Dave Gallo, oceanographer and director of special projects at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will deliver the keynote “Beyond Titanic: The Pursuit of Tactical Oceanography” at 2016 International LiDAR Mapping Forum. The ILMF keynote will take place Feb. 22 in Denver, Colo.

Gallo has been at the forefront of ocean exploration for more than 25 years. He was one of the first scientists to use a combination of robots and manned submersibles to map the ocean floor in great detail.  

Most recently, Gallo co-led an expedition to create the first detailed and comprehensive map of the RMS Titanic. He has been described by TED Conferences as "an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea and those of us on dry land," and his TED presentation, “Underwater Astonishments,” has attracted 12 million views, placing it among the top 10 most downloaded.

In his keynote, Gallo will discuss the rapid growth in the ability to visualize the undersea world, the new sensors and platforms that have provided unparalleled information about the shape and texture of the seafloor and the waters above, and the challenges that still exist with navigation, power, multi-sensor fusion, etc. His presentation will use RMS Titanic as an example of multi-sensor seafloor mapping, and will address the recent advances in the ability to produce tactical oceanographic information.  

“There is tremendous value in stepping outside our world to see mapping in a different light. Dave takes us on an entertaining and insightful journey into the ocean depths to reveal new approaches to mapping unknown worlds on our own planet,” says Lisa Murray, ILMF show director.

Other sessions will cover a wide range of topics:

  • Single photon, flash and Geiger-mode LiDAR
  • Linear LiDAR technology
  • Topo-bathymetry
  • Data fusion and processing technologies
  • Pointclouds and automated feature extraction
  • Developments in data classification and GIS modeling
  • Forestry and vegetation monitoring
  • Game-changing technologies on the horizon

About ILMF
The International LiDAR Mapping Forum is a technical conference and exhibition focused on airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR, as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technology used for applications including asset management; civil infrastructure; coastal zone mapping; emergency services and disaster response; land and natural resource management; and urban modeling. The 2016 edition of the annual event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.