Prof.dr.ir. R.F. Hanssen
Ramon Hanssen is Antoni van Leeuwenhoek professor in Earth Observation. He studied aerospace engineering and geodetic engineering at Delft University of Technology (M.Sc. 1993). In 1994, he worked as a researcher on potential field data inversion at the International Institute for Aerospace Surveys and Earth Sciences (ITC). In 1995, he started his PhD research at the Delft Institute for Earth-Oriented Space research (DEOS) of Delft University of Technology on the geodetic analysis of repeat-pass spaceborne radar interferometry, with emphasis on error propagation. During this research, he worked as a visiting scholar at Stuttgart University (1996), at the German Aerospace Center (DLR, 1997) and at Stanford University (1997-1998) on a Fulbright research fellowship. In 2001 he received the PhD degree (cum laude) of TU Delft. At present, he is working in the field of radar remote sensing and geostatistics at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft. His current research interests are the geodetic analysis of imaging remote sensing data, the influence of atmospheric delay on space-geodetic techniques, and the mathematical modeling and physical interpretation of deformation processes. In 2001, he published a text book on Satellite Radar Interferometry, which is well recognized in the scientific community. He received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1997, the Innovational Research Award (Vernieuwingsimpuls) from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Bomford Prize of the International Association of Geodesy in 2003. In 2007 he was a visiting scholar at the Nordic Volcanological Institute of the University of Iceland. In 2008 he was awarded the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek chair of Delft University of Technology. In 2007 and 2008 he received the SBIR award from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs for founding a TU Delft spin-off company for radar remote sensing and monitoring of water defense works, Hansje Brinker. Hanssen is leading the section Mathematical Geodesy and Positioning as well as the department of Remote Sensing.
Dr. Masanobu Shimada
Dr. Shimada is an ALOS Science Manager at the Earth Observation Research Center (EORC), which is part of the Office of Space Applications at JAXA, and a Doctor of Engineering.
He graduated from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Kyoto University in 1977, and received an M.Eng. from the university in 1979. In the same year, he joined the National Space Development Agency of Japan (now part of JAXA).
Since then, Dr. Shimada has worked on the development of microwave scatterometers at the Tsukuba Space Center, ground facility development for the JERS-1 satellite, and SAR applications research at EORC. He conducted research on accurate measurement of backscattering coefficient, and received a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 1999. Dr. Shimada is a member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, a Director of the Remote Sensing Society of Japan, and a Visiting Professor of Tokai University.
He specializes in microwave remote sensing, SAR processing, interferometric SAR, and analysis of alternating polarization SAR.
Prof. C.K. Shum
C.K. Shum is a Professor of Geodetic Science at the School of Earth Sciences, and a Distinguished University Scholar at The Ohio State University. He and his research group focus on the research relating to the accurate measurements of present-day sea-level rise and to the improved understanding of the geophysical causes of its rise, including anthropogenic climate-change. They also work on research in satellite geodesy, temporal gravity field and tide modeling, satellite oceanography, hydrology and geodynamics, ice mass balance, precision satellite orbit determination, GNSS meteorology, planetary geodesy, and space physics. He has published more than 170 journal papers, received a number of awards from NASA, Ohio State University and other agencies. He was a Lead Author in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC)'s Fourth Assessment Report, which contributed to the joint award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to IPCC and Al Gore, Jr. He is a Fellow of the International Association of Geodesy, and President of IAG's Advanced Space Technology Section, 1999-2003. His work was covered by New York Times, Physics Today, Sky & Telescope Radio Show, Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science TV, Science News, Science Daily, Scientific American, Soundings magazine, Deccan Chronicle, La Figaro, MSNBC.com, Tomorrow Focus Portal GmbH, Axel Springer AG, Television Espanola, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Zurich, Columbus Dispatch, and other news organizations.
Prof. Yong-qi Chen
Prof. Chen Yongqi is a Professor Emeritus and Visiting Chair Professor in the Department of Land Surveying and Geoinformatics, the HK Polytechnic University. Before he retried in 2009, he was Chair Professor in the department since 1994 when he joined the HK PolyU. His research interest includes deformation monitoring, engineering surveys, geodesy, hydrographic surveys, data processing and analysis, and lunar mapping.
Prof. Werner Lienhart
Werner Lienhart received a Masters degree in Surveying from Graz University of Technology in 2001. Following his studies he was university assistant for five years at the Institute of Engineering Geodesy and Measurement Systems at Graz University of Technology. At this position he was involved in various monitoring projects including internal and external sensors. In 2006 he received a PhD degree in Surveying from Graz University of Technology. In the same year he joined the product management group at Leica Geosystems at the headquarter in Switzerland. At Leica he was responsible for the development of the Galileo and GPS L5 capable receivers and the Leica imaging total stations. His current position is Head of the Institute of Engineering Geodesy and Measurement System at Graz University of Technology.
Prof. Yuanxi Yang
Yuanxi Yang is Professor of Geodesy and Navigation at both of Xian Research Institute of Surveying and Mapping and China National Administration of GNSS and Application (CNAGA). He received his S.B and S.M in Geodesy from Zhengzhou Institute of Surveying and Mapping in 1980 and 1987, and the Ph.D in Geodesy from Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, the Chinese Academy of Science, in 1991. He has published two monographs, three coauthored monographs and more than 200 papers. His main research field includes geodetic data processing, navigation and geodetic coordinate system etc. In 2007, he was honored as an ¡§Academic Member of Chinese Academy of Science¡¨.