Special Issue "Recent Trends in 3D Modelling from Point Clouds"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Remote Sensing Image Processing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Wei Yao
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Guest Editor
Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Interests: LiDAR; 3D scene perception and analysis; Environmental remote sensing; Sensor fusion
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Prof. Dr. Hongchao Fan
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Høgskoleringen 7a, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
Interests: 3D modelling; LiDAR; photogrammetry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Point clouds are deemed to be one of the foundational pillars in representing the 3D digital world, despite their irregular topology among the discrete points associated with them. Recently, advancements in sensor technologies that acquire point cloud data for a flexible and scalable geometric representation have paved the way for the development of new ideas, methodologies, and solutions in countless remote sensing applications. These state-of-the-art sensors can capture and describe objects in a scene using dense point clouds from various platforms (satellite, aerial, UAV, vehicle-borne, backpack, handheld, and static terrestrial), perspectives (nadir, oblique, and side-view), spectra (multispectral), and granularity (point density and completeness). In the last two decades, point clouds generated from images or directly acquired from Lidar (including ALS, MLS, BLS, and TLS) have become the main source for 3D modeling. Many algorithms have since been made available in the form of data-driven, model-driven or hybrid approaches to reconstruct 3D models with semantic information. The latest techniques in deep learning have even made it possible to predict 3D models from point clouds.

The Special Issue aims at contributions that focus on processing and utilizing point cloud data acquired from laser scanners and other 3D imaging systems. We are particularly interested in original papers that address innovative techniques for generating, handling, and analyzing point cloud data, challenges in dealing with point cloud data in emerging remote sensing applications, and which develop new applications for point cloud data. Additionally, we look forward to seeing new algorithms, techniques, and applications of generating 3D city models or digital twins from point cloud data.

Prof. Dr. Wei Yao
Prof. Dr. Hongchao Fan
Guest Editors

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  • Point cloud acquisition from the laser scanner, stereo vision, panoramas, camera phone images, oblique and satellite imagery
  • Deep learning for point cloud processing
  • Point cloud registration and segmentation
  • Feature extraction, object detection, semantic labeling, and change detection
  • Point cloud processing for indoor modeling and BIM
  • Digital twins from point clouds
  • Semantic city models from 3D point clouds
  • Fusion of multimodal point clouds with imagery for object classification and modeling
  • Modeling urban and natural environment from aerial and mobile LiDAR/image-based point clouds
  • Industrial applications with large-scale point clouds
  • High-performance computing for large-scale point clouds

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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