The UoI article was deemed the most influential of them according to an international selection committee.
Remote sensing includes research and data processing on the earth’s surface and the ocean; in the atmosphere and in space. Those who received the prestigious awards are Jón Atli Benediktsson, Pro-rector and Professor in Electric- and Computer Engineering, Jóhannes R. Sveinsson, Head of Faculty and Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jocely Chanussot,Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mathew Fauvel, Doctor from the University of Iceland.
The awards are given on behalf of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. The title of the article is Spectral and Spatial Classification of Hyperspectral Data Using SVMs and Morphological Profiles and was published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. The article discusses specific methods in analysis and classification of remote images. The article is based on theories that have been developed in research at the University of Iceland in the last decade, and results were e.g. used in the doctoral thesis of one of the recipients, Mathieu Fauvel. He was first to complete a joint doctoral degree from the University of Iceland and another university; Grenoble Institute of Technology in France. Jón Atli Benediktson and Jocelyn Chanussot were Fauvel’s supervisors in his doctoral studies. Chanussot is a Professor at Grenoble INP as well as a visiting professor at the University of Iceland. Mathieu Fauvel now holds a position as an Associate Professor at the University of Toulouse in France.
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing is one of the most prestigious scientific journals concerning engineering in the field of remote sensing research; using the impact factor used to assess the importance of scientific research at universities and science institutes.
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society issues three journals; IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing; IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters and IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observation and Remote Sensing. These three journals published over three thousand scientific articles on remote sensing from 2008 to 2012 and the UoI article was considered the most influential of them. Emphasis on this kind of research has increased considerably in recent years. The University of Iceland has played a significant role in remote sensing and the award underline the position of the University in this field from an international perspective. Research on remote sensing is extremely important; especially for monitoring changes in the environment. In Iceland this applies to monitoring sea ice and ocean temperature as well as evaluating heat and land elevation in geothermal areas and active volcanoes.
Source: University of Iceland