Christian Heipke Winner of Photogrammetric (Fairchild) Award
The 2013 Photogrammetric Award (Fairchild) was awarded to Prof. Dr. Christian Heipke at the 2013 Annual ASPRS Conference in Baltimore on March 26. Heipke was awarded the Photogrammetric (Fairchild) Award for his contributions including advancing the transition from analytical to digital photogrammetry, significant achievements in object extraction from digital imagery and image matching, progressing the introduction of softcopy systems, and, more recently, helping to reinforce the essential connection between photogrammetry and computer vision. Heipke has been Professor Habilitation (the highest academic qualification given overseas) since 1994, and has been a Full Professor and the head of the Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation at the Leibniz University Hannover since 1998.
This award, the essence of which is practicability, is designed to stimulate the development of the art of aerial photogrammetry in the United States. The selection committee makes its choice based on an outstanding invention or design involving any type of equipment that applies to the art of aerial photogrammetry; any outstanding method developed for the general use of aerial photographs and/or imagery; outstanding research for study along aerial photogrammetric lines and outstanding effort for the general advancement of the art of photogrammetry. Lockheed Martin donates funding for the award, which consists of a silver presentation plaque.
Clive Fraser Winner of Outstanding Technical Achievement Award
This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award is Dr. Clive Fraser, for his development and production of the digital camera calibration program “Australis.” The Australis automatic camera calibration system was developed to accommodate contemporary calibration requirements and is a software system for digital camera self-calibration that incorporates an innovative workflow for improved efficiency and effectiveness. The significant features of Australis are efficiency, flexibility, automation, and calibration to the highest metric standards. Fraser serves as Honorary Professor of Infrastructure Engineering, Program Science Director, Cooperative Research Center for Spatial Information, and Professional Fellow, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia.
This award was introduced for the first time in 2012 and is given to a developer of a specific breakthrough technology which causes quantum advances in the practice of photogrammetry, remote sensing or geographic information systems in the United States. Dr. Fraser received the award in March at the ASPRS 2013 Annual Conference in Baltimore.
In 2011, ASPRS and the ASPRS Foundation received a very generous individual donation to endow a new Outstanding Technical Achievement Award. In accordance with the wishes of the donor, a long time ASPRS member, this donation was made anonymously. ASPRS has agreed to match the donation, in accordance with its current matching policy, resulting in and ensuring this annual Award will be fully endowed.