2019 CRSS-SCT Awards

The Canadian Remote Sensing Society will administer the following Awards in 2019. The submission deadline January 31 2019:

  • CRSS Larry Morley Gold Medal Award
  • Val Shaw Memorial Award
  • CRSS Silver Medal Award
  • CRSS Bronze Medal Award
  • CRSS Outstanding Service Award
  • Two Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing Prize Best Paper Awards

 

  • Student Awards
    • Best Ph. D. Thesis
    • Best Master’s Thesis
    • Best Symposium Student Oral Presentation (3 awards)
    • Best Symposium Student Poster Presentation (3 awards)
    • CRSS Symposium Travel Grants (3 awards at $1000.00 each)
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL AWARD SUBMISSIONS/NOMINATIONS:

Deadline:
All materials must be received by the CRSS Vice-President by the end of the business day on January 31, 2019. All submissions received will be acknowledged by e-mail.

Format:
All materials should be submitted by e-mail as digital file attachments, preferably in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (.PDF). Other acceptable formats include Rich Text Format (.RTF) and Microsoft Word (.DOC). Official letters of support must be signed and be on company/institutional letterhead. Hardcopy materials should be digitised/scanned to a digital file. Multiple files from a given individual should be saved into one archive file (e.g. .ZIP).

Further instructions for specific awards are listed below.

Vice-President E-mail address for all submissions:
Dr. Ahmed Shaker – Ahmed.Shaker@Ryerson.ca

If it is impossible to submit a document in digital form, hard copy materials may be sent to the address below.

Vice-President Address to be used only if required:
Dr. Ahmed Shaker AbdElrahman
CRSS Vice-President
Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Architecture Science
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street,
Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2K3
Tel.: +1 416 979 5000 (ext. 6458)
Fax: (416) 979-5122

Please note: CRSS cannot be responsible for items lost or delayed by mail. Any materials submitted as hardcopy cannot be returned. All submissions are strongly encouraged by e-mail to: Ahmed.Shaker@Ryerson.ca


CRSS Larry Morley Gold Medal Award

The CRSS Gold Medal Award was introduced in 1986 to recognise either a significant new advance in remote sensing research, development, technology or applications, or a significant long-term contribution to the field of remote sensing in Canada. In 2013, the CRSS Gold Medal was renamed the CRSS Larry Morley Gold Medal in honour of Dr. Lawrence W. Morley, O.C. (February 19, 1920 – April 22, 2013), the founding Director General of the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing and first President of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. The Larry Morley Gold Medal is the highest award in the country granted by the Canadian Remote Sensing Society for excellence in remote sensing.

Nomination Process
The candidate must be a member in good standing of the CRSS and be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of CRSS. The members and the nominee cannot be employees of the same organization during the previous three years. The nomination should clearly describe the candidate’s contributions. Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/ resume). Nominees who have received the CRSS Bronze Medal or CRSS Silver Medal in the last five years are not eligible. Nominations must be received by the CRSS Vice-President by the due date indicated above, and are to remain confidential from the nominee and others. The nominations will be reviewed by the CRSS Awards Committee.

Recipients [affiliations at time of award] 2016 – Dr. Joseph Buckley, Royal Military College
2017 – Dr. Brian Brisco, Natural Resources Canada
2018 – Dr. Charles Livingstone, Defence Research and Development Canada

A full list of the recipients can be found here


Val Shaw Memorial Award

The Val Shaw Memorial Award was established in 1990 in memory of Valerie Shaw, an executive with the Bercha Group and a strong proponent of remote sensing in Canada. The award consists of a certificate that recognizes lifelong achievement in practical remote sensing applied to natural resource management.

Val Shaw was a Vice-President of one of the most successful companies active in remote sensing in Canada in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and was one of the early leaders in the field. While a worthy competitor in business, she was known for her honesty, dedication to client service, and the fact that she gave generously of her time to students, colleagues, and the many people she touched. Relatively early in life she was suddenly struck down by a virulent form of leukemia. She left four children, who attended the first presentation of the award named in her honour to Dr. Al Gregory at the 14th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing in Calgary in 1991.

Nomination Process
The candidate must be a member in good standing of the CRSS and be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of CRSS. The members and the nominee cannot be employees of the same organization during the previous three years. The nomination should clearly describe the candidate’s contributions. Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/ resume). Nominations must be received by the CRSS Vice-President by the due date indicated above, and are to remain confidential from the nominee and others. The nominations will be reviewed by the CRSS Awards Committee.

Recipients [affiliations at time of award] 2015 – Dr. Ronald Hall, Canadian Forest Service, Edmonton
2017 – Dr. Jeff R. Harris, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa
2018 – Dirk Werle, ÆRDE Environmental Research

A full list of the recipients can be found here


CRSS Silver Medal Award

The CRSS Silver Medal Award was established in 2009 as a mid-career achievement award to recognise excellence in remote sensing in Canada. Nominations are invited for outstanding candidates from any sector (e.g. industry, government, university) who have made important and sustained contributions to remote sensing in Canada, typically for a period of more than 10 years.

Nomination Process
The candidate must be a member in good standing of the CRSS and be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of CRSS. The members and the nominee cannot be employees of the same organization during the previous three years. The nomination should clearly describe the candidate’s contributions to date. Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/resume). Nominees who have received the CRSS Bronze Medal in the last five years are not eligible. Nominations must be received by the CRSS Vice-President by the due date indicated above, and are to remain confidential from the nominee and others. The nominations will be reviewed by the CRSS Awards Committee.

Recipients [affiliations at time of award]
2016 – Dr. Derek Peddle, University of Lethbridge
2017 – Dr. Josée Lévesque, DND, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier
2018 – Prof. Dr. Margaret Kalacska, McGill University

A full list of the recipients can be found here


CRSS Bronze Medal Award

The CRSS Bronze Medal Award was established in 2009 as an early-career achievement award to recognize emerging excellence in remote sensing in Canada. Nominations are invited for outstanding candidates from any sector (e.g. industry, government, university) who are 40 years of age or less, as of December 31 of the year of the Award.

Nomination Process
The candidate must be a member in good standing of the CRSS and be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of CRSS. The members and the nominee cannot be employees of the same organization during the previous three years. The nomination should clearly describe the candidate’s contributions to date, and future potential. Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/resume). Nominations must be received by the CRSS Vice-President by the due date indicated above, and are to remain confidential from the nominee and others. The nominations will be reviewed by the CRSS Awards Committee.

Recipients [affiliations at time of award] 2012 – Dr. Quazi K. Hassan, University of Calgary
2015 – Dr. Laura Chasmer, University of Lethbridge
2017 – Dr. Alexandre Langlois, University of Sherbrooke

A full list of the recipients can be found here


CRSS Outstanding Service Award

The CRSS Outstanding Service Award was developed in 2019 to recognize a significant long-term service to the Canadian Remote Sensing Society. The award consists of a certificate that recognizes the long term contributions of the recipient.

Nomination Process
The candidate must be a member of the CRSS and be nominated in writing by two members in good standing of the CRSS who have not worked for or with the nominee in a substantive manner during the previous three years. The nomination should clearly describe the candidate’s contributions and service to the CRSS and our community. Additional letters of support and other supporting documentation would help to strengthen the nomination (e.g. curriculum vitae/ resumé). Nominees who have received the Larry Morley Gold Medal are not eligible. Nominations must be received by the CRSS Vice-President by the due date, and are to remain confidential from the nominee and others. The nominations will be reviewed by the CRSS Awards Committee.


Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing
Prize Paper Award

The CJRS Prize Paper Award was created in 2001 to recognize excellence in peer-reviewed publications. The award will be presented during the Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing for the best paper (published in any category) in the prior year’s volume. There are two awards: one for the best paper and one for the second best paper. The CJRS Editorial Board, based upon nominations from reviewers, board members, or CRSS members, recommends the winner for each award to the CRSS Awards Committee. The first author and co-authors of the winner paper will each receive a certificate. The first author of each paper will receive a one-year CRSS membership.

Recipients:
2015 – V. Singhroy, J. Li and F. Charbonneau from the Canadian Centre of Remote Sensing for their paper as published in:
V. Singhroy, J. Li and F. Charbonneau, 2015. High resolution rapid revisits InSAR monitoring of surface deformation, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 41(5) pp. 458-472.

2016

The first best paper award: A Trishchenko, S. Leblanc, S. Wang, J. Li, C. Ungureanu, Y. Luo, K. Khlopenkov and F. Fontana for their paper as published in: A Trishchenko, S. Leblanc, S. Wang, J. Li, C. Ungureanu, Y. Luo, K. Khlopenkov and F. Fontana “Variations of annual minimum snow and ice extent over Canada and neighbouring landmass derived from MODIS 250m imagery for 2000-2014 period”. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 42 (3) pp. 214-242.
The second best paper award: to Joonghoon Shin; Hailemariam Temesgen; Jacob Strunk; Thomas Hilker for their paper entitled “Comparing modeling methods for predicting forest attributes using LiDAR metrics and ground measurements”. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 42 (6). 739-765.

2017

The first best paper award: Zhaohua Chen, Jon Pasher, Jason Duffe. and Amir Behnamian for their paper entitled “Mapping arctic coastal ecosystems with high resolution optical satellite imagery using a hybrid classification approach. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing Volume 43(6), 513-527.
The second best paper award: Chen Shang, Paul Treitz, John Caspersen, Trevor Jones for their paper entitled “Estimating stem diameter distributions in a management context for a tolerant hardwood forest using ALS height and intensity data”. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing Volume 43(1), 79-94.

A full list of the recipients can be found here


Student Awards
National Best Master’s Thesis and
Best Ph.D. Thesis

The CRSS may issue Student Awards for the best theses at the Master’s and Ph.D. levels. The recipients of these Awards will receive a certificate and will be invited to present the results of their thesis at the following Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing. The student will receive $1000 from CRSS-SCT to support their travel to the symposium.

Eligibility
The candidate must be a member in good standing of CRSS and must have been a student at a Canadian university for their graduate studies. The candidate must have successfully defended their thesis and submitted it in final form to their university. The year of eligibility for a given thesis is determined by the year of copyright © printed on the title page of the final (bound) thesis. The current competition is open to theses with the copyright year in the previous full calendar year before the deadline [i.e. Jan 1 – Dec. 31 of the year preceding the deadline].

Nomination process
The nomination must be made in writing by the thesis supervisor or Department Head/Chair. Only one thesis, per department or administrative unit, in each of the post-graduate levels, will be considered, with any internal selections being the responsibility of the department/unit concerned. The nomination must explain the merit of the work and must include the final thesis as a digital .PDF file (identical to the hardbound thesis), including title page with copyright © year and any approval signatures. Nominations must be received by the Vice-President of CRSS by the due date indicated above, and are to remain confidential from the nominee and others.

National Best Ph.D. Thesis Award.
Recipients:
2015 (tie) Karin van Ewijk “Estimating Forest Structure from LIDAR and High Spatial Resolution Imagery for the Prediction of Succession and Species Composition”, Queen’s University, (Neal Scott and Paul Treitz, Supervisors)

2015 (tie) Serge Olivier Kotchi “Estimation et évaluation d’incertitude d’indicateurs agrométéorologiques par télédétection en vue de supporter la lutte phytosanitaire”, Université Laval (Nathalie Barrette, Supervisor)

2016 – Douglas Bolton “Characterizing the Link between Fire History, Productivity, and Forest Structure Across Canada’s Northern Boreal Using Multi-Source Remote Sensing”, University of British Columbia (Nicholas Coops, Supervisor)

2017 – David Laskin “Remote sensing of understory plant phenology: a framework for monitoring and projecting the impacts of climate change”, University of Calgary (G. McDermid, Supervisor)

National Best Master’s Thesis Award.
Recipients:
2015 – Charles Papasodoro “Utilisation de la stereo radargrammétrie RADARSAT-2 pour le suivi de la fonte des calottes glaciaires Barnes et Penny (île de Baffin)”. Université de Sherbrooke, (A. Royer and A. Langlois, Supervisors)

2016 – Curtis Chance “Mapping the Distributions of Two Invasive Plant Species in Urban Areas with Advanced Remote Sensing Data”. University of British Columbia (Nicholas Coops, Supervisor)

2017 – Mitchell Bonney, “Landscape Variability of Vegetation Change across the Forest to Tundra Transition of Central Canada”, Queen’s University (co-supervisor: Paul Treitz and Ryan Danby)

A full list of the recipients can be found here


CRSS Student Symposium Travel Grants
(3 awards: $1000.00 each)

Up to three (3) CRSS Symposium Travel Grants of $1000 each are available to students (B.Sc., M.Sc. or Ph.D. level) enrolled at a Canadian university or college to attend the Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing.

Eligibility

  • The student must be a member in good standing of CRSS at the time of application.
    must be the lead (first) author on an abstract which has been accepted for presentation at the Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing.
  • He/she must provide a letter of a maximum of 1000 words explaining the student’s contribution to the work described in the abstract, detailing its originality, and providing details on what he/she expects to gain from attending the symposium.
  • The student’s supervisor must provide a letter of support explaining the merit of the work described in the abstract.
  • The student must complete and submit a Student Application for Conference Travel Reimbursement form that includes a budget outlining commitment for the additional funds to attend the Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing. It can be downloaded here.

All documentation is to be sent to the Vice-President of CRSS no later than April 30th, 2019.

The quality of the abstracts and travel grant applications will be evaluated by the CRSS Awards committee.

Recipients:
2016 – Salem Morsy, Ryerson University (Ahmed Shaker, Supervisor)

2017

Aliny Aparecida Dos Reis, Trent University (Steven Franklin, Supervisor),
Christopher Ilori, Simon Fraser University (Anders Knudby, Supervisor),
Bing Lu, University of Toronto Mississauga (Yohong He, Supervisor)

2018

Md Saifuzzaman, McGill University
Sasha Nasonova, University of Victoria
Deep Inamdar, McGill University

A full list of the recipients can be found here


Best Student Oral and Poster Presentations

The purpose of the Best Student Oral & Poster Presentation Awards is to recognize exceptional oral & poster presentations made by students at the Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing.

Eligibility

  • The student must be a member in good standing of CRSS at the time of application.
  • The presented paper should be labelled as “student paper” when being submitted to the conference

Recipients:
2016 – 37th CSRS: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Jason Beaver (Department of Geography, U. Lethbridge) “BRDF Effects on Vegetation Indexes and Resultant LAI Derivations in Agricultural Crops” (Best Student Oral Presentation)

Salem Morsy (Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson U.) “Automatic Land-Water Delineation from Multispectral Airborne LIDAR Data Using Normalized Difference Water Indexes” (Best Student Poster Presentation)

2017 – 38th CSRS: Montreal, Quebec
Joshua Montgomery (Department of Geography, U. Lethbridge) “A Synthetic Aperture Radar, Optical and LiDAR, Data Fusion Approach to Wetland Classification in a Boreal Environment of the Utikuma Regional Study Area, Alberta, Canada” (co-authors: Dr. Chris Hopkinson, Dr. Laura Chasmer, Dr. Brian Brisco (CCRS)). (Best Student Oral Presentation)

Jingyi Liu (Queen’s University) “A Combined Method for Vegetation Classification Based on Visible Bands from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Images: A Case Study for Wild Parsnip Plants” (co-author: Prof. Dongmei Chen). (Best Student Poster Presentation – (tie))

Claudie Ratté-Fortin (INRS-ÉTÉ) “Modeling Spatio-Temporal Variation of Algal Bloom Using MODIS Inland Waters Data Processing” (co-authors: Prof. Karem Chokmani, Mr. Anas El Alem). (Best Student Poster Presentation – (tie))

Justin Murfitt (University of Toronto Mississauga) “Using RADARSAT-2 to Identify Ice Growth and Decay in Central Ontario: 2008-2016” (co-author: Dr. Laura Brown). (Best Student Poster Presentation – (tie))

2018 – 39th CSRS: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

1st place: Dale Gross (University of Saskatchewan) for his oral presentation entitled “Using remote sensing to evaluate risk of wildfire in grassland types relative to patterns of grazing animals, soil types, precipitation data, and NDVI of vegetation during years of precipitation extremes in southwest Saskatchewan”. (co-authors: Hannah Hilger, Dr. Eric Lamb)
1st place: Faizaan Naveed (York University) for his poster entitled “Individual Tree Crown Delineation Using Airborne LiDAR Data and Worldview 3 Imagery” (co-author: Prof. Baoxin Hu)

A full list of the recipients can be found here