The State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (hereinafter referred to as “the lab”) is the first key national lab for surveying and mapping. Preparations for construction of the lab began in early 1989 and the lab is based on a lab at Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping that studies the key national discipline of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Approved by the State Planning Commission, the lab was established in 1989. With the loan provided by the World Bank in 1991, the lab became one of the seven pilot labs tracked by the World Bank. Since the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation invested in the open-end research fund in 1992, the lab has been open to the public. In 1995, the lab passed the joint acceptance evaluation by the State Education Commission, the State Planning Commission, and the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation. In 2004, at the summary commendation conference on the 20th anniversary of the construction of key national laboratories held by the Ministry of Science and Technology and other ministries and commissions, the lab was awarded the title of advanced collectives and was granted the “Golden Bull Award”. The lab was rated as “excellent” by the Ministry of Science and Technology in its evaluations in 2000, 2005, and 2010.
The laboratory chief is academician Gong Jianya. The chairman of the Lab’s academic committee is academician Li Deren.
The lab develops at a moderate scale, and constantly brings in high-level talents based on the development of disciplines and research. The lab has 97 full-time staff, of whom 86 are researchers. Of the 86 researchers, 7 are academicians, 57 are professors, 25 are associate professors, 67 have doctorate degrees, and 46 are under the age of 45.
The lab comprises the research sections of aerospace photogrammetry, remote-sensing image data processing, spatial information system and service, 3S integration and spatial information communication, and navigation and deep space exploration, as well as a research center of water-environment remote sensing and digital basin.
As a key national lab should be a “national team” that leads in its individual field and holds to the purposes of “openness, mobility, collaboration, and competition”, we will be united as one, work hard, and courageously innovate, think more academically, make more remarkable research achievements, improve independent innovation, and foster academic exchanges. All of this will be done so as to make the lab a center of research for the theory and application of surveying, mapping and remote sensing in China and abroad. The lab has made a large number of achievements in scientific research, team building, personnel training, academic exchange, and transforming high-tech achievements.