NASA Headquarters Honor Award for Excellence in Innovation for her global leadership in accelerating Earth observation uses for sustainable development. Dr. Kavvada will deliver a keynote about EO4SDG focused on EO applications for urban monitoring, and to make cities and human settlements resilient, equitable and sustainable.​

​Johnny Miller.

Johnny Miller is a photographer and multimedia storyteller based in South Africa and the USA. He is interested in exploring social justice issues from the ground and from the air. His photographic project Unequal Scenes has garnered widespread praise and been featured in many of the world’s top publications. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Code For Africa and a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the Londo​n School of Economics. Johnny is also the co-founder of africanDRONE​​, a pan-African organization committed to using drones for good. ​

Carlos H. Jaramillo.

Architect and Urban Planner, director of the Medellín's Planning Office from 2007 to 2009, and several times acting mayor of Medellín. His interests are public policies, urban planning and the socio-economic models of development. Carlos will deliver a keynote about the urban transformation of Medellin in recent decades.


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.

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).