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BIFOLD Lecture: Advanced urban remote sensing

Prof. Dr. Paolo Gamba from the University of Pavia, Italy, will visit BIFOLD to give an invited 8h lecture on the week of June 13-17. The former President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society is guest of Prof. Dr. Begüm Demir, BIFOLD group lead and Professor for Remote Sensing Image Analysis at TU Berlin. The lecture will introduce Earth observation (EO) data sources and their characteristics for urban monitoring.
The courses are open for everybody and take place in different locations on TU Berlin’s main campus. View campus map here.

Date, Time & Location: 

June, 13, 10-11.30 am, H 2032
June, 16, 10-11.30 am, HE 101
June, 17, 10-11.30 am, A 151 & 11.45 am – 1.15 pm, A 151


  • Introduction to urban remote sensing: principles of urban remote sensing, analysis of urban areas at different scales, using different sensors and aiming at different applications.
  • Urban area extraction using radar data: methods and techniques for urban area extraction using radar data, starting with coarse resolution data and moving to high resolution and very high resolution data. Applications at the global, regional and local data. Fusion of multiple SAR data sets on the same area.
  • Urban area extraction using multispectral data: techniques for urban area extraction from Landsat and Sentinel-2 data. Challenges related to global data set analysis and processing. The possibilities offered by cloud computing (with examples from Google Earth Engine).
  • Urban data fusion: how to use multiple sensors, how to select and integrate multiple data sources, how to exploit social media, image from the ground, sensor networks and geospatial data.
  • Urban area risk applications: examples of risk application in urban area considering remote sensing data and extracted information as an input. Focus on disaster exposure, vulnerability and damage assessment.


Paolo Gamba is Professor at the University of Pavia, Italy, where he leads the Telecommunications and Remote Sensing Laboratory. He received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering “cum laude” from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 1989, and the Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from the same University in 1993.
He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters from 2009 to 2013, and as Chair of the Data Fusion Committee of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) from October 2005 to May 2009. He has been elected in the GRSS AdCom since 2014, served as GRSS President from 2019 to 2020, and is currently GRSS Junior Past President.
He has been the organizer and Technical Chair of the biennial GRSS/ISPRS Joint Workshops on “Remote Sensing and Data Fusion over Urban Areas” from 2001 to 2015. He also served as Technical Co-Chair of the 2010, 2015 and 2020 IGARSS conferences, in Honolulu (Hawaii), Milan (Italy), and on-line, respectively.
He has been invited to give keynote lectures and tutorials in several occasions about urban remote sensing, data fusion, EO data for physical exposure and risk management. He published more than 170 papers in international peer-review journals and presented 310 research works in workshops and conferences.

Prof. Paolo Gamba
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