The Geovation Group


The Geovation Group was established in 2019, and builds on the legacy of the Foothills Facility for Remote Sensing, a co-directed lab that was created in 2005. This new group is directed by Dr Geoff Hay. We conduct operational and curiosity-driven research in urban remote sensing within the scientific frameworks of GIScience, Landscape Ecology, GEOBIA (Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis), Computer Vision and Machine Learning.


Our Mission is to provide a stimulating environment and exceptional resources in Remote Sensing and GIScience for the development of innovative geospatial solutions to pressing urban challenges, and for the training of a new generation of geospatial scientists.

Scientific Goal

Our scientific goal is to develop and operationally apply innovative theoretical and methodological approaches to better understand, map, monitor, model and communicate the multi-scale dynamics of urban ecosystem patterns and processes.

Generous support for this research has been provided by the following groups and organizations