The basic idea behind the laser scanner is simple and straightforward: the distance between the object and scanner is measured based on the time travelled by the laser pulse. When the laser scanner's exact position and orientation are known, the distance measurement can be converted into location information of the object. The laser scanner produces a cloud of points of the object that can be used for highly accurate and detailed 3D mapping. The Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research covers the development of hardware electronics, system integration and positioning technologies and in-depth research into new innovations, information extraction methods, visualisation techniques and applications based on these technologies. Laser scanning has important applications, for instance, in the estimation of standing tree stocks and in 3D modelling of the built environment.
The CoE takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the research. It is privileged to have a number of world-leading researchers on its staff, most of whom are exceptionally young. Laser scanning itself is a young field of research, going back no more than some 15 years. The CoE believes in the omnipresent and positive impact of the laser scanner on the lives of every citizen in the modern information society of the early 2020s.