Semester Offering: August

The course aims at providing RS/GIS and Computer Mapping Technology (CMT) to students with an insight into both academic knowledge and practical skills at the entry level, and further aims at preparing students for more in-depth training in mapping technology and digital photogrammetry.


Fundamentals concepts of cartography. Earth model. Coordinate transformation. Map projections. Map scales. Map generalization and map design. New mapping technologies. GPS. INS. Laser range scanning. Mobile mapping.




I Introduction
1. Overview and History
2. Concepts of Cartography
3. Automated Mapping
4. Real-time Mapping

II Fundamentals of Cartography
1. Shape of the Earth
2. Coordinate Systems
5. Map Projection
6. Map Scale
7. Map Generalization
8. Classification of Maps

III RTK-GPS and INS for Real Time Positioning
1. WGS 84 Coordinate System
2. Real Time Positioning by RTK-GPS
3. Real Time Measurement by INS
4. Hardware and Software

IV Laser Range Scanning
1. Principles
2. Airborne Laser Range Scanner
3. Mobile/ Ground based Laser Range Scanner
4. Range Image Generation
5. Range Image Processing

V Mobile Mapping
1. System Arrangement and Sensor Calibration
2. Image Sequence Processing
3. Recognition of Road Center/Boundary Lines
4. Recognition of Road Signs
5. Reconstruction of Man-made Structures around Roads

VI Map Design and Output
1. 2D/3D Symbol Design
2. Color Design
3. Map Output
4. VR and 3D Map Output


Lecture Notes


R. W. Anson:
Basic Cartography, Elsevier Applied Science Publishers, 1984.
P.A. Burrough:
Principles of Geographical Information Systems for Land Resources Assessment, Oxford Science Publications, 1986.
Steve Dye and Frank:
The GPS Manual, Baylin Publications, 1997.
Gregory T. French:
Understanding the GPS, Georeasearch Publications, 1997.
R. Li and S. Murai:
Proceedings of International Workshop on Mobile Mapping Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, 1999.
P.A. Longley
Geographical Information Systems (Vol.I and Vol.II), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1999.
A. H. Robinson
Elements of Cartography, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1984.


GIS World
International Journal of GIS (IGU)
GPS World
Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
International Journal of ISPRS (ISPRS)
The Journal of Survey (JAS)




The Final grade will be computed according to the following weight distribution: Mid-Semester Exam 30%; Final Exam 50%; Assignments/Projects 20%. Closed-book examinations are usually given both in the mid-semester and final exams.