GIS/MEA 584:
Mapping and Analysis Using UAS

Schedule and links to material

  • Schedule will be adjusted as needed during the semester.
Week Lecture/Assignment Topic and Project Tasks Assignment due date
January 10-14 Introduction to the course Topic 1: UAS basics
A. Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • listen to the lectures,
  • assignment 1A: prepare presentation on UAS applications,
1A (presentation) due Jan 24th
January 17-21 Martin Luther King day - no classes
January 24-28 UAS Rules and Regulations Topic 1: B. Rules and regulations for UAS operations
  • listen to the lectures,
  • assignment 1B: UAS Rule Part 107 test subset
1B (test subset) due Jan 31st
Jan 31 - Feb 4 Topic 2: Structure from Motion
A. From images to 3D models: Photogrammetry and Structure from Motion concepts
  • Listen to the lecture
  • assignment 2A: 3D models from indoor photos

Project: Submit proposal
2A will be due Feb 28th (together with 2B)
Project proposal due Feb 7th
Feb 7 - 11 Topic 3: UAS flight planning
  • Listen to the lecture and Intro to flight planning Project: Start data acquisition
Assignment 3 due Feb 14th
Feb 14 - 16 Topic 3: UAS flight planning UAS FLIGHT on Monday February 14th at 1:30pm
Feb 21 - 25 Topic 2: Structure from Motion B. UAS Imagery processing
  • Listen to the lectures and intro to the assignment
Assignment 2 (A and B) due Feb 28th
Feb 28 - Mar 4

Topic 4: GIS analytics
A. Analysis of UAS data processing results

  • Listen to the lectures
4A and B due Mar 21st
Mar 7 - Mar 11

Topic 4: GIS analytics
B. Point cloud data analysis: point clouds, surfaces, and voxel models

  • Listen to the lectures
Project: finalize data acquisition, data processing
4A and B due Mar 21st
Mar 14 - Mar 18 Spring break - no classes
Mar 21 - 25

Topic 5: Advanced analytics
A. UAS and lidar data: comparison, fusion and analysis

  • Listen to the lectures
5A and B due April 11th
Mar 28 - April 1 Midterm (questions posted March 28th)
  • Handled by Moodle, no on-campus presence is needed Questions with instructions will be provided through Moodle Announcement on Monday, March 28th around noon
  • Answers are due on Friday, April 1 at 11.45 pm, uploaded to Moodle (see Moodle Midterm section) as a PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Exam.pdf
  • Include Project progress report into your Answers document (the report is not graded but is required)
Midterm answers due April 1st
April 4 - 8

Topic 5: Advanced analytics
B. Analysis of multitemporal UAS data and its applications

  • Listen to the lectures
Project: analysis of the results, preparing presentation and paper
Project presentation and paper requirements, final project titles
5A and B due April 11th
April 11 -15

Topic 6: Imagery analysis

  • Listen to the lectures
Assignment 6 due April 18th
April 18 - 22 Working on final project Project presentation due April 25th, project paper due April 29th
April 25 Project presentations (See the requirements and project titles)
  • DE students: record your presentation (recordings also due April 25th),
    • use: Open Broadcaster Software (tutorial), MS Powerpoint, Libre Office, or any other software with similar recording functionality.
    • Upload the presentation to Moodle or, if the file is too big, upload your file to Google drive and share it with the instructor. Please keep the presentation to 10 minutes and name your file LastnameFirstname_Presentation.avi, LastnameFirstname_Presentation.pptx (or whatever format you use).
  • Finish project paper and upload it to Moodle as a pdf file LastnameFirstname_Paper.pdf
    For archiving purposes also submit a complete course work in a ZIP file
    • the ZIP file should include: project paper, presentation slides and all homework papers
    • Upload your work as a single ZIP file LastnameFirstname.zip to your Google drive and share it with the instructor.
Project paper due April 29th

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