Dr. Martin Isenburg received his MSc in 1999 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and his PhD in 2004 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA – both in Computer Science. Currently, he is an independent scientist, lecturer, and research consultant. Dr. Isenburg has created a popular suite of LiDAR processing software modules called LAStools that is the flagship product of rapidlasso GmbH, the company he founded in 2012. The LAStools software suite has deep market penetration and is heavily used in industry, government agencies, research labs, and educational institutions. These highly efficient LiDAR processing tools are known for their high productivity. They combine robust algorithms with efficient I/O and clever memory management to achieve high throughput for data sets containing billions of points. See http://rapidlasso.com for more information.
Dr. Ribana Roscher received her Diploma and PhD in Geodesy from the University of Bonn, Germany in 2008 and 2012, respectively. During 2012 and 2015 she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Julius Kühn-Insitut (Institute for Grapevine Breeding) in Siebeldingen, Humboldt Innovation in Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. In 2015 she was a Visiting Researcher at The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, Toronto, Canada. Since 2015 she is a Junior Professor for Remote Sensing at the University of Bonn. In her research, she aims at the development of pattern recognition methods, which are particularly designed for the analysis of large scale remote sensing data. She specifically focusses on efficient classification methods, techniques for sophisticated feature learning and the integration of prior knowledge such as spatial and temporal information. A central idea in her research is to develop methods which ensure a high discrimination power and at the same time model the underlying structure of the data, since such methods are a prerequisite for the automatic analysis of Earth observation data.
Loredana Pompilio received the Master degree in earth sciences from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, in 2001 and the Ph.D. degree in earth sciences from the University of Parma, Parma, Italy.
From 2005 to 2008, she studied the principles and applications of optic and infrared spectroscopy as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Parma, Parma, Italy. In 2009, she worked as a Project Manager in building innovative business based on spectroscopic applications, with a grant received from theSPINNER Consortium, Bologna, Italy. In 2010, she worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in geological and environmental remote sensing research at the Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment-National Research Council (IREA-CNR), Milano, Italy. Since 2011, she has a research position with the D’Annunzio University, Chieti, Italy. Her research interests include optical and infrared spectroscopy, remote sensing applications, and analytical software development.