Cost Action 3DForEcoTech

We would like to inform you about the Cost Action 3DForEcoTech. Within this Cost Action and specifically within WG3, a database that comprises, describes, and analyses algorithms for detailed point cloud processing in forest environments will be generated.
We are aiming at algorithms, implementations, tools, libraries, packages, or software:
  1. Publicly available, although not necessarily free nor open source
  2. Able to deal with close-range point clouds (UAV and/or ground-based photogrammetric and/or laser scanning point clouds)
  3. Focused on the automation or simplification of problems related to forest inventory and/or forest ecology at stand/plot level
Please, use the following form to let us know some basic information about your algorithm/implementation:

SilviLaser 2023

We are pleased to announce that Phil Wilkes and Mathias Disney from UCL / London will be the hosts of SilviLaser 2023. An initial newsletter from them will be sent out soon. A big thank you to the UCL team for organizing the SilviLaser 2023 conference in London!

Book your rooms now!

Dear SilviLaser Community, we can finally provide you the link with which you can book your hotel room in the conference venue (Hotel InterContinental) for a special conference rate.

Click here to book your hotel room.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Silvilaser2021 in Vienna!

Explore Vienna

Besides the SilviLaser there are a lot of gems to discover in this beautiful city. If you want to visit a concert or you are looking for a nice restaurant or bar – this digital tour guide lists the latest events, exhibitions and must-sees of the city of Vienna. It also provides you with the latest updates on the Covid19-regulations and offers much more information about Vienna:

Vienna Logo

Enjoy your stay!

Newsletter August 2021

Dear SilviLaser community!

One month to go until the SilviLaser conference will take place in Austria. With this newsletter, we would like to inform you about the latest news of the SilviLaser conference in Vienna.

Conference venue
As some of you have already heard, the original conference hotel has cancelled our contract because their parent company has decided not to open the hotel until later this year for economic reasons. Unfortunately, the hotel sent a confusing email to some of you, which was not agreed with us and does not correspond to reality.
However, we have found a great alternative conference hotel and are happy to announce that the SilviLaser 2021 conference will be held at the InterContinental Vienna. The link link to book discounted rooms will be available soon.

Conference format
The conference will be held as a hybrid conference, i.e. presentations can be given on-site as well as remotely. As several colleagues are in different time zones, all presentations will be recorded and as registered conference participants, you will have the possibility to stream these presentations until the end of October 2021 via the conference platform. This platform also allows you to communicate with all conference participants and sponsors, whether they are virtually or physically present. Hence, we can guarantee the best possible interaction of on-site and virtual participants.
Regarding the programme, we will schedule the keynote presentations in the middle of the day so that all conference participants in the different time zones can follow and discuss the presentations live. For those presenting remotely, we will do our best to take their local time zone into account when preparing the programme.

As already announced in previous newsletters, the SilviLaser conference will include a benchmark where different sensors will be used to measure forest parameters. The resulting data set will be freely available to the community after the SilviLaser. More details on the benchmark can be found on our website. Here you will also soon find an overview of the exhibiting companies.
From today’s point of view, ~15 companies/institutions will demonstrate their latest instruments or recording methods live. During the two planned benchmark excursion days, you will have the opportunity to see these instruments in action and to discuss details directly with the manufacturers. You can still register for the excursions to the benchmark as well as for the active participation in the benchmark.

Conference dinner
The conference dinner will take place in the historic Vienna City Hall. In addition to the historical flair of Vienna and the excellent food, we have prepared a musical surprise for you. Registration for the conference dinner is still possible.

Many of you have already registered for the conference, with about 60% choosing to attend on-site so far. If you are unable to come to Vienna for whatever reason, we would be very happy to have you attend remotely. I would like to remind all presenting authors that they have to register at least for the remote conference participation. Register here!

Presentation formats
The guidelines for both oral and pico presentations are being finalised and will be available on the Silvilaser homepage very soon. We will also send an email to all corresponding authors.

Special issue
I would also like to announce that the special issue in the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (JAG) is open for submissions. Details can be found here.
The special issue primarily aims to publish extended versions of selected papers presented at the SilviLaser 2021 conference, but also new submissions on the related topics may also be considered.
Covid19 update
As Covid19 is still a world-wide issue we want to assure you that all possible safety and hygienic measurements will be carried out during the whole conference duration and might be adapted if governmental restrictions will be changed.
Please note that for almost all public indoor and some outdoor spaces (hotels, restaurants, events etc.), you will need to show either a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination/past infection and that face masks are required on public transport and in other public indoor spaces.
You can find more information regarding Austrian regulations here.
For detailed travel information and potential restrictions of your home country please visit the local governmental pages.

The organizing committee is looking forward to welcoming you in Vienna, or at least virtually.

Kind regards,
Markus Hollaus
(Chair of the organizing committee)

Registration reminder

This is just a quick reminder about our early bird registration deadline, which is on 15 August 2021 (extended from 8 August 2021). To get the early bird rate, please register in time, details can be found here.

To get the early bird rate, the date of registration is relevant, not the date of payment.

Newsletter July 2021

Dear SilviLaser community!

The organizing of the conference is making great progress and we are pleased to announce that the registration is now open! For all the registration details and the registration form, please click here.
For the organizing team it would be very helpful if you could register as soon as possible, so that we can concretize the planning also with regard to the Covid pandemic safety requirements.
During registration, you can choose to register for the conference dinner, which will take place in the historic city hall of Vienna and you can also register for one or both of the benchmark excursion days.

High quality abstracts and keynotes
In total, 125 abstracts were submitted to the SilviLaser conference. The review process will be finished soon and the authors will be informed in the next days. In addition, we have fixed 7 keynote speakers covering a wide range of the SilviLaser topics.
When creating the programme, we try to take into account the different time zones of the remote participants as much as possible. On the registration platform you can find a preliminary programme of the SilviLaser conference.
Additionally, the first sponsors are fixed. They will demonstrate their equipment/sensors during the benchmark excursions but also during the conference.

Hybrid conference
The Silvilaser 2021 will be held as hybrid conference allowing physical and remote participations. To connect the physical participants with the remote ones we use B2Match as communication platform. The platform will contain the detailed program with all the streaming links for the sessions. Additionally, it will allow all participates to present themselves with a personal profile and to get in contact with each other via 1:1 video meetings that can be freely arranged.

As already mentioned in previous newsletters and on the SilviLaser website, we organize a benchmark where different companies/institutions can test their sensors/equipment. In-situ reference data will be acquired in September 2021. The acquired data will be openly accessible for the community. For preparing UAV flights, we will provide a high precision ALS data set covering the study areas. The ALS data set was created by Riegl using a VQ-1560 II-S. Further details about the benchmark and about possible contributions can be found here.

Special issue
I would also like to announce that the special issue in the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (JAG) is open for submissions already. Details can be found on this page of the publisher.
The special issue primarily aims to publish extended versions of selected papers presented at the SilviLaser 2021 conference, but also new submissions also be considered.

The organizing committee is looking forward to welcoming you in Vienna, or at least virtually.

Kind regards,
Markus Hollaus
(Chair of the Organizing Committee)