Assoc Professor Chunsun Zhang

Position

Associate Professor

School /
Work Unit

School of Engineering

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 2208

chunsun.zhang@rmit.edu.au

Location

Building: 010
Level: 09
Room: 003

City campus

College/Portfolio

Science, Engineering and Health

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Engineering, Liaoning Technical University, China
  • Master of Engineering, Liaoning Technical University, China
  • Dr. sc. techn., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland

Areas of expertise

  • Airborne and Spaceborne Photogrammetry, Advanced Geospatial Imaging, LiDAR, Geomatics

Selected honours and awards

  • Silver Medal of the ETH Zurich (the highest award for Ph. D dissertation), 2004
  • NASA Travel Grant, 2007

Professional societies and affiliations

  • Member of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Co-Chair of Working Group III/V, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • Member of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), UK
  • Member of International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)

Research overview

Research activities

  • Airborne and spaceborne sensor calibration and orientation modeling
  • Photogrammetric computer vision and image analysis
  • Geospatial object detection, reconstruction and modeling
  • Infrastructure assessment and monitoring

Recent research grants

  • Research Leader CRCSI Project 2.02, Feature extraction from multi-source airborne and space-borne imaging and ranging data
  • 1st Chief Investigator, Monitoring the condition of unpaved roads with remote sensing and other technology. US Department of Transportation
  • 1st Chief Investigator, High-resolution satellite imagery for tectonic deformation modeling. USGS
  • Chief Investigator, Web-enabled Landsat data (WELD) – a consistent seamless near real time MODIS-Landsat data fusion for the terrestrial user community. NASA
  • Chief Investigator, Synergistic analyses of data from active and passive sensors to assess relationships between spatial heterogeneity of tropical forest structure and biodiversity dynamics. NASA
  • Chief Investigator, A systemic radiometric calibration approach for LDCM and the Landsat archive. NASA/USGS

Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Parmehr, E.G., Fraser, C.S., Zhang, C., Leach, J., 2013. Automatic registration of optical imagery with 3D LiDAR data using statistical similarity. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, in press.
  • Awrangjeb, M., Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2012. Effective Separation of Buildings from Trees for Improved Building Detection. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. Vol.78(7):729-745.
  • Zhang, C., Elaksher, A., 2011. An unmanned aerial vehicle-based imaging system for 3D measurement of unpaved road surface distresses. Computer-aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. Vol. 27(2): 118–129.
  • Liu, S., Fraser, C., Zhang, C., Ravanbakhsh, M., Tong, X., 2011. Georeferencing performance of THEOS imagery. Photogrammetric Record. 26(134):250-262.
  • Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2010. An improved approach for DSM generation from high-resolution satellite imagery. Journal of Spatial Science. Vol. 54 (2): 1-14.
  • Roy, D.P., Ju, J., Kline, K., Scaramuzza, P.L., Kovalskyy, V., Hansen, M.C., Loveland, T.R., Vermote, E.F., Zhang, C., 2010, Web-enabled Landsat Data (WELD): Landsat ETM+ composited mosaics of the conterminous United States, Remote Sensing of Environment, 114: 35-49.
  • Poon, J., Fraser, C.S., Zhang, C., 2007. Digital surface models from high resolution satellite imagery. PhotogrammetricEngineering and Remote Sensing, 73(21): 1225-1232.
  • Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2007. Automated registration of high resolution satellite images. Photogrammetric Record. 22(117):1-13.
  • Poon, J., Fraser, C.S., Zhang, C., Zhang, L., Gruen, A., 2005. Quality assessment of digital surface models generated from IKONOS imagery. Photogrammetric Record, 20(110):162-171.
  • Baltsavias, E.P., Zhang, C., 2005. Automated updating of road databases from aerial images. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 6(3-4):199-213.
  • Zhang, C., 2003. Towards an operational system for automated updating of road databases by integration of imagery and geodata. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 58(3-4): 166-186.
  • Zhang, C., Baltsavias, E.P., Gruen, A., 2001. Knowledge-based image analysis for 3D road reconstruction. Asian Journal of Geoinformatics, 1 (4): 3-14.
  • Zhang, C., Murai S., Baltsavias, E.P., 1999. Road network detection by mathematical morphology. Bulletin of SFPT (French Societe Francaise de Photogrammetrie et de Teledetection), No. 153, pp. 91-96.
  • Zhang, C., Liu, G., Yuan, W., 1991. Efficient data structure for survey data collection and automated cadastre map generation. Journal of Liaoning Technical University, S1, pp. 7-16.
  • Zhang, C., Liu, G., Song, W., 1989. Error modeling for effective design of survey control network in mining region. Journal of Liaoning Technical University, 12, pp. 36-45.

Book and book chapters

  • Zhang, C., Baltsavias, E.P., 2001. Improvement and updating of a cartographic road database by image analysis techniques using multiple knowledge sources and cues. In: Fernerkundung und GIS: Neue Sensoren - Innovative Methoden, T. Blaschke (Ed.), Wichmann Verlag, Heidelberg, pp. 65-77.
  • Zhang, C., Baltsavias, E.P., Gruen, A., 2001. Updating of cartographic databases by image analysis. In: Automatic Extraction of Man-made Objects from Aerial and Space Images (III), E. Baltsavias, A. Gruen, L.Van Gool (Eds.), Balkema, Lisse, pp. 243-253.

Refereed conference papers (2004 onwards)

  • He, Y., Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2013. A line-based spectral clustering method for efficient planar structure extraction from LiDAR data. ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 11–13 November, Antalya, Turkey.
  • Parmehr, E.G., Fraser, C.S., Zhang, C., Leach, J., 2013. Automatic registration of optical imagery with 3d lidar datausing local combined mutual information. ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 11–13 November, Antalya, Turkey.
  • Azadbakht, M., Fraser, C.S., Zhang, C., Leach, J., 2013. Sparsity based regularization approaches in reconstructing the range and cross section in full-waveform LiDAR. ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 11–13 November, Antalya, Turkey.
  • Azadbakht, M., Fraser, C.S., Zhang, C., Leach, J., 2013. A signal denoising method for full-waveform LiDAR data. ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 11–13 November, Antalya, Turkey.
  • Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2013. Estimating planimetric accuracy of airborne lidar using high-resolution digital aerial imagery. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 21-26 July, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2013. Modelling and correction of interior orientation error for precise georeferencing of satellite imagery. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 21-26 July, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Parmehr, E.G., Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2013. Automatic co-registration of satellite imagery and LiDAR data using local mutual information. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 21-26 July, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Parmehr, E.G., Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2013. An effective histogram binning for mutual information based registration of optical imagery and 3D LiDAR data. IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), 15-18 September, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Parmehr, E.G., Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2012. Automatic Registration of Aerial Images with 3D LiDAR Data Using a Hybrid Intensity-Based Method. DICTA Digital Imaging: Techniques and Applications. 3-5 December, Fremantle, WA Australia.
  • Awrangjeb, M., Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2012. An improved building detection technique for complex scenes. Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo, 9-13 July, Melbourne Australia.
  • Awrangjeb, M., Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2012. Automatic reconstruction of building roofs through effective integration of LiDAR and multispectral imagery. International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 24-Aug to 3-Sep 2012, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Parmehr, E.G., Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2012. Automatic registration of multi-source data using mutual information. International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 24-Aug to 3-Sep 2012, Melbourne, Australia.
  • He, Y., Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2012. Automated reconstruction of walls from airborne LiDAR data for complete 3D building modeling. International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 24-Aug to 3-Sep 2012, Melbourne, Australia. .
  • Zhang, C., Liu, S., Fraser, C.S., 2012. Interior orientation error modelling and correction for precise georeferencing of satellite imagery International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 24-Aug to 3-Sep 2012, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Zhang, C., Awrangjeb, M., Fraser, C.S., 2012. Building detection through effective building and tree separation. Proceedings of the GSR_2 Research Symposium, 10‐12 December, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Zhang, C. Fraser, C.S., 2012. Modeling and correction of orientation parameters for improved georeferencing. Proceedings of the GSR_2 Research Symposium, 10‐12 December, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Awrangjeb, M., Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2011. Automatic reconstruction of building roofs using LIDAR and multispectral imagery. Proc. DICTA Digital Imaging: Techniques and Applications. 6-8 December, Noosa, Queensland Australia.
  • Awrangjeb, M., Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2011. Improved building detection using texture information. International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 5-7 October, Munich, Germany.
  • Elaksher, A., Zhang, C., 2011. Reliable 3D topographic mapping using Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV) systems. Proc. of ASPRS Annual Conference. Milwaukee, WI, March 1-5.
  • Liu, S., Fraser, C., Zhang, C., Ravanbakhsh, M., Tong, X., 2010. Geometric accuracy evaluation of THEOS Imagery. Proc. of Asian Conference of Remote Sensing, 1-5 November, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Zhang, C., Elaksher, A., 2010. 3D Reconstruction from UAV-acquired imagery for road surface distress assessment. Proc. of Asian Conference of Remote Sensing, 1-5 November, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Zhang, C., Elaksher, A., 2010. Photogrammetic orientation of UAV-acquired imagery for road condition Monitoring. Proc. of Asian Conference of Remote Sensing, 1-5 November, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Elaksher, A., Zhang, C., 2010. Mapping road surface condition using Unmanned Ariel vehicle (UAV) systems. Proc. of Fifth national GIS symposium, April 26-28, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
  • Roy, D. , Ju, J., Vermote, E., Egorov, A., Kovalskyy, V., Zhang, C., Loveland, T., Hansen, M., Scaramuzza, P., Kline, K., Yeom, J., Kommadreddy, I., 2010. Web-enabled Landsat data (WELD): demonstration of MODIS-Landsat data fusion to provide a consistent, long-term, large-area data record for the terrestrial user community. Proc. of NASA Terrestrial Ecology Science Meeting. March 15-17, La Jolla, CA.
  • Roy, D. , Ju, J., Vermote, E., Egorov, A., Kovalskyy, V., Zhang, C., Loveland, T., Hansen, M., Scaramuzza, P., Kline, K., Yeom, J., Kommadreddy, I., 2009. Web-enabled Landsat data (WELD): a consistent, long-term, large-area, data record for the terrestrial user community. Proc. of American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. 14–18 December, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Zhang, C., Stoker, J., 2009. Accuracy assessment of geolocation of Worldview-1 Basic Stereo imagery. Proc. of Civil Commercial Imagery Evaluation Workshop. Baltimore, MA, March 9-13.
  • Zhang, C., 2009. UAV-based remote sensing of road condition. Proc. of ASPRS Annual Conference. Baltimore, MA, March 9-13.
  • Zhang, C., Elaksher, A., 2009. Photogrammetric processing of low-altitude UAV imagery. Proc. of ASPRS Annual Conference. Baltimore, MA, USA, March 9-13.
  • Zhang, C., 2008. A UAV-based photogrammetric mapping system for road condition assessment.International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 3-11 July, Beijing, China.
  • Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2008. Generation of digital surface model from high resolution satellite imagery. International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 3-11 July, Beijing, China.
  • Zhang, C., 2008. Development of a UAV-based remote sensing system for unpaved road condition assessment. Proc. of ASPRS Annual Conference. 28 April–2 May, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2008. Automated generation of digital surface model from high resolution satellite imagery. Proc. of ASPRS Annual Conference. 28 April–2 May, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • Zhang, C., Crane, M.P., Fraser, C.S., 2007. Terrain deformation modeling by photogrammetric exploitation of high-resolution satellite imagery. Proc. of ASPRS Annual Conference. May 7-11, Tampa, Florida, USA.
  • Zhang, C., Baltsavias, E.P., 2007. Automatic road extraction from images using GIS data.
  • Proc. of ASPRS Annual Conference. May 7-11, Tampa, Florida, USA.
  • Zhang, C., 2007. Geometric evaluation of high resolution satellite imagery. Proc. of Civil Commercial Imagery Evaluation Workshop, March 20-22, 2007, Fairfax, VA, USA.
  • Helder, D., Aaron, D., Dewald, J., Ruggles, T., Zhang, C., 2007. A Systemic radiometric calibration approach for LDCM and the LANDSAT archive. Proc. of Civil Commercial Imagery Evaluation Workshop, March 20-22, Fairfax, VA, USA.
  • Poon, J., Fraser, C.S., Zhang, C., 2006. High-resolution satellite imaging for digital surface models. International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 14-16 February, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Baltsavias, E., Zhang, L., Eisenbeiss, H., Pateraki, M., Poli, D., Zhang, C., 2006: Use of high resolution satellite images for DSM and orthoimage generation and object extraction, Proc. of Africa GIS, Tschwane (Pretoria), South Africa.
  • Zhang, C., Fraser, C.S., 2005. Automated registration of high-resolution satellite imagery for change detection. International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 17-20 May, Hannover, Germany.
  • Poon, J., Fraser, C.S., Zhang, C., Zhang, L. and Gruen, A., 2005. Accuracy evaluation of Terrain Modelling from IKONOS Stereo Imagery.  International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 17-20 May, Hannover, Germany.
  • Zhang, C., Baltsavias, E.P., Sullivan, L., 2005. Performance evaluation of ATOMI system for road database updating from aerial film, ADS40, IKONOS and Quickbird orthoimagery. International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 29-30 August, Vienna, Austria.
  • Zhang, C., Fraser, C., 2005. A hierarchical approach to automated registration of high resolution satellite imagery for change detection. Proc. of the 26th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing, 7-11 November, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Zhang, C., Baltsavias, E.P., 2004. An operational system for automated road database updating from aerial imagery. International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 12-23 July, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Baltsavias, E.P., Sullivan, L., Zhang, C., 2004. Performance comparison between aerial imagery, ADS40 and IKONOS data for automated road centreline extraction using the ATOMI road network updating system. International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 12-23 July, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Zhang, C., Baltsavias, E.P., 2004. Automated road extraction and updating using the ATOMI system - Performance evaluation. Proc. of 25th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing, 22-26 November, Chiang Mai, Thailand. 1: 296-301.