Past Events

Best Student Awards

Best Oral presentation award:         Henri Debray (DLR): Do cities exist in all shapes and sizes? An EO based investigation

Best Poster-pitch video:                     Sahar Kamalou (K.N.Toosi University of Iran):  A novel approach for 3D point cloud de-noising while preserving sharp-features

Best student pitch:         Thomas Stark (TUM, DLR): Slum mapping in imbalanced remote sensing datasets using transfer learned deep features.

Best Poster:                     Nicolas Kraff (DLR): How dynamic are slums? EO-based assessment of Kibera’s morphologic transformation.

The JURSE 2017 best student papers awards were granted respectively to:

1st – Anil Armagan, “Semantic Segmentation for 3D localization in Urban Environments”.

2nd – Nicolas Audebert, “Fusion of Heterogeneous Data in Convolutional Networks for Urban Semantic Labeling”.

3rd – Marzena Wicht, “Urban ventilation corridors – performance evaluation using remotely sensed data”.

The JURSE 2015 best student papers awards were granted respectively to:

1st – Mitraka Zina, “Spectral Unmixing of urban landsat imagery by means of neural networks”

2nd – Voltersen Michael, “Expanding an urban structure type mapping approach from a sub area to the entire city of Berlin”

3rd – Krehbiel Cole, “Using Web-enabled Landsat data time series to analyze the impacts of urban areas on remotely sensed vegetation dynamics”

The JURSE 2013 best student papers awards were granted respectively to:

1st – Wen Liu,  “Building height detection from high-resolution TerraSAR-X imagery and GIS data”.

2nd – Simona Verde,  “Toward SAR coherence tomography for analysis of urban areas”.

3rd – Kanika Goel,  “Advanced stacking of TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X data in complex urban areas”.

The JURSE 2011 best student papers awards were granted respectively to:

1st – T.R. Tooke,  “Classification of residential building architectural typologies using LiDAR”

2nd – D. Reale. “A scatterers detection scheme in SAR tomography for reconstruction and monitoring of individual buildings”

3rd – Y. Wang. “Advanced coherence stacking technique using high resolution TerraSAR-X spotlight data”

4rd – H. Thuni. “Deformation monitoring from high-resolution SAR images in Shanghai Pudong areag. Land use/ land cover classification for applied urban planning – the challenge of automation

5rd – C. Geiss. “Comparison of selected impervious surface products derived from remote sensing data – A case study for the city of Munich”

6rd – P. Iervolino.  “A new local approach for flooding level estimation in urban areas using single SAR images”

7rd – S. Uhlman. “Polarimetric SAR images classification using collective network of binary classifiers”

8rd – X. Niu. “RADARSAT-2 polarimetric SAR data for urban land cover mapping using spatial-temporal SEM algorithm and mixture models”

9rd – PTB Brett. “Bright line detection in COSMO-SkyMed SAR images of urban areas”

10rd – L. Wei. “Deformation monitoring from high-resolution SAR images in Shanghai Pudong area”

Best Paper

The JURSE 2013 best presented paper award was given to Prof. Dr. Christopher Small, for his work under the title “Mapping urban structure and spatial connectivity with VIIRS and OLS night light imagery”.


  • Dr. Argyro Kavvada
  • Johnny Miller
  • Carlos H. Jaramillo
  • Xiaoxiang Zhu (German Aerospace Center (DLR))
  • Karen Seto (Yale University)
  • Florence Tupin (Université Paris-Saclay)
  • Peter Wonka (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)), “Encoding prior knowledge for Urban reconstruction.”
  • Qihao Weng (Indiana State University), ” Time series Image Analysis for Urbanization Studies”
  • Noel Gorelic (Google), “The Google Earth Engine“ 
  • Fabio Pacifici (DigitalGlobe Inc.), “An overview on the status of the geospatial industry and future perspectives”
  • Florent Lafarge (INRIA), “Urban reconstruction from the airborne data: how to combine semantics and geometry?”
  • Andrew J. Tatem (University of South Hampton), “Urban remote sensing in spatial epidemiology”
  • Hannes Taubenböck (German Aerospace Centre – DLR, Germany), “Quo vadis Urban Remote Sensing? – A critical discussion on the status quo of our community”
  • Surv. Eng. Peter Noble (Director of PSN Surveying, Sydney, Australia), “3D North Sydney Project – Urban mapping and modeling for local government administration”
  • Massimo Rumor (University of Padova | UNIP) “Remote Sensing for urban applications”
  • J. Benediktsson (University of Iceland), “Classification of urban remote sensing imagery based on mathematical morphology”
  • C. Elvidge (NOAA), “Change detection in satellite observed nighttime lights: 1992-2003.”
  • G. Hepner (ASPRS), “Trends in the U.S. Remote Sensing Industry Forecast – Implications for Urban Remote Sensing.”

Past Sepcial Issues of JURSE


The 15 papers in this special issue examine the use of remote sensing in urban locations. This research reflects the current status of the rapid urban growth and application of remote sensing to address these challenges. Urban growth models predict rapid increases in extent and populations all over the world. It is anticipated that over two-thirds of the population will live in cities by 2050. The fastest growing cities in the world are in the developing countries where the infrastructure growth has not been matching the urban growth thereby creating a range of socio-economic issues. In developed countries, urban monitoring mainly consists in tracking more subtle changes and densification within cities. In both cases, poorly planned urbanization can lead to greater risks to the quality of life and thereby significant economic risks.
The article is published here: JURSE 2017


The 28 papers in this special issue present a collection of papers focusing on the application of remote sensing to urban areas.
The article is published here: JURSE 2015
The article is published here: JURSE 2013


This special issue follows the very successful series of the Joint Urban Remote Sensing Events (JURSE), held every two years since 2005. The possibility to jointly use optical and radar VHR data, as well as different sensors from the same or related airborne and spaceborne platforms, at a level which may be regional or global according to the situation, open the path for more researches oriented to the analysis of multiple data for urban monitoring at different geographical scales. Submitted and selected papers include works on land cover/land use mapping using SAR and/or optical data in urban areas, monitoring land cover/land use and environmental changes in urban areas, change detection/feature extraction/data fusion for urban scene interpretation, human settlement monitoring and change modeling using remotely sensed data. They show recent research trends, and highlight primary keys to the future of urban remote sensing.
The article is published here: JURSE 2011


This special issue follows the one in June 2008 and is related to the very successful series of the Joint Urban Remote Sensing Events, held every two years since 2005. Remote sensing of urban areas is at the moment facing a rapid development, due to the increasing amount of High Resolution (UR) and Very High Resolution VHR (VHR) data in both the optical/IR and microwave regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. On a global scale, human settlements have always been the focus of interest, but only in these days there starts to be an interest in mapping and monitoring even small and informal ones by satellites. Coherently, urban area mapping is moving from basic land cover to more complex land use maps, and human settlement environmental monitoring is committed to a more and more integrated use of remote sensing and in situ data. By presenting excellent papers on these subjects, this special issue tries and provides an overview of the state-of-the-art in this interesting field of applied earth observation and remote sensing.
The article is published here: JURSE 2009