The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
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Articles | Volume XL-1
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-1, 377–380, 2014
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-1, 377–380, 2014

  07 Nov 2014

07 Nov 2014

Integrating the UAS in Undergraduate Teaching and Research – Opportunities and Challenges at University of North Georgia

J. B. Sharma and D. Hulsey J. B. Sharma and D. Hulsey
  • Institute for Environmental Spatial Analysis, University of North Georgia, Gainesville, GA 30504, USA

Keywords: UAS, High Spatial Resolution, GEOBIA, LiDAR, Segmentation, DSM

Abstract. The University of North Georgia (UNG) has begun to evaluate both fixed and rotary UAS platforms across the departments to evaluate their potential for furthering both student learning experiences and undergraduate research. A research project of the Institute for Spatial Analysis (IESA) at UNG has acquired the fixed wing eBee UAS and is currently piloting its integration into the undergraduate geospatial science curriculum. Limited very low altitude, line of sight calibration runs within areas of our campus have help us understand the capabilities that this technology brings to learning and research opportunities at UNG. In our pilot area of study on the UNG Gainesville Campus, we will collect overlapping imagery and generate 3-D models. These models will be compared with models based on LiDAR data. Geographic Object Based Image Analysis (GEOBIA) methods are essential to the analysis of voluminous high resolution UAS data and the associated computational and regulatory issues are discussed. Several future interdisciplinary projects are envisaged with the eBee UAS and this project helps establish their viability.