Microwave Remote Sensing

Fabio Rocca was born in Naples in 1940 and graduated in Electrical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 1962 where he became professor of Radio Techniques in 1975 and of Digital Signal Processing from 1985. Visiting professor at Stanford University in the years 1978 - 1988. Co-founder of two technological companies: Tele-Rilevamento Europa and Aresys, both spin off companies of Polimi.


He worked on television bandwidth compression where he invented in 1968 the technique of motion compensation, single photon emission tomography, seismic data processing, and from 1983 Synthetic Aperture Radar where he proposed the Permanent Scatterers technique. He is currently working on the design of bistatic and geosynchronous SAR systems, on Polarimetric Tomography, and on airborne radar systems.

He is member since 1993 of the ASAR Scientific Advisory Group, the Sentinel-1 Mission AG, and the BIOMASS MAG for the European Space Agency.Since 2004, Prof. Rocca has been part of the Dragon program, a joint research program in Remote Sensing sponsored by the ESA and by NRSCC in cooperation with the State Key Laboratory for Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS) Wuhan University where the program was led by Prof. Li, Deren and Ptof. Liao, Mingsheng. He was awarded the Chinese Government International Scientific Technological Cooperation Award for 2013.


Prof. Rocca co-authored more than 300 publications (h = 47, Google Scholar), and holds 12 patents.

Mingsheng Liao works in State Key Lab. of Information Eng. in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS), Wuhan University.


His areas of research experience contains remote sensing image processing and analysis, algorithms for interferometric SAR, integration and Fusion of multi-source spatial information, applications of remote sensing data


He is member of Chinese Society of Geodesy, Cartography and Photogrammetry as well as Hong Kong Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. He served as a reviewer for IEEE TGR, PE&RS, Journal of Remote Sensing,China, Journal of WHU, Journal of Shanghai University etc., and also is reviewer for the project of National Nature Foundation, State Ministry of Science and Technology,China.


Prof. Liao co-authored more than 100 publications and 4 monographs.

Timo Balz was born in Stuttgart, Germany. He received the Diploma degree (Dipl.-Geogr.) in geography and the Doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) in aerospace engineering and geodesy from the Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, in 2001 and 2007, respectively.


From fall 2001 to the end of 2007, he was a Research Assistant with the Institute for Photogrammetry, Universität Stuttgart. Between 2004 and 2005, he was a Visiting Scholar with Wuhan University, Wuhan, China. From 2008-2010, he has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS), Wuhan University. From 2010-2015 he was Associate Professor for Radar Remote Sensing with LIESMARS. Since 2015 he is Full Professor with LIESMARS.


He serves as Associate Editor for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters. He is Chair of the ISPRS Working Group I-3 on Microwave Sensing. He is also member of the Editorial Board of Geospatial Information Sciences. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific articles in journals, books, and conference proceedings.


Timo Balz’s research interests include surface motion estimation with SAR, computer visualization, radargrammetry, and the use of SAR data to support archaeological prospections.