Analog/digital image processing of historical aerial imagery in the Italian National Photographic Aerial Archive (AFN-ICCD)

Analog/digital image processing of historical aerial imagery in the Italian National Photographic Aerial Archive (AFN-ICCD)

3 - 4 June 2019 (IGN headquarters | 73, Avenue de Paris, 94165 Saint-Mandé, France) . More and more countries have digitized or are currently digitizing their archives of aerial images. They are a unique and relatively unexplored means to chronicle land-cover information over the past 100 years with very high spatial resolution. Such data provide a relatively dense temporal sampling of the territories. 3D information can even be retrieved since many surveys were performed under photogrammetric conditions. Therefore, both long-term environmental monitoring studies and historical object detection can be based on the analysis of these very rich time series of images.

We have noticed in the last years an increasing number of scientific papers processing historical airborne images in parallel to an increasing effort of local and national mapping authorities for creating the most complete archives. In a timely manner, it appears necessary to evaluate the current status of the archive digitization process in Europe (from geoferencing to distribution policies) as well as to review current application fields.

You are invited to join this EuroSDR event at IGN in Paris, France. Presentations will be made by representatives from industry, NMCAs and academia.  

If you have any questions, or would like to present your activities within this field, please contact Clément Mallet (Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.) or Sébastien Giordano (Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.).

Preliminary program

Day 1 - June 3rd, 2019


Lunch and registration


Welcome address and introduction to EuroSDR

Session 1: The process of digitizing and archiving


Archiving of historical aerial images: current status in Europe 

Sébastien Giordano & Clement Mallet - IGN (France)


The digital transformation of the National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP): achievements to-date & next stage

Allan Williams - National Collection of Aerial Photography (UK)


Preservation and digitizing of historical aerial images in Norway

Hardy Buller - Norwegian Mapping Authority (Norway)


Coffee/tea break

Session 2:  Archiving and geoprocessing 


Analog/digital image processing of historical aerial imagery in the Italian National Photographic Aerial Archive (AFN-ICCD)

Elizabeth J. Shepherd - AFN (Italy)


Tracasa feedback on scanning and orthophoto generation

Víctor García Morales - Tracasa (Spain)


Making it digital - Processing the aerial image archive of Sweden

Anders Bygren & Emma Hedqvist - Swedish Mapping Authority (Sweden)


The digitization of IGN’s photo/cartographic archives and the web service “Remonter le temps” (“Go back in time”)

Philippe Truquin - IGN (France)


Coffee/tea break

Session 3: R&D in geoprocessing historical images


Towards fully automatic orthophoto & DSM generation

Arnaud Le Bris & Sébastien Giordano - IGN (France)


Machine learning methods applied to WWII aerial images

Emre Ozdemir - FBK Trento (Italy)


Experiences with processing and co-registration of archival image datasets

Maria-Valasia Peppa & Lesley Davidson - Newcastle University (UK)


Closure of meeting day 1


Get-together dinner

 Day 2 - June 4th, 2019

Session 4: Geoprocessing and use cases


Historical orthophoto of Prague 1945

Patrik Meixner - Primis (Czech Republic)


Historical aerial images of Czechia - archiving and applications in landscape studies

Petr Dušánek - Land Survey office (Czech Republic) & Markéta Potůčková, Jindřich Hodač - Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic)


3D Glacier monitoring with historical aerial images - from 1953 to today

Daniela Poli, Markus Strudl, Kjersti Moe - AVT (Austria) & Christian Casarotto - MUSE (Italy)


Historical Digital Ortho of entire Lombardia region 

Patrik Meixner - Primis (Czech Republic)


Coffee/tea break

Session 5: R&D in geoprocessing historical images


Marked point processes for the automatic detection of bomb craters in aerial wartime images

Christian Kruse - Hannover University (Germany)


Automatic land cover reconstruction from historical aerial images: an evaluation of features extraction and classification algorithms

Rémi Ratajczak - LIRIS (France)


Automatic orientation of terrestrial and aerial archival images

Sebastian Flöry - TU Vienna (Austria)


Wrap up discussions / Recommendations for further work


End of meeting / Lunch

Refreshments (coffee, lunch) are included in the registration cost. On the evening of Monday 3rd June, all participants are invited to join a complementary social dinner (venue TBC).

The event will have a small registration fee of €25 for students (undergraduate, masters and PhDs) / retirees and €50 for full delegates. 

Registration will close on 24th May 2019.

You can pay by 
- bank transfer: you will receive the payment details after registration
- invoice: please fill in the invoice details (VAT/PO number and billing address) into the registration form below

IGN headquarter
73, Avenue de Paris
94165 Saint-Mandé

An overview of hotels near IGN France can be found here.

Organized by
Sébastien Giordano (IGN France)
Clément Mallet (IGN France)
Fabio Remondino (FBK Trento, Italy)
Jon Arne Trollvik (NMA Norway)



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