Planet Mapping: The Science of 3D Maps

Find out what tools and techniques are enabling today’s modern cartographers to render 3D maps.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


October 30, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


Advanced tickets $10 , at the door $15

Our world is constantly being captured through GPS, cameras, satellites, and scanners and rendered by algorithms into navigable maps of Planet Earth. But how are 3D maps really made? How is the data collected?

Hear from some of the hottest startups in the field about the science and technology behind 3D map making—from data collection, to processing, to display—and discover how you can make your own 3D maps.

During the event, enjoy the visual stimulation of the PLACEMAKERS exhibit on view at swissnex San Francisco.


6:30 pm doors open
7:00 pm intro
7:10 pm talks + Q&A
8:45 pm networking reception


Eric Fischer

Eric Fischer is a data artist and software developer at Mapbox. He was previously an artist in residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco and before that was on the Android team at Google. His work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and has appeared in many web and print publications including Wired, Popular Science, and Best American Infographics. He is particularly interested in using geographic data to understand and improve the pedestrian and transit experience in cities.

Antoine Martin

Antoine Martin earned Master’s of Sciences in Electronics and Ocean Engineering and has worked with companies from Fortune 50 to startups in the areas of airborne surveying and robotics. He has been working in the UAV/Drone sector since 2008, helping over 25 companies expand their business in this emerging industry. He joined Pix4D in 2014 to lead the US office, Pix4D Inc, supporting US customers and partners to grow their own businesses by using automated image processing. Pix4D is a spinoff of the EPFL in Switzerland.

Louay Eldada

Louay Eldada is Founder and CEO of Quanergy Systems, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based company developing and manufacturing 3D mapping LiDAR sensors and real-time sensing systems. He is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and sold three businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Prior to Quanergy, Eldada held executive and senior positions at SunEdison, HelioVolt, Amprius, DuPont, Telephotonics, Corning, Honeywell, and IBM. He received 50 technical awards and 66 patents. He holds a Ph.D. degree in optoelectronics from Columbia University and studied business administration at Harvard, MIT, and Stanford.

Dan Lopez

Dan Lopez is an innovative entrepreneur and architect who has advised a wide variety of web-centric businesses and brands by lending his creative, strategic, and technological vision. With leadership and technology experience that spans over a decade, Mr. Lopez is a seasoned startup and open source veteran, with domain expertise in Federal, Defense, and consumer web. Having served as Director of Technology at JUXT in the heart of Silicon Valley, and Web Architect at the Linux Foundation, he has built bleeding edge consumer-facing technology and applications. Mr. Lopez leverages his engineering expertise, and a focus on open source and cloud technologies, to harness imagination and entrepreneurial spirit.

Greg Asner

The remote sensing techniques developed by Greg Asner and his team are viewed as among the most advanced in the world for exploring Earth’s changing ecosystems in unprecedented detail and richness. Using airborne and satellite technologies such as laser scanning and hyperspectral imaging, combined with field work and computer modeling, Asner measures and qualifies humans’ impact on regions from the American Southwest to the Brazilian Amazon.


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This event is part of the Bay Area Science Festival as well as Image as Location, a week that explores the relationship between people, pictures, and places brought to you by Books in Browsers, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Goethe Institut, Gray Area Art and Technology, swissnex San Francisco, and the Berkeley Center for New Media.

*Image courtesy of Mozilla Location Service, Mapbox, and OpenStreetMap contributors


Photo: Myleen Hollero

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