Sander Oude Elberink

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Sander Oude Elberink graduated as Geodetic Engineer from Delft University of Technology in 2000, and finished his PhD on the Acquisition of 3D Topography in March 2010. In September 2005 Oude Elberink started his PhD research on "Acquisition of 3D topography" at the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth observation (ITC) Enschede. His research was part of the project '3D Topography' which received the RGI Innovation Award in the category science in 2007. He received a young author's award for best papers at the ISPRS congress in Beijing, China in 2008. In 2009 Sander received the ITC research award for a journal paper on 3D road reconstruction, which was co-authored by George Vosselman and published in the Photogrammetric Record. From September 2009 Sander holds a position of assistant professor at the department of Earth Observation Science at ITC. In 2016 Sander received the ISPRS Giuseppi Inghilleri award for his high quality and innovative research in 3D landscape modelling that has successfully been transferred to practice to serve the society.

Prizes and awards

  • ISPRS Best paper award for young authors 2008
  • ITC Research Award 2009
  • ISPRS Giuseppi Inghilleri award 2016


Activities in education

  • Teaching photogrammetry and laser scanning in MSc Geoinformatics and MSc Spatial Engineering
  • Coordinator of Joint Educational Programme with IIRS, Dehradun, India.
  • Supervised over 25 students as first supervisor of their master research, over 25 students as second supervisor.

Research interests

Activities in research

Two main research lines:
1 Information extraction from point clouds
2 3D reconstruction by fusing topographic maps and laser data.

Past supervision (co-promotor) of PhD students:
Biao Xiong (2010-2014)
Sudan Xu (2010-2015)

Current supervision (co-promoter) of PhD students:
Fashuai Li (2014-2018)
Zille Hussnain (2014-2018)
Amrollah Seifoddini (2016-2020)


Activities in capacity development

  • Consultancy projects on 3D reconstruction for municipality of Rotterdam and Rijkswaterstaat.
  • Designed and implemented algorithms to generate 3DTOP10NL, in coorperation with Dutch Cadaster, TU Delft, Geodan and Conterra GmbH.
  • Produced tools to generate 3D BGT for hydrological applications in Hydrocity, in coorperation with NEO BV and Hydrologic.
  • Designed and produced open source tools to generate 3DBGT, embedded in a user-friendly FME Workbench incorporation with Conterra GmbH.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Robotics Expert Keywords

  • Perception and Cognition


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