Message from the President

The Japan Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (JSPRS) was founded in 1962 by industry, government, and academia volunteers who recognized the importance and potential for developing photogrammetric surveying. At the time, photogrammetry, as typified by aerial photogrammetry, was a cutting-edge research topic in surveying science. It was expected to contribute to the preservation of national land and rapid economic growth through its widespread use in the creation of topographic maps and surveying and research for public works projects.

In the 60 years since then, surveying science has progressed against phenomenal advances in advanced technologies such as electronic information and communications, space and aeronautics, various sensors, image processing, and artificial intelligence. In particular, photogrammetry has evolved into digital photogrammetry, and the latest technologies, such as satellite remote sensing, global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs) such as GPS, laser surveying, and geographic information systems (GIS), have been introduced one after another.

Surveying can now be performed with high precision and in real-time as needed, and the range of objects has expanded from stationary to mobile, and the spatial scale from local to global. In addition to innovations from aircraft to satellites, the platforms on which sensors are mounted have diversified to include automobiles, ships, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Of course, maps have evolved into 2-D and 3-D digital maps, which can now be provided via the Internet. Today, it is possible to represent the real world in cyberspace with a certain degree of accuracy and share it with many people. Thus, the field of surveying and the utilization of its results has dramatically expanded.

This dramatic development of surveying science has far exceeded the traditional image of the word "surveying," and it is often referred to as spatial information science (or spatial information engineering, geospatial informatics, etc.) as an academic field that plays a central role in the acquisition and utilization of spatial information.

While focusing on photogrammetry, the society has gradually expanded its scope to include remote sensing and spatial information science. The community is now firmly established as the only society in Japan focusing mainly on photogrammetry and as one of the leading societies in remote sensing and spatial information science.

Thanks to our members' teamwork, society's activities are very active. For example, the organization publishes its journal six times a year bi-monthly and holds academic conferences twice yearly, in spring and fall. We are also actively involved in international activities as the Japanese representative organization of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and the Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS). Even during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued our activities relatively stable, for example, by holding our academic conferences online or hybrid.

The JSPRS will continue to vigorously promote meaningful activities for developing photogrammetry, remote sensing, and spatial information science, and to meet the expectations of our members. Your continued understanding and support will be greatly appreciated.

Eihan Shimizu
President, JSPRS

Japan Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is the art, science, and technology of obtaining reliable information from noncontact imaging and other sensor systems about the Earth and its environment, and other physical objects and processes through recording, measuring, analyzing and representation.

The Japan Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is a non-governmental organization devoted to the development of cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications.

The Society's scientific interests include photogrammetry, remote sensing, spatial information systems and related disciplines, as well as applications in cartography, geodesy, surveying, natural, Earth and engineering sciences, and environmental monitoring and protection. Further applications include industrial design and manufacturing, architecture and monument preservation, medicine and others.

JSPRS has been an Ordinary Member of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) since 1964, and an Ordinary Member of the Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS) since 1981.

Number of Members

Ordinary member and Student member: approx. 1,200 Sustaining member: approx. 100

Journal & Publications

Journal of the Japan Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is published six times a year. Books, proceedings, and computer program published by JSPRS are available.


The JSPRS Annual Conference is held in the Tokyo area in June, and the JSPRS Fall Conference is held in a local area in October.


JSPRS conducts an awards program each year: JSPRS Special Award, JSPRS Soceity Award, JSPRS Encouragement Award,ISPRS Encouragement Award.


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