Lassonde researchers are mapping Canada’s waterways, improving sea traffic

Two professors out of York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering are taking an innovative approach to map the waterways of northern Canada.

Geomatics Engineering Professors Costas Armenakis and Mojgan Jadidi, in the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, have introducing crowd-sourced data collection in an effort to map the waterways.

The mapping effort includes a focus on underwater depth which is important for sea traffic and environmental impacts. As the area is very large, the mapping will require a massive effort.

As part of the Canadian Ocean Mapping Research and Education Network (COMREN) Armenakis and Jadidi are collaborating with the Centre Interdisciplinaire pour le Développement de la Cartographie des Océans (CIDCO) and the University of New Brunswick in working with Aboriginal communities to gather data using various sensors, such as GPS and underwater depth sensors.

The data collection will be done during regular activities, such as fishing trips.

The local communities will also be involved in the discussions on how the new knowledge will be managed, shared and integrated into products that individuals, communities and businesses can use. The idea is to integrate, not replace, Inuit knowledge about northern sea conditions and safety at sea.

The goal is not only to gather the data, but also to learn how to best collect, process, and share crowd-sourced water depth data.

As a result, this will enable the Northern communities to build capacity, use the technology, and provide trusted data to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, namely the Canadian Hydrographic Service. The approach can be extended through the north to other regions of the world, says Armenakis.

The project is funded by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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Undergrad Students: Apply Now for NSERC USRA and LURA Awards

Undergraduate students can apply for awards via the NSERC USRA and LURA awards (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Undergraduate Student Research Awards and Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award).

Deadline to apply is February 27.

Details regarding the application process can be found online at:

Information Sessions will be held on:

  • January 23, 2 PM – 3 PM, hosted by Faculty of Science (will mainly focus on USRA), LSB 105
  • January 24, 9 AM – 10:30 AM, hosted by Lassonde (will cover LURA and USRA), BRG 211
  • January 25, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, hosted by Lassonde (will cover LURA and USRA), BRG 211
  • February 7, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, hosted by Lassonde (will cover LURA and USRA), BRG 211
  • February 8, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, hosted by Lassonde (will cover LURA and USRA), BRG 211


Funded MSc Positions: Crowdsource Bathymetric Data Management Platform and Web-Based Visual Analytics

Geomatics Engineering Program at York University, Toronto, are offering two funded MSc positions for graduate studies in early January 2018 or in May 2018. Interested applicants, please email: and

For more info, click here.

JOB POSTING: Elections Ontario- PREO GIS Data Technologist

Job Opportunity with Elections Ontario
PREO GIS Data Technologist
Temporary Assignment January 2, 2018– December 31, 2018

Posting Date:  November 22, 2017

How to apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter as one attachment quoting File # EO-2017-124 to  no later than November 28, 2017.

Full Detailed Job Posting can be found online at:

Geomatics Program featured in AOLS Magazine

The latest issue of the AOLS magazine features several articles related to our Geomatics program.

The magazine can be found online at:

NASA Group Achievement Award

As pictured above, five Lassonde researchers from the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering (ESSE) were presented with certificates by NASA “For exceptional technical innovations and execution of rover surface operations leading to numerous, profound new discoveries about the ancient climate and habitability of Mars.” From left to right these are Casey A. Moore (PhD Candidate), Dr. Christina L. Smith (Postdoctoral Fellow), Prof. John E. Moores, Jacob Kloos (PhD Candidate) and Dr. John Burton (absent from photo).


Prof. John Moores and four other researchers in his Planetary Volatiles Laboratory from the Lassonde School of Engineering have been presented with the NASA Group Achievement Award for their contributions to the Mars Science Laboratory’s (popularly known as the Curiosity Rover) first extended mission, which completed in 2016.


The research group is directly involved with rover operations, with students helping to decide each day which tasks the spacecraft will carry out on Mars. Once those tasks are completed, scientific measurements are taken and the data are returned to Earth, the same students complete the analysis required to yield new discoveries, such as the water-ice clouds glimpsed above Gale Crater by the Group in August.


“It’s a great feeling to be recognized for what the team has accomplished, but the work of exploring Mars and its past and present environment continues!” noted Moores, whose students are also a part of the 2nd Extended Mission of Curiosity, currently underway.


Geomatica Award 2017 – Prix Geomatica 2017

The Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) is delighted to announce the first recipient of its new prestigious award, “Geomatica”: Dr. Costas Armenakis, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, at York University. The Geomatica award is presented to someone who has contributed to the advancement of geomatics in Canada in an exceptional manner. Dr. Armenakis has an exceptional record of contributions with over 30 years of experience in the field of geomatics and, more specifically, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and GIS. After a successful career as a research scientist for Natural Resources Canada, Dr. Armenakis started an academic career in Geomatics Engineering at York University. He has represented Canada on the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) for over 25 years, chaired many geomatics conferences and symposiums in Canada, has been involved as Associate Editor in diverse scientific journals, including Geomatica, and contributed to professional organizations like CIG for over two decades. We are delighted to recognize Dr. Armenakis’ outstanding contribution to our field with this new prestigious award.


Please join us in congratulating Dr. Armenakis!

ESSE Summer BBQ 2017

On July 12th, 2017, ESSE faculty, staff, and graduate students gathered together for yet another annual ESSE Summer BBQ.

Under the burning July sun, Team Rainbow and Team Shirts confronted each other on the soccer field. Team Rainbow bore the palm, yet the final score remains unknown…

The soccer game was followed by the delicious lunch at The Orange Snail.


L’Oscars 2017

Back on May 25th, 2017, Lassonde Awards ceremony has taken place for the academic year of 2016-2017. Congratulations to all the award recipients from ESSE Department!