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Paper written by civil engineer and ECE professor earns accolades

A paper on airborne light detection and ranging (LIDAR) for airport construction authored by McFarland-Bascom Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Robert Nowak and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist Chris Parrish has received two awards from the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. The paper earned the 2012 Talbert Abrams Award and the third-place 2012 ERDAS Award for Best Scientific Paper in Remote Sensing. The paper tackles a civil engineering problem—inaccurate mapping data for future airport construction sites—and applies modern filtering techniques Novak developed to better use LIDAR data in construction planning. 

Mark Riechers