Director: Alper Yilmaz, PhD
Dr. Yilmaz is Professor of Geo-Informatics at The Ohio State University. He is a senior member of IEEE and an active member of ASPRS and ISPRS. Dr. Yilmaz is currently chairing the ISPRS Working Group 5 of Technical Commission II on Dynamic Scene Understanding. He is serving as Editor-In-Chief for the Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing Journal. He has served as Associate Editor for the Computer Vision and Image Understanding Journal between 2014 and 2016 and the Machine Vision and Applications Journal between 2006 and 2011.
Dr. Yilmaz’s research focusses on biomimetic navigation systems for unmanned systems, mining anomalies in multi-physics and multi-dimensional data for surveillance, and learning geospatial information for scene understanding. On these topics, he has organized a number of conferences in the fields of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Computer Vision. Dr. Yilmaz’s research has received over $11M in extramural funding from NASA, NSF, DOD, DOE and industry which resulted in over 180 publications and patents that received over 11,000 citations (according to Google Scholar).
Dr. Yilmaz has been awarded the Innovator of Year (OSU) in 2020, Presidential citation in 2019 from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, honorable mention for the Masao Horiba Award (Japan) in 2016, the Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award (OSU) in 2015, and the Lumley Research Award (OSU) in 2012. He has advised 22 PhD and 15 M.Sc. students to completion on topics ranging from object tracking, 3D scene recovery, machine learning to data mining who have found position in prominent academic institutions, industry, and the government.