Dr Conor Cahalane

National Centre for Geocomputation, NCG, Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI)

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Biography

Dr Conor Cahalane is a Senior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the NCG/Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI) at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. His background is in Geomatics, Applied Computing and Geocomputation. Dr Cahalane employs satellite, airborne and UAV remotely sensed data for coastal management, environmental protection, engineering works, forestry surveys and precision agriculture. Conor currently is collaborating with Ordnance Survey Ireland developing a method for automated change detection and map updating using multi-band aerial imagery. Dr Cahalane sits on council for the Society of Chartered Surveyors promoting RS and EO in the Geomatics community in Ireland and is also the Irish MC member on COST Action ES1309, investigating recent advances in satellites, UAVs and optical sensors.

Research Interests

My interests encompass both land and marine - ranging from passive and active remote sensing technologies including multispectral, hyperspectral, thermal, LiDAR and SAR. I utilise data from satellite, airborne, unmanned platforms and terrestrial platforms and combine this data with other spatial data-sets for additional contextual information. Fusing data from multiple sensors on a single platform is a major focus of our research.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'Data imputation in a short-run space-time series: A Bayesian approach'
Pforte, L; Brundson, C; Cahalane, C; Charlton, M (2017) 'Data imputation in a short-run space-time series: A Bayesian approach'. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Sensor Pods: Multi-Resolution Surveys from a Light Aircraft'
Cahalane, C; Walsh, D.; Magee, A.; Mannion, S.; Lewis, P.; McCarthy, T (2017) 'Sensor Pods: Multi-Resolution Surveys from a Light Aircraft'. Inventions, [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Improving MMS Performance during Infrastructure Surveys through Geometry Aided Design'
Cahalane, C; Lewis, P; McElhinney, C.P; McNerney, E; McCarthy, T (2016) 'Improving MMS Performance during Infrastructure Surveys through Geometry Aided Design'. Infrastructures, [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Combining remote temperature sensing with in-situ sensing to track marine/freshwater mixing dynamics'
McCaul M.;Barland J.;Cleary J.;Cahalane C.;McCarthy T.;Diamond D. (2016) 'Combining remote temperature sensing with in-situ sensing to track marine/freshwater mixing dynamics'. Sensors, 16 (9) [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Spatial Prediction of Coastal Bathymetry Based on Multispectral Satellite Imagery and Multibeam Data'
Monteys, X;Harris, P;Caloca, S;Cahalane, C (2015) 'Spatial Prediction of Coastal Bathymetry Based on Multispectral Satellite Imagery and Multibeam Data'. Remote Sensing, 7 :13782-13806 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Combining 2D mapping and low density elevation data in a GIS for GNSS shadow prediction'
Cahalane C. (2015) 'Combining 2D mapping and low density elevation data in a GIS for GNSS shadow prediction'. Isprs International Journal Of Geo-Information, 4 (4):2769-2791 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Optimising Mobile Mapping System Laser Scanner Orientation'
Cahalane, C;Lewis, P;McElhinney, CP;McCarthy, T (2015) 'Optimising Mobile Mapping System Laser Scanner Orientation'. Isprs International Journal Of Geo-Information, 4 :302-319 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'Calculation of Target-Specific Point Distribution for 2D Mobile Laser Scanners'
Cahalane, C;McElhinney, CP;Lewis, P;McCarthy, T (2014) 'Calculation of Target-Specific Point Distribution for 2D Mobile Laser Scanners'. Sensors, 14 :9471-9488 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'MIMIC: An Innovative Methodology for Determining Mobile Laser Scanning System Point Density'
Cahalane, C;McElhinney, CP;Lewis, P;McCarthy, T (2014) 'MIMIC: An Innovative Methodology for Determining Mobile Laser Scanning System Point Density'. Remote Sensing, 6 :7857-7877 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2016 'A flood of images'
Cahalane, C., McGovern, E. and Behan, A. (2016) 'A flood of images' Surveyors Journal, . [Details]
2016 'Improving Satellite Derived Bathymetry'
Cahalane, C., Hanafin, J., Monteys, X. (2016) 'Improving Satellite Derived Bathymetry' Hydro International, . [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Mapping Floods from Space'
Cahalane, C., McGovern, E. and Behan, A. (2016) 'Mapping Floods from Space' RICS Land Journal, . [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2014 Estimating missing data in hierarchical space-time series with a short temporal extent
Charlton, M., Brunsdon, C., Cahalane, C., and Pforte, L. (2014) Estimating missing data in hierarchical space-time series with a short temporal extent GIScience 2014, Vienna [Details]
2013 UAS flight planning—An initial investigation into the influence of VTOL UAS mission parameters on orthomosaic and DSM accuracy
Cahalane, C. and McCarthy, T. (2013) UAS flight planning—An initial investigation into the influence of VTOL UAS mission parameters on orthomosaic and DSM accuracy Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference [Details]
2012 MIMIC: Mobile mapping point density calculator
Cahalane, C and McCarthy, T and McElhinney, CP (2012) MIMIC: Mobile mapping point density calculator Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Computing for Geospatial Research and Applications, COM.Geo '12 [IR Link] [Details]
2011 Calculating the Effect of Dual-Axis Scanner Rotations and Surface Orientation on Scan Profiles
Cahalane, C and McElhinney, CP and McCarthy, T (2011) Calculating the Effect of Dual-Axis Scanner Rotations and Surface Orientation on Scan Profiles MMT’11,‘The 7th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology June 2011, Krakaw, Poland, [Details]
2010 Mobile mapping system performance : An initial investigation into the effect of vehicle speed on laser scan lines
Cahalane, C and McCarthy, T and McElhinney, CP (2010) Mobile mapping system performance : An initial investigation into the effect of vehicle speed on laser scan lines Remote Sensing & Photogrammety Society Annual Conference - 'From the sea-bed to the cloudtops' September 2010, Cork, Ireland, [Details]
2010 Mobile mapping system performance : An analysis of the effect of laser scanner configuration and vehicle velocity on scan profiles
Cahalane, C and McElhinney, CP and McCarthy, T (2010) Mobile mapping system performance : An analysis of the effect of laser scanner configuration and vehicle velocity on scan profiles European laser Mapping Forum - 'ELMF 2010' November 2010, The Hague, Holland, [Details]
2010 Initial results from European Road Safety Inspection (EURSI) mobile mapping project
McElhinney, CP and Kumar, P and Cahalane, C and McCarthy, T (2010) Initial results from European Road Safety Inspection (EURSI) mobile mapping project ISPRS Commission V Technical Symposium [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2017 Slick Feature Mapping : Monitoring the Irish Coastal Zone and National Waters.
Cahalane, C. Walsh, D. Magee, A. and McCarthy, T. (2017) Slick Feature Mapping : Monitoring the Irish Coastal Zone and National Waters. [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers, University College Cork [Details]
2017 COPERNICUS: Incorporating Satellite Data in your Project.
Cahalane, C. (2017) COPERNICUS: Incorporating Satellite Data in your Project. [Oral Presentation], Survey Ireland 2017, Dublin, Ireland [Details]
2016 TRATEGIES FOR MONITORING GROUNDWATER DISCHARGE INTO KINVARA BAY, GALWAY, IRELAND.
Margaret McCaul, Jack Barland, Eoghan McNamara, Peter McCluskey, Conor Cahalane, Tim McCarthy, Dermot Diamond (2016) TRATEGIES FOR MONITORING GROUNDWATER DISCHARGE INTO KINVARA BAY, GALWAY, IRELAND. [Poster Presentation], ISEH 2016, ISEG 2016 & Geoinformatics 2016, Galway, Ireland [Details]
2016 Marine Remote Sensing.
Cahalane, C. (2016) Marine Remote Sensing. [Invited Lecture], Atlantic Ocean Climate Scholars Programme, NUI Galway, Ireland [Details]
2016 INTEGRATING GEOSPATIAL REMOTE AND IN-SITU SENSING: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES.
Margaret McCaul, Jack Barland, Eoghan McNamara, Peter McCluskey, Conor Cahalane, Tim McCarthy, Dermot Diamond (2016) INTEGRATING GEOSPATIAL REMOTE AND IN-SITU SENSING: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES. [Keynote Address], ISEH 2016, ISEG 2016 & Geoinformatics 2016, Galway, Ireland [Details]
2016 TRATEGIES FOR MONITORING GROUNDWATER DISCHARGE INTO KINVARA BAY, GALWAY, IRELAND.
Sean Jordan, Margaret McCaul, Xavier Monteys, Conor Cahalane, Tim McCarthy, Dermot Diamond (2016) TRATEGIES FOR MONITORING GROUNDWATER DISCHARGE INTO KINVARA BAY, GALWAY, IRELAND. [Poster Presentation], ISEH 2016, ISEG 2016 & Geoinformatics 2016, Galway, Ireland [Details]
2016 Satellite Derived Bathymetry.
Cahalane, C., Monteys, X., Magee, A., Lewis, P. and McCarthy, T (2016) Satellite Derived Bathymetry. [Poster Presentation], 10th Irish Earth Observation Symposium, MAREi, Cork, Ireland [Details]
2016 Flood Monitoring: Satellites, Geomatics and Solutions.
Cahalane, C. (2016) Flood Monitoring: Satellites, Geomatics and Solutions. [Oral Presentation], Survey Ireland 2016, Dublin, Ireland [Details]
2016 Slick Feature Mapping.
Cahalane, C., Walsh, D. and McCarthy, T. (2016) Slick Feature Mapping. [Poster Presentation], 10th Irish Earth Observation Symposium, MAREi, Cork, Ireland [Details]
2016 Tracking Dynamics of Freshwater and Marine Water Mixing using Satellite and Flyover Thermal Imaging combined with In-Situ Sensing.
Margaret McCaul, Jack Barland, Eoghan McNamara, Peter McCluskey, Conor Cahalane, Tim McCarthy and Dermot Diamond (2016) Tracking Dynamics of Freshwater and Marine Water Mixing using Satellite and Flyover Thermal Imaging combined with In-Situ Sensing. [Invited Lecture], Innovation in Environmental Monitoring, University of York, UK [Details]
2015 Sensor Pods and Sensor Fusion; Initial Results from an Aerial Survey.
Cahalane, C. (2015) Sensor Pods and Sensor Fusion; Initial Results from an Aerial Survey. [Oral Presentation], 9th Irish Earth Observation Symposium, Ryan Institute, Galway, Ireland [Details]
2014 Development of an automated coastal bathymetric methodology using applied remote sensing techniques.
Cahalane, C., Hanafin, J., Harper, K., Barre, N., O'Kelly, C., Monteys, X. and McCarthy, T (2014) Development of an automated coastal bathymetric methodology using applied remote sensing techniques. [Poster Presentation], 8th Irish Earth Observation Symposium, Maynooth University, Ireland [Details]
2013 Surveying Featureless Terrain with an Unmanned Aerial System.
Cahalane, C. (2013) Surveying Featureless Terrain with an Unmanned Aerial System. [Oral Presentation], 7th Irish Earth Observation Symposium, Teagasc Agricultural Research Centre, Dublin, Ireland [Details]
2012 Mobile Mapping Systems.
Cahalane, C (2012) Mobile Mapping Systems. [Oral Presentation], Survey Ireland, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland [Details]
2012 MIMIC : A benchmarking tool for assessing MMS configurations.
Cahalane, C. (2012) MIMIC : A benchmarking tool for assessing MMS configurations. [Oral Presentation], 6th International Terrestrial Laser Scanner User Meeting, Nice, France [Details]
2011 Survey Planning - Using a GIS to model obstructions and ascertain satellite visibility.
Cahalane, C. (2011) Survey Planning - Using a GIS to model obstructions and ascertain satellite visibility. [Oral Presentation], GIS Ireland, Dublin, Ireland [Details]
2011 State of the art in Mobile Mapping Systems - Applications, Strengths and Weaknesses.
Cahalane, C. (2011) State of the art in Mobile Mapping Systems - Applications, Strengths and Weaknesses. [Oral Presentation], 5th Irish Earth Observation Symposium, Environmental Protection Agency HQ, Wexford, Ireland [Details]
2010 Mobile Mapping Systems and Geographic Information.
Cahalane, C. (2010) Mobile Mapping Systems and Geographic Information. [Oral Presentation], GIS Ireland, Dublin, Ireland [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2011 Open Data Challenge Winner National Digital Research Centre

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Society of Chartered Surveyors Fellow 29-JUL-15 /
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Fellow 29-JUL-15 /
Irish Institution of Surveyors Fellow 01-JAN-05 / 01-NOV-15

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Society of Chartered Surveyors RPAS Working Group Member 2015 /
Irish Institution of Surveyors Journal Editor 2008 / 2010
Irish Institution of Surveyors Treasurer 2012 / 2014
Society of Chartered Surveyors Remote Sensing and Earth Observation Working Group Chair 2014 /
COST Action ES1309 Management Committee Member Irish Delegate 2014 /
iCRAG Council Postdoctoral Representative 2016 /
Irish Institution of Surveyors Membership Secretary 2005 / 2008

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Fingal County Council Land Surveyor and GIS Analyst 01-JUN-05 / 01-SEP-09

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2005 Dublin Institute of Technology BSc Geomatics
2007 Dublin Institute of Technology MSc Applied Computing
2013 Maynooth University PhD Geocomputation

Consultancy

  Client Description
TechWorks Marine
SFI Industry Fellowship - Satellite Derived Bathymetry collaboration
Pavement Management Systems
IRCSET Enterprise Partnership PhD with PMS.
Geological Survey of Ireland
GSI Shortcall - Multiresolution Approach to Bathymetric Surveys
National Roads Authority
LiDAR Survey Guidelines
Petroleum Industry Programme
Slick Feature Mapping

Outreach Activities

  Description

Hydro International Publication

Surveyors Journal Publication on Flood Mapping from Space

Land Journal Publication on flood mapping from space

Presentation on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing for Agriculture and Flooding

Presentation and outreach at National Ploughing Championships 2016 showcasing EO and RS for agriculture.

Alumni publication showcasing EO in Ireland

Annual interview on national radio discussing 'the science of christmas' from a mapping perspective.

Co-Organiser and Co-Chair, 8th Irish Earth Observation Symposium: 2 day event, 200+ national and international attendees (ESA, Google, EARSC, Skybox, Rasdaman GmbH, Trimble, Leica, TOPCON). Maynooth, Ireland, 2014.

A short piece i wrote on 'careers of the future' was picked up by a national newspaper.

A personal blog documenting my research and aimed at a non-specialist audience.

A personal twitter account charting my research and aimed at a non-specialist audience

Article in national newspaper in supplement on 'The Science of Christmas'

Reviews

  Journal Role
Sensors (Basel, Switzerland) Reviewer
Giscience And Remote Sensing Reviewer
Journal Of Surveying Engineering, - Asce Reviewer
Ieee Transactions On Geoscience And Remote Sensing Reviewer
Isprs International Journal Of Geo-Information Reviewer

Other Activities

  Description

I manage the NSD QA staff to create a multimedia historical simulator. I work for this company in my free time. This package is used in classrooms at the high-school level and college level across the U.S. It is even used to train U.S. Army Officers. It is also one of the few software packages accepted by the Gettysburg National Park Store.

Teaching Interests

Remote Sensing, Earth Observation, GIS, Surveying, Geomatics

Lecturing and supervision experience:
  • GY633 - Digital Image processing (Lectures and practicals)
  • GY314 - Environmental Remote Sensing (Lectures and practicals)
  • GY603 - GIS for Climate Change (Lectures and practicals)
  • NCG604 - Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing (practicals only)
  • ZOOL40250 - Remote Sensing (module design, lectures and practicals)
  • Co-supervisor on 2 x PhD
  • Supervisor of 1 Remote Sensing MSc