Chris Fisher, Ph.D., archaeologist and professor of anthropology at Colorado State University, will deliver the keynote Pursuing Ancient Myths and Unveiling Lost Cultures with New Technologies at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum on Feb. 22 in Denver. The event extends through Feb. 24.

Fisher has conducted field work in several areas of the U.S., Mexico, Portugal and Albania. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic and the Heinz Foundation, among other agencies.

In his keynote, Fisher will discuss his expedition to Mesoamerica, where he followed the trail of remotely-located cultures that thrived thousands of years ago and then vanished. He’ll describe what they discovered and the tools they used to uncover them, of which airborne LiDAR was a key technology. He’ll share approaches used for intra-site and extra-site patterning, and for revealing a complete settlement pattern of an unexplored valley within the Mosquitia tropical wilderness of Honduras, as well as latest work in Mexico, the risks involved and lessons learned.

Other sessions will cover various topics:

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

Early-bird registration ends Jan. 31 and saves attendees $165.

About ILMF

The International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 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. ILMF is part of a network of events and media for the global geospatial market organized by Diversified Communications.