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IGTF2016 CMYK websmallASPRS 2016 Annual Conference:

IGTF 2016

 Imaging & Geospatial Technology Forum (IGTF)

& co-located JACIE Workshop
Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) Workshop

Fort Worth, Texas USA   *  April 11 - 15, 2016  *  Fort Worth Convention Center

The ASPRS Annual Conferences have been RE-designed, RE-imagined and RE-thought with YOU in mind! The NEW Imaging and Geospatial Technology Forum (IGTF) will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, April 11 - 15, 2016.

Click Here for the Conference Program

 Click Here to Register


About IGTF 2016

The ASPRS annual conferences have been renamed to the Imaging & Geospatial Technology Forum (IGTF). This new brand gives ASPRS annual conferences a fresh and recognizable name, something easy and memorable. 

The redesign has been created to encompass the broadest terms for our industry, “Imaging” and “Geospatial”, while incorporating the idea of “Technology” as the center and reason we all come together. We decided to use the word “Forum” instead of conference because Forum means to assemble or a meeting place for the discussion of questions, promoting open discussion and sharing. And the sharing of ideas and open discussion is the core value for each ASPRS conference. All these elements together formed the new look and feel for ASPRS annual conferences - The Imaging & Geospatial Technology Forum (IGTF 2016).

 The all new IGTF 2016 will bring innovative presentations,
dynamic keynote speakers, an exciting Technology Floor,
a new conference layout and MUCH, much more!

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 We are excited to welcome back the JACIE Workshop to again co-locate with our conference. The JACIE Workshop dates are April 12-14, 2016.

JACIE 2013 Logo gls noNGAThe intent of the JACIE workshop is to exchange information regarding the characterization and application of the commercial imagery used by the government. This workshop is focused on the synergy of high, medium and low resolution imagery and remote sensing technologies used by the Government. This workshop is sponsored by the Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) team, a collaborative group of representatives from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Who Attends IGTF?

On average, more than 1,000 imaging and geospatial information professionals gather from across the nation and around the globe for ASPRS Annual Conferences. And this year, we are expecting a record attendance with the co-location of the JACIE Workshop and the fantastic location in Fort Worth, Texas.

Attendees are mid- and upper-level imaging and geospatial managers from corporations, government agencies, consultants, educators, reseachers, students and field surveyors.

30% - Owners/CEOs

20% - Researcher/Educator

15% - Students

12% - Management

10% - Staff Specialists

8% - Field Specialists

5% - Other

 About Forth Worth

The City of Cowboys & Culture is the 16th-largest city in the United States and part of the No. 1 tourist destination in Texas, welcoming 6.5 million visitors annually. Fort Worth is comprised of seven primary entertainment districts each offering distinct dining, shopping, entertainment and cultural amenities. In only a few days you can enjoy a range of experiences: from NASCAR racing to rodeos, world-class museums to cowboy cuisine, boutique shopping to a Top 5 zoo, biking to horseback riding. Explore each of our unique districts to see what Fort Worth has to offer you. For more information on Forth Worth, click here


Frontier Day

Click here for the Agenda (business track).

Click here for STEM Outreach activities.

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Keven Gambold, CEO, Unmanned Experts, Inc.

Keven Gambold is a founding member of Unmanned Experts Inc., and holds the position of CEO. He completed a BSc in Psychology and Philosophy at Durham University, England and attended Royal Air Force (RAF) Officer Training. He is a retired RAF fighter-bomber squadron leader with a distinguished career of 1500 hours in the Tornado, flying combat missions in Turkey, Kuwait, Kosovo, and Iraq for which he was awarded several commendations. Keven was also posted to Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases, Nevada, and Tallil Air Base, Iraq. logging over 1500 hours flying with the Joint Predator Task Force. Keven has also published numerous peer-reviewed papers, chaired conferences, and taught courses on UAS operations in the civil sector.

Welcome to Frontier Day

April 14 and 15, 2016

Ft. Worth, Texas

Attention Public Safety Officers, Oil & Gas Professionals and 3D City Planners

As part of the upcoming IGTF 2016 Conference in Ft. Worth, TX the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the ASPRS would like to invite you to participate in Frontier Days. This event includes a tour of the exhibit hall on Thursday plus educational sessions on Friday, including best practice presentations.

Whether it is learning about geography, GPS, driverless vehicles or drones knowing “where” people or things (as in the Internet of Things) are located is critical to making informed decisions.

Why Should You Attend?

  • To learn from experts about the “Power of Where” – most business decisions involve location
  • To gain competitive advantage through insights about new technologies, like drones and driverless vehicles, and what the future holds for these disruptive geo-technologies
  • To make contact with leading professionals in mapping and geo-business who can help you to be more successful in your profession
  • To find out about career opportunities in the rapidly expanding geospatial information technology profession



Register Early for IGTF 2016 and Take a Workshop at No Extra Charge

Register now for IGTF 2016 and select a workshop – included in the IGTF Full and IGTF Monday registrations. Register early because workshops will fill up. Chose from our largest-ever selection, all taught by experts in their field. Maintain your certification and get continuing education credits as part of the conference. Select a second workshop for an additional fee, or spend the rest of your day contributing to technical activities of ASPRS committees, divisions, and working groups.


Student Internship

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IGTF Student Internship Program Information

IGTF, the ASPRS Conference, has student internship opportunities available.  This position is very important to the success of the Conference. Carefully read the information below to decide if you would like to be a part of this great opportunity and to see if you are a good fit for the IGTF Student Internship Program.

Student Internship Application Deadline: February 12, 2016

  • Must be an ASPRS Student Member
  • Up to 20 available spots for this position
  • All interns must work a minimum of 22 hours, split into increments of five or more hours, during the week of the conference
  • All interns must arrive by Sunday, April 10 2016 and depart no earlier than 5:00 pm, Thursday, April 14, 2016  
  • Students who apply for a Student Internship MUST be available to serve during the entire week of the conference (Sunday, April 11 through Thursday, April 15, 2016) and MUST attend the online orientation webinar meeting -- Monday, April 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time.
  • To apply, complete the Online Internship Application below


  • You must be an ASPRS Student Member.
  • You must be registered, at least half time (full time preferred) for classes during the 2016 spring semester.
  • Submit an application, along with an essay outlining your interest in this position, a faculty recommendation, and proof of registration for the spring 2016 semester.
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 5 hours a day on all days of the conference.


Students who are accepted to serve as Student Interns receive:

  • Complimentary lodging (two students share a room) from Sunday, April 10, 2016 - Friday, April 15, 2016
  • .Complimentary conference registration
  • $10 per day lunch stipend if 7.5 hours are worked in one day


Any student accepted to serve as a Student Intern must be able to cover their own transportation to and from the conference. Proof of travel confirmation will be requested from student interns.

Only those Students who are assigned to an ASPRS Workshop as part of their volunteer duties may attend the assigned workshop at no cost. All others who wish to attend a workshop must register for the workshop of their choice and pay the student workshop fee. These workshops are not part of the general conference registration fee.

Students who have not served as Student Interns at any past ASPRS Conference will be given preference in the application review process. It is the aim of the Student  Internship Program to give as many students as possible an opportunity to benefit from these awards.

For questions regarding volunteer opportunities please contact:

Dr. Rakesh Malhotra, ASPRS Volunteer Coordinator
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ASPRS Student Internship Guidelines

To download the ASPRS Student Internship Guidelines, click here. (PDF 19KB)

ASPRS Student Internship Application Form

Click here to fill out the Application Form.


  • Conference

    Please put April 11-15, 2016 on your calendar.  Do it now.  You will not be disappointed.

    The 2016 meeting will build on the changes made for 2015, and add an outreach component called “Frontier Day”.  Each day of the traditional program will focus on particular application areas, while each session will address the applications from a different technical perspective (e.g. Lidar, Photogrammetry, etc.).  Outreach will target new and potential beneficiaries of geospatial technology and services that do not traditionally attend the ASPRS meetings (business development for the benefit of our members), and STEM educators and/or students (youth development for the benefit of society).  Keynote presentations will come from representatives of government, academic, and business sectors.  The entire conference is organized by the National Technical Conference Planning Committee (NTPC), which is an inclusive body that has representation from every ASPRS and partner group that requested participation.  The high-level program for the annual meeting looks like this:



    Monday, 4/11

    Tuesday, 4/12

    Wednesday, 4/13

    Thursday, 4/14

    Friday, 4/15


    Various Technical and
    Society Business Meetings &
    Classified Session

    Applications: Agriculture, Water, & Environment Day

    Transportation, Infrastructure, & Energy Day

    Technology Day & Public Safety, Security, & Defense Day

    Frontier Day

    • STEM Outreach
    • Business Outreach


    Professional Development Workshops

    Town Hall: The Future of ASPRS

    Exhibits (all day)

    (all day)

    Outreach Seminars



    JACIE workshop

    JACIE workshop

     JACIE workshop


    Evening Activities

    Board Meeting

    SAC/EPC Meetup, STEM Outreach

    Awards Dessert Reception

    Evening Exhibits (outreach) and
    Arts Festival

    Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival


    As you can see, each day is packed with relevant technical activities, and the evenings have been mostly left open for networking and business.  Plus, there are three good reasons to stay over Saturday night: 1) lower air fares; 2) the chance to participate in community service through outreach; and 3) a major arts, food, and music festival.

    Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival:


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  • About

    This page shows information about the event as well as links to:

    Event Schedule


    Contacts page


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    What is Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) team?

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and their associates and partners, are directly responsible for establishing and leading a unique interagency team of scientists and engineers who work together to evaluate and enhance the quality remote sensing data for commercial and government use. This team is called “the Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) team”.

    This team works together to define, prioritize, assign, and assess civil and commercial image quality and jointly sponsors an annual JACIE Civil Commercial Imagery Evaluation workshop with participation support from the remote sensing calibration and validation science community. The intent of the JACIE workshop is to exchange information regarding the characterization and application of commercial and civil imagery used by the government and commercial sectors. This workshop is focused on the synergy of high, medium and low resolution imagery and remote sensing technologies used by the Government.


     Why JACIE?

    Quality image data is crucial to the Federal Government to aid in decision-making for global problems, such as climate change, food supply monitoring, and deforestation, and specific problems, such as the management of federal lands, defense and homeland security. Ensuring the acquisition and delivery of quality remote sensing data requires independent characterization and validation; this is the true JACIE “trademark”. JACIE serves as a model for how government should characterize remotely sensed data that it purchases in the future.

    Each of the JACIE agencies brings its own unique resources and the talents of its people to this task. The JACIE team has a strong focus on geospatial and radiometric calibration, accuracy, and resolution. Image interpretability, feature extraction capability and the imagery’s applicability to problem solving are core areas. The relationship that developed between the government and industry has resulted in a spirit of cooperation and trust that is key to JACIE's non-biased assessment of the data.  The interagency collaboration -- combined with openness and involvement with industry -- has been especially successful. The cooperative effort of the JACIE team and industry has resulted in improved product quality for all commercial remote sensing data users.

    In addition to the partnership between the five federal agencies, the JACIE team has invested in partnerships with state and local governments as well as universities who bring their diverse expertise, needs, and insights to the table. This extended partnership has been encouraged and funded by all four agencies and helps to promote and expand the usefulness of this government research while simultaneously giving the federal partners key insights in the capabilities and needs of other entities.JACIE 2013 Logo gls noNGA

    The JACIE team effort is a model partnership that integrates the unique abilities, strengths, and particular interests of its members to produce a meaningful set of studies on all aspects of satellite data quality. JACIE supports several of the Administration’s emphasis areas, such as the U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Policy, the United States Land Remote Sensing Policy, National Land Imaging Programs, the United States Group on Earth Observations (GEO), and the team members’ agency requirements, in terms of commercial government partnerships and building a foundation for acceptance and understanding of new technologies.

    The JACIE fosters growth in the use of remote sensing within DoD and civil agencies as well as the broader commercial marketplace. Remote sensing continues to produce new applications that improve our quality of life. With the strong climate of government reliance on data from commercial systems versus government owned and operated systems that the work of JACIE becomes extremely relevant.

    JACIE fills an important role in providing government users visibility and understanding of the many new sources of earth observing data. It has also allowed the industry partners to better understand the myriad needs of the federal government and potential uses for their data.

    The methodologies, techniques, and science used and developed by JACIE have application in evaluating many remote sensing technologies, such as optical satellite and airborne imagery, LIDAR, Hyperspectral, RADAR, and science techniques and applications. The JACIE team is continuing to evolve its characterization methodologies and is extending its calibration and validation work to future satellites and other technologies from the U.S. and around the world. Much of the work done by JACIE partners is new and directly supports many organizations science needs. The JACIE team is also currently supporting international satellite system characterization in support of a medium resolution Global Data Gap (i.e.; Landsat).


    When did JACIE begin?

    The annual Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) workshop event began in the year 2000 allowing partners from, NASA, NOAA, USDA, USGS, other Federal, State, Local government, academia, and industry, and guests from across the public and private sectors to work together. The JACIE workshop represents the U.S. government’s continuing commitment to remote sensing technology as an important tool in providing information to address critical science issues.




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