Article of the Month - December 2022

FIG Congress 2022 Keynote: Technology and Visualisation for the Future

Instead of a paper we would like to share with you a series of video recordings from the keynote sessions of FIG Congress 2022 in the coming months.


In this recording that is offered to you in this "Video of the Month Series" Rudolf Staiger and Robert Olszewski focus on the future technologies of geospatial data visualization and its role for surveyors and the role of GNSS measurements in future. Rudolf Staiger is now at the end of his term as FIG President, a position he fulfilled from 2018-2022.

Rudolf Staiger talks about the Surveyor 4.0, Robert Olszewski talks about trends in the development of spatial data visualization methods.

This session focuses on the future technologies of geospatial data visualization and its role for surveyors and the role of GNSS measurements in future. This session was the last keynote session of FIG Congress 2022 and will give you food for thought for the future.

Watch and be inspired by the keynote session here:


About the keynote speakers

Prof. Rudolf Staiger, FIG President 2018-2022

Prof. Rudolf Staiger was the President of FIG from 2018-2022. His early studies in geodesy were in Karlsruhe and Paris from 1976 to 1982, and he was scientific assistant at the University of Karlsruhe (Geodetic Institute) from 1983 to 1987. Rudolfs PhD thesis (1988) dealt with the online determination of 3D co-ordinates with electronic theodolites. This was followed by six years with KERN and LEICA in Aarau (Switzerland) in marketing and R&D. In 1994 he joined the University of Essen (Department of Surveying) and changed to the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum in 2005. Rudolf retired from university last year. He is the next President for his home association DVW – German Association for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management. 

Rudolf thematic specialties are in close-range triangulation, laser tracking and laser scanning, quality assurance and calibration of geodetic devices.

Prof. Robert Olszewski Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Robert Olszewski deals with the modeling of spatial information, or more precisely, extraction and acquisition of spatial information using artificial intelligence methods, as well as the subject of smart city, cartographic generalization, geostatistics, gamification and social geoparticipation. The results of many years of his scientific work have been published in several monographs and more than one hundred articles. He has also implemented dozens of research grants. Since 2011 a Professor at the Department of Geodesy and Cartography Warsaw University of Technology, since 2015 Head of the Chair of Cartography. A graduate of the TOP 500 Innovators program, a participant of training in commercialization of research at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Member of the Rector's team of innovative forms of education - INFOX, conducts interdisciplinary project classes for students of Warsaw University of Technology using Design Thinking methodology. He works with business and government and self-government in the implementation of R&D projects and commercialization of interdisciplinary research in the field of geoinformation, computational intelligence, spatial data services, social geoparticipation, gamification, smart city, and spatial data mining.