Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE)

“The biennial international Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE) is a forum of excellence where researchers, practitioners and students present, share and discuss their latest findings and results on urban areas. Both, methodical as well as thematic aspects will be discussed. The aim of the conference is to promote new topics, from new sensors to new applications.”

Next Events

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Papers Submission Deadline:  9 December 2022 (updated)


2022 – Online Lounge, Medellin, Colombia

2019 – Vannes, France

2017 – Dubai, VAE

2015 – Lausanne, Switzerland

2013 – Sao Paulo, Brazil

2011 – Munich, Germany

2009 – Shanghai, China

2007 – Paris, France

2005 – Tempe, USA

2003 – Berlin, Germany (Urban)

2003 – Regensburg, Germany (URS)

2002 – Istanbul, Turkey (URS)

2001 – Rome, Italy (Urban)

1997 – Regensburg, Germany (URS)

Scope and Topics

JURSE is a forum of excellence where researchers, practitioners and students present, share and discuss their latest findings and results. This event is committed to introduce innovative methodologies and technological resources recently employed to investigate the manifold aspects of the urban environment through orbital and airborne remote sensing data. Emerging topics like new methods for urban land cover and land use classification with detailed discrimination of urban targets, 3D modeling of urban buildings, forecast and impact assessment of natural and man-made hazards in urban areas, urban social studies, urban ecology, urban climatology as well as data fusion, algorithms and techniques for remotely sensed data interpretation, and multisource remote sensing data will be approached.

Objectives of JURSE

  • gathering people coming from academia, industry, local and national/international agencies together to discuss topics related to remote sensing for urban monitoring;
  • fostering the research and the applications of available data sets over urban areas, with a special consideration for high resolution satellite data and data fusion;
  • providing new ideas for developing sensors and/or systems able to analyse and monitor urban areas;
  • improving the knowledge and the know-how by means of the interaction of researchers coming from different communities (photogrammetry,signal processing, computer vision, geomatics, data science, town and regional planning, geology, hydrology, climatology, ecology, etc) in this truly interdisciplinary field.

Chairs of JURSE

Devis Tuia

Wageningen University & Research

Devis Tuia received the Ph.D in environmental sciences at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2009. He was a  Postdoc at the University of València, the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO and EPFL Lausanne. Between 2014 and 2017, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich.

He is now Full Professor at the GeoInformation Science and Remote Sensing Laboratory at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He is interested in algorithms for information extraction and data fusion of geospatial data (including remote sensing) using machine learning and computer vision.

He serves as Associate Editor for IEEE TGRS and the Journal of the ISPRS.

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Hannes Taubenböck

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Hannes Taubenböck received the Diploma degree in geography from the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany, in 2004 and the Ph.D. degree (Dr.rer.nat.) in geography from the Julius-Maximilian’s University of Würzburg, Germany, in 2008.

For his PhD he joined the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Weßling, Germany in 2005. He did a postdoctoral research phase with the University of Würzburg (2007–2010) where he has been teaching ever since. He returned to DLR-DFD as a scientific employee. Since 2013 he leads the research team “City and Society” focusing on urban remote sensing topics, from the development of classification algorithms to thematic approaches towards new findings in urban geography.

Monika Kuffer

University of Twente / ITC

Monika Kuffer received her PhD degree (cum laude) from the University of Twente, her MSc in Human Geographer from the TU Munich (Germany) and another MSc in Geographic Information Science from the University of London. Presently, she is working as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente (Enschede, NL), Department Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management.

Her main research foci are urban remotes sensing, in particular the monitoring of deprived areas (e.g., slums, informal settlements) as well as analyzing the urban form and dynamics with remote sensing, spatial statistics and spatial metrics. Her research is driven by the aim to provide spatial information to support planning and decision-making processes in complex cities, in particular of the Global South, to steer urban development towards more inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities.

Clément Mallet

Univ. Paris est, IGN-ENSG

Clément Mallet received the Ph.D in image and signal processing at Telecom ParisTech, France in 2010 and the Habilitation in Geographic Information Sciences at the University Paris Est, France, in 2016. He is a permanent researcher in the LaSTIG lab. of IGN, the French National Institute for Geographic and Forestry Information, since 2005. He is interested in geospatial computer vision, the field in-between machine learning, remote sensing, computer vision, and spatial analysis, with an emphasis in the dynamics of urban and natural territories. He serves as Associate Editor for the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing.

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History of JURSE

It started in 1997 in Regensburg with a national (DGPF) workshop „Remote sensing in urban areas“ with about 40 mostly German participants. Due to rapidly increasing urbanization on the one hand and increasing number of VHR satellite data, Carsten Jürgens came up with the idea of organizing an international symposuim on this topic. He was convinced that this topic needs a special conference format to discuss with international colleagues. Counting the national workshop as number one event, consequently the 2nd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Urban and Suburban Areas was held 2001 in Regensburg. Regarding the relevance of the topic, around 130 international participants convened in Regensburg. Due to the great success, his colleague and friend Derya Maktav hosted the 3rd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Urban and Suburban Areas in Istanbul in 2002 to continue the discussions. An even greater success with a larger number of participants led to the decision to host the 4th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Urban and Suburban Areas in Regensburg in 2003 again.

In parallel Paolo Gamba organized the GRSS/ISPRS Joint workshop on Remote sensing and data fusion over urban areas (URBAN) held in Rome (2001). A follow-up successful workshop took place in Berlin in 2003.

From 2005 onwards the two urban remote sensing conferences were fused together as two tracks of the newly established Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE) for the benefit of the participants. The former International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Urban and Suburban Areas was renamed to be the track „Urban Remote Sensing (URS) and the former Remote sensing and data fusion over urban areas (URBAN). JURSE conferences with the two tracks URS and URBAN were then held on a regular biannual cycle in Tempe, USA (2005), Paris, France (2007), Shanghai, China (2009), Munich, Germany (2011), Sao Paulo, Brazil (2013), Lausanne, Switzerland (2015), Dubai, VAE (2017) and Vannes, France (2019). The idea of this cycle is to have the conference every four years in Europe and in between in the other continents, to encourage participation with small travel budgets for participants from those continents.

What is missing until today is a conference on the continents Africa and Austalia. The community already convened in Asia, North- and South America, Europe.

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