2019 STRATUS Workshop (+Registration)



2019 Systems and Technologies for Remote Sensing Applications Through Unmanned Aerial Systems (STRATUS) Workshop.

A workshop held in the Louise Slaughter Hall, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

The emergence of low-cost and easy-to-use Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, has lead to an explosion of their use for numerous applications. In particular, these new platforms have enabled new imaging and earth remote sensing technologies and applications previously unavailable due to the high cost of manned aircraft or satellites. This workshop will bring together academics, industry representatives, and domain specialists to share perspectives on this rapidly evolving topic. 

Since its inception in 2016, STRATUS went from a one-day, to two-day, and now a three-day event. We have expanded the workshops reach to include entities from all over Western New York. STRATUS 2019 is now a collaborative effort including some of the region's top universities. The general organizing committee is made up of members from:

  • University at Buffalo
  • Cornell University
  • SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Abstract & Presentation (OR) Paper & Presentation Submission:

  • The workshop will have a two-track submission process for program consideration.  You can either submit an abstract (plus presentation) or a 4-page paper (plus presentation).  See details below.
  • The first track is for workshop participants who desire to share their work during the conference without submitting a full paper. This first track will require an abstract only for program consideration.
  • The second track is for authors wishing to present a full paper to be published in the proceedings, which will be archived in IEEE Xplore. A four-page IEEE style paper is required and will undergo a full peer-review process for those wishing to seek this option.
  • Program will include both oral and poster sessions, as well as breaks for networking, browsing exhibits and live demonstrations.


  • Full paper submission deadline                            January 14, 2019
  • Abstract-only submission deadline                      January 9, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance                                     January 28, 2019
  • Early (online) registration deadline                        February 11, 2019
  • Camera-ready paper due (for full paper option)      February 11, 2019


TUTORIALS: (Monday, Feb 25, 2019)

  • Tutorial 1:  8am - 10:30pm, "Introduction to UAV Radiometry and Reflectance, Chris Durell of Labsphere, Inc."  (Early $100, Late $150 includes lunch)
  • Tutorial 2: 11am - 1:30pm, "UAS Focused Photogrammetry / Mapping with Pix4D, Angad Singh of Pix4D, Inc." (Early $100, Late $150 includes lunch)
  • Tutorail 3: 2:30pm - 5pm, "Creating automated processing workflows for multi-band UAS data using the Algorithm Toolkit, BeamIO" (Early $100, Late $150 includes lunch)
  • LUNCH   1:30pm - 2:30pm

Due to generous financial support from the IEEE GRS Society, Headwall Photonics, Harris Corporation, BeamIO, and EagleHawk, registration will be:

  • $150 (Eary registration until February 11)
  • $200 (Late registration after February 11)
  • Student Registration will start at $50 (see payment options on actual registration menu).  Please state your major and university in the "Special Requests" field on the registration page.
  • Registration cost covers food and beverage for 3 days (i.e., breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, food / drink at social gathering) as well as printed programs and swag.                   

Use this form (below) to register.


  Date and Time




  • Start time: 25 Feb 2019 08:00 AM
  • End time: 27 Feb 2019 05:00 PM
  • All times are America/New_York
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  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rochester, New York
  • United States 14623
  • Building: Louise Slaughter Hall
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  • Starts 08 November 2018 08:00 AM
  • Ends 27 February 2019 04:00 PM
  • All times are America/New_York
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Sally Rockey, Ph.D.
Sally Rockey, Ph.D.


Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)


Dr. Sally Rockey became the inaugural Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) in September 2015. Prior to this role, Dr. Rockey was a leader in Federal research, overseeing the operations of the extramural programs in both agriculture and biomedicine. She spent 19 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she held a number of positions within the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. Very early in her career she became the head of the competitive grants program, overseeing the extramural grants process and portfolio. In her last few years with USDA she was the Chief Information Officer, applying her breadth of government knowledge to IT. From there she moved to and spent 11 years with the National Institutes of Health. As Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Dr. Rockey oversaw the operations of the largest Federal extramural research program and led groundbreaking initiatives and activities that have and will have a lasting positive impact on the research community.

Dr. Rockey received her Ph.D. in Entomology from the Ohio State University and did postgraduate work at University of Wisconsin prior to joining the government. She has devoted her career to improving people’s lives through research and will continue her mission by seeing FFAR become an essential component of the scientific enterprise.

A full length bio can be found here!

Steven J. Thomson
Steven J. Thomson of USDA National Institute Food and Agriculture (NIFA)


Steven J. Thomson, National Program Leader, USDA NIFA


 Dr. Steven J. Thomson is a National Program Leader with the USDA National Institute Food and Agriculture (NIFA). He engages Universities, other federal agencies, and industry to provide national leadership in Capacity and Competitive Grant programs. He leads four programs that focus on engineering processes to improve systems relevant to agriculture. These research, education, and outreach activities include precision agriculture, robotics (NSF collaborative), cyber-physical systems (NSF collaborative), and instrumentation and controls. Dr. Thomson co-leads two programs that involve youth farm safety and access to assistive technologies by disabled farmers and veterans. Dr. Thomson has research background in statistics, aerial application of crop protection materials, irrigation management, water balance and crop modeling, decision support systems, agricultural safety, sensor systems and electronics, remote sensing, unmanned aerial systems, and precision agriculture. He has been involved in research, extension, and instruction both as a faculty member at Virginia Tech, where he received the Alpha Epsilon Award for his Research and Extension program, and (more recently) as Research Lead Scientist with the USDA ARS.