The faculty in the geodetic engineering area are focused into the following areas: mapping and GIS, photogrammetry and computer vision, and satellite positioning and inertial navigation.
The Mapping and GIS Lab at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering conducts research and development in remote sensing and photogrammetry, mobile mapping technology, pattern recognition and neuron computing, and GIS/LIS applications.
The Photogrammetric Computer Vision Laboratory conducts research on several challenging problems, including the recognition of human actions, tracking objects, and recovering geospatial trajectories of mobile objects.
The Satellite Positioning and Inertial Navigation (SPIN) Laboratory conducts research on various GPS applications, mobile mapping systems, and GPS/INS integration.
To support these research efforts, the Center for Mapping at The Ohio State University was established in 1986 as a Center for the Commercial Development of Space (CCDS) under a NASA grant. The Center for Mapping's uniqueness lies in the fact that its core competencies are at the intersection of:
- geoinformation science, geomatics and spatial information systems,
- imaging and image understanding,
- and experimental engineering development and benchmarking.
The Center for Mapping combines all three competency areas and is able to embed that knowledge into its research and development activities.