Chinese researcher Li Deren wins 2020 Brock Gold Medal in Photogrammetry

File photo of Professor Li Deren, winner of the 2020 Brock Gold Medal. /Wuhan University

File photo of Professor Li Deren, winner of the 2020 Brock Gold Medal. /Wuhan University

Chinese scientist Li Deren from Wuhan University in central China has won the 2020 Brock Gold Medal, one of the most influential awards in the field of international photogrammetry and remote sensing.

Li, 83, is the first Chinese researcher to win the prize, which was established by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in 1952. It is given to a single scientist every four years for outstanding contributions to the field. .

The 2020 Brock Gold Medal presented to Li Deren. /Wuhan University

The 2020 Brock Gold Medal presented to Li Deren. /Wuhan University

Including Li, only 16 scholars worldwide have received the award so far.

Li received the award remotely via video link at the 2022 International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) congress in France on June 6.

“This honor belongs not only to me, but also to my team, my university and my country. In the future, we will continue to use photogrammetry and remote sensing technology to provide human society with faster information, more accurate, reliable and intelligent spatial information service,” he said in a video message to Science and Technology Daily.

Li Deren receives the award remotely during the 2022 Congress of the International Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Society (ISPRS) in France, June 6, 2022. /Wuhan University

Li Deren receives the award remotely during the 2022 Congress of the International Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Society (ISPRS) in France, June 6, 2022. /Wuhan University

Li, director of the Center for Collaborative Innovation in Geospatial Information Technology at Wuhan University, is a member of both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the two leading institutes of country search.

His major achievements include the design of ZY-3, China’s first civilian high-resolution mapping satellite used to produce 1:50,000 orthophotos, ISPRS wrote.

Together with his colleague Gong Jianya, he developed three generations of geographic information system software GeoStar, GeoGlobe and GeoSmart, which have been widely used for building digital cities and smart cities in China and beyond, according to the ISPRS.

He was also instrumental in introducing the integration of theories and algorithms for global navigation satellite systems, remote sensing and geographic information systems, which support applications as diverse as mobile mapping and many more.

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