Summit on Drone Geophysics 2022

25–28 October 2022 | Virtual


25–28 October 2022

The first two Summits on Drone Geophysics were held in November 2020 and 2021, and were—by all accounts—huge successes. Registered attendees will learn about the latest developments in the quickly evolving world of drone enabled magnetometry, electromagnetics, ground penetrating radar, gamma ray spectroscopy, and issues associated with acquiring geophysical data with a drone. Further, attendees will learn about application use cases of drone geophysics technology. The upcoming Summit on Drone Geophysics will build and expand on the themes expressed in the first two workshops by placing emphasis on drone geophysical applications.


Registration Rates 

Professionals: US$200
Students: US$20

Students who are not SEG members should send proof of valid university ID to [email protected] prior to registering in order to receive student pricing.

Call for Abstracts

The steering committee is seeking presentations on the following topic areas:

  • agriculture applications
  • environmental geophysics and hydrogeophysics
  • geohazards
  • resource exploration and geologic mapping
  • landmines and UXO
  • multisensors and multiphysics
  • data QA\QC and regulatory issues
  • transportation and infrastructure

Also, if you are working with remote sensing and can illustrate how that data may be tied to multiphysical methods or geophysical survey data, please consider submitting an abstract.

Leaders in the application of drone geophysics for each of the topic areas have been invited to present a keynote presentation at the beginning of each session.

Abstracts should be submitted to [email protected] with a subject line that indicates the attached abstract is being submitted in support of the 2022 Summit on Drone Geophysics.

Abstract Format

No more than 2 pages with approximately 450-1000 words and 1 image, graph or table that is fully captioned. Abstracts should be formatted with one column but can be two columns if images make the text flow better as two columns.

Commercialization in an abstract is not encouraged by reviewers. All abstracts will be reviewed based on scientific content.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Platinum Level






Platinum and Gold sponsors will have the ability to submit non-sales material on their products and services, in the form on PDFs or videos on the event webpage under a Vitual Showcase tab.

Platinum sponsors will also have a 10 minute presentation slot within the program to highlight their product capabilities.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jasper Baur, coming soon

Daniel Bochicchio, coming soon

Timothy S. de Smet, PhD, is a research assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies and director of the Geophysics and Remote Sensing Laboratory at Binghamton University. His areas of expertise are aerial remote sensing and near-surface applied geophysics. Dr. de Smet’s research utilizing frequency and time-domain electromagnetic-induction, magnetometry, ground-penetrating radar, and aerial LiDAR and thermal infrared remote sensing has been published in GEOPHYICS, Remote SensingNear Surface GeophysicsJournal of Applied GeophysicsSedimentary Geology, PLOS ONE, Archaeological Prospection, and The Leading Edge amongst others. Dr. de Smet has received funding for his research from the National Science Foundation, National Park Service, and United States Geological Survey. He is an FAA 107 certified UAS remote pilot. 

Jan Francke has spent the entirety of his 33-year career in geophysics trying to understand how and where ground penetrating radar works.  He runs Groundradar, which designs and deploys custom GPR systems, as well as Geolitix, a cloud-based GPR and geophysics processing platform He has worked in over 108 countries, and holds a BSc, MSc, and PhD all in GPR-related geophysics.

Jan frequently lectures at Universities and Conferences on managing expectations with GPR technology, a task made more challenging with a tool which is often misunderstood and oversold.

Robert Jackisch, Postdoc, Technical University Berlin – Geoinformation in Environmental Planning Lab, is a geoscientist with an emphasis on remote sensing, geology, geoecology, and enthusiastic for drone-based research. He completed his PhD in winter 2022 at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in collaboration with the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg. There, Robert worked with UAVs, spectral imaging, and magnetometers to develop integration workflows for UAV-based magnetics and hyperspectral methods for mineral exploration and geologic mapping since 2016. He applied UAV-based monitoring for environmental problems and, together with the Alfred Wegener Institute, led the 2021 UAV campaign in Eastern Siberia to investigate wildfire impacts on the boreal forest using LiDAR and multispectral sensors.

Presentation Title: Drone-based multi-sensor data integration in mineral exploration, mining legacy and environmental monitoring

Dr. Sami Khanal is an assistant professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering (FABE) at Ohio State University, where she leads the Ag Sensing Lab. She is also an affiliated graduate faculty member of OSU’s Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department, Environmental Science Graduate Program (ESGP), as well as a member of OSU’s Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS), Sustainability Institute, and Translational Data Analytics (TDA) Discovery Theme. Her research program focuses on improving the understanding of complex interactions among crop, water, and nutrient dynamics at field and landscape scales to enhance agricultural productivity and improve environmental quality. Her research involves the application of remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), ecosystem modeling, and machine learning approaches. The outcomes of her program contribute toward promoting the adoption of optimal site-specific agricultural conservation measures. More specifically, her research program focuses on three distinct, yet interconnected themes related to digital agriculture: 1) multiscale remote sensing for detecting crop and soil phenomena, 2) ecosystem modeling for assessing synergies and tradeoffs of agricultural practices, and 3) big data analytics (machine learning and geospatial assessment) for agricultural decision-making.

Presentation Title: Multiscale crop health monitoring using deep learning in remote sensing data

Dr. Scott McDougall, P.Eng. is an assistant professor of geological engineering in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He joined UBC in 2016 after working for 10 years as a consulting engineer with BGC Engineering Inc., where he was engaged in a wide variety of projects in the mining, energy, transportation, and municipal development sectors. He specializes in the development of new tools and techniques for the assessment and mitigation of geohazards, including landslides, landslide-generated waves, shoreline erosion, and dam breaches. His research approach involves a combination of field data collection and mapping of past events, statistical analysis, computer modelling, and laboratory experimentation.

Dr. Andrew Mitchell, P.Eng. is a senior geotechnical engineer with BGC Engineering Inc., based in Vancouver, BC. He works extensively with remote sensing techniques such as lidar and photogrammetry to enhance on-the-ground observations for geohazard assessments and mitigation design in the hydroelectric, transportation, mining, and municipal sectors. Dr. Mitchell also works with numerical and empirical models for predicting flow-like landslide runout. He recently completed his PhDd at the University of British Columbia, where one of his projects was collecting UAV-lidar data of debris flow fans in southwest BC, using the data to calibrate numerical runout models of debris flow events.

Johannes B. Stoll has a background in geophysics and electrochemistry and has held various positions in teaching and research at universities and in the oil and gas industry, mainly borehole geophysics. He has more than 15 years of experience as an active exploration geophysicist.

In 2008, he began investigating the use of small and midsized drones for airborne geophysical data acquisition focusing on geomagnetic and electromagnetic methods. He formed Mobile Geophysical Technologies GmbH in 2011 to provide geophysical services employing unmanned multicopters and helicopters in commercial projects for the mining industry and environmental and groundwater industry. Johannes holds a PhD in Geophysics from University of Frankfurt/Main, and from Technical University of Freiberg/Saxony, Germany. His talk title for the 2022 Summit on Drone Geophysics is Drones in Geophysical Exploration - A New Era of Automation is Coming.

Presentation Title: Drones in Geophysical Exploration - A New Era of Automation is Coming

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Important Dates

Call for Abstracts closes:
10 August 2022

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