Challenges of UAV spatial sampling (Bolzano – Italy) – October 2016

The objective of the workshop was to bring together people with expertise about beam and imaging spectrometers for ecological analysis. The 2 approaches have advantages and disadvantages in the spectral and in the spatial domain. During the days of the workshop we will discuss these and design experiments for testing hypothesis on sampling designs. Experts of field spectrometry, UAV science, geostatistics and photogrammetry have been invited. During the workshop an experiment will be planned, executed and data will be processed.

The workshop is organized in 4 days. The first 2.5 are reserved to OPTIMISE members. Wednesday afternoon there will be talks (in Italian/German) for the public. The 4th day is dedicated to graduate students.


 Monday 17.10Tuesday 18.10Wednesday 19.10Thursday 20.10
MorningOPTIMISE - Experiment planningOPTIMISE - FieldOPTIMISE - discussionPhD Students' Day (UNIBZ)
AfternoonOPTIMISE - FieldOPTIMISE - data processingInvited talks (open to public)PhD Students' Day (UNIBZ)



the area for the experiments (46.567844, 11.291660).

Program OPTIMISE Workshop

Monday 17.10

9.00 – 12.00

Welcome: Enrico Tomelleri

Introduction to the participants: all

Introduction to OPTIMISE: Alasdair MacArthur

The piccolo system: Alasdair MacArthur

Discussion: planning of experiments

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch in the university canteen

Visit to the test site:

experiment 1: BRDFs from hyper spectral imagers

experiment 2: estimates of spatial variability with increasing spectral information

The MAIA system: Mario Gattelli

Tuesday 18.10

Organizing and Processing data

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch in the university canteen

Visit to the test site:

experiment 2: comparison of MAIA, Rikola and onboard spectrometers

experiment 3: repeatability of GPS flight plans

Wednesday 19.10

Processing of UAV data in IDL: Frank Veroustraete

Organizing and Processing data

Closing of the works: Alasdair MacArthur, Enrico Tomelleri

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch in the university canteen



participants during the experiments


an overview of the test site

Program Open UAV Event (19.10)


14.00 – 14.10 Opening, Enrico Tomelleri: EURAC

14.10 – 14.30 Aspekte der Flugplanung im Gebirge. Hannes Kleindienst: Grid-IT 

14.30 – 14.50 Acquisizione e analisi di dati multispettrali mediante sistemi UAV. Marco Dubbini: SAL Engineering

15.10 – 15.30 Von der UAV-Entwicklung zum praktischen Nutzen in der Wirtschaft. Michael Überbacher: Soleon/Alto Drones

15.30 – 16.00 Progetto SMILE: esperienze di monitoraggio con UAV in agricoltura di precisione. Gianluca Ristorto: Mavtech

16.00 – 16.30 Break

16.30 – 16.50 Applicazioni UAV per il Precision Farming. Beniamino Gioli: CNR

16.50 – 17.10 L’uso del drone per il rilevamento e il monitoraggio delle frane. Romy Schlögel: EURAC

17.10 – 17.30 Operazioni specializzate in ambienti estremi: problematiche operative per missioni con UAV. Giorgio Guglieri: Politecnico di Torino

17.30 – 17.50 Centro di Simulazione di Ambienti Estremi di EURAC Research: una facilty per futuri test di droni in zone montane. Andrea Vilardi: EURAC

17.50 – 18.10 discussion and conclusions

Venue: Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Room C2.02, Universitätplatz 1, 39100 Bozen/Bolzano Italy.

Link to Workshop Report: es1309_optimise_challenges_of_uav_spatial_sampling_report