Professor Jon Mills
Professor of Geomatic Engineering / Head of School

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    Room 2.10
    Cassie Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU


Jon is Professor of Geomatic Engineering and the Head of the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. He also leads the "monitoring and observation" theme within the University's Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research (CESER). Jon is currently an elected Member of Council for the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS, 2012-16), has previously served as President of ISPRS Technical Commission V on close range image measurement techniques (2008-12), and as Chair of ISPRS Working Group I/4 on airborne digital sensor systems (2004-08). His research aims to develop optimised photogrammetric and laser scanning solutions for measurement, mapping, monitoring and parameterisation of engineering models and has been disseminated through the publication of over 150 papers in refereed journals, conference proceedings and professional periodicals. Jon's work has also been highlighted in the national and international media.

Roles and Responsibilities

Head of School; February 2011-present.


Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education; 2000.
PhD in Digital Photogrammetry; 1996.
First Class BSc (Hons) in Surveying Science; 1993.


Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Member, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
Fellow, Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (FCInstCES)
Member, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society

Industrial Experience

Chartered Surveyor with experience in the provision of individually tailored CPD courses and specialist consultancy projects in geomatics related subjects. e.g. specifications, professional guidance and short courses.


Research Interests

Optimised photogrammetric and laser scanning solutions for measurement, mapping, modelling, monitoring and parameterisation of engineering models, comprising:

  • Cal/val of data from new/integrated earth observation sensor systems and platforms;
  • Novel methods and models for fusing multi-modal earth observation data;
  • Automated methods of information extraction from imagery.

Postgraduate Supervision

Currently supervisor / co-supervisor to seven full-time PhD students:

  • Polpreecha Chidburee (Thailand)
  • Lyndsey Graham (UK)
  • Ben Grayson (UK)
  • Chris Haworth (UK)
  • Andrew McClune (UK)
  • Maria Peppa (Greece)
  • Zheng Wang (China)

Previous PhD primary supervisions:

  • Abdulhamed Gneeniss (Libya): 2014
  • Matthias Kunz (Germany): 2013
  • Chih-Heng Wang (Taiwan): 2013
  • Fanar Abed (Iraq): 2012
  • Andy Hardy (UK): 2011
  • Yu-Ching Lin (Taiwan): 2009
  • Kwasi Appeaning Addo (Ghana): 2008
  • Shih-Yuan Lin (Taiwan): 2007
  • Pauline Miller (UK): 2007
  • Richard Eyers (UK): 2006
  • Saad Al-Hamlan (Saudi Arabia): 2005
  • Simon Buckley (UK): 2003
  • David Barber (UK): 2003 

Esteem Indicators

Elected Member of ISPRS Council (Treasurer); 2012-2016. 

Trustee & Chair of Grants Evaluation Committee, The ISPRS Foundation (TIF); 2012-present.

Editorial Board member, Geo-spatial Information Science; 2011-present.

International Editorial Advisory Committee member, The West Indian Journal of Engineering; 2011-2014.

Convenor: ISPRS Commission V Symposium; Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; 21-24 June 2010.

President of ISPRS Technical Commission V; 2008-2012.

RICS Mapping and Positioning Practice Panel member; 2008-present.

Convenor: RSPSoc Annual Conference 2007; Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; 11-14 September 2007.

Chair of ISPRS Working Group I/4: Airborne digital photogrammetric sensor systems; 2004-2008.

Peer Review College member, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); 2003-2005.

Editorial Board member, Geomatics World; 2003-present.

International Editorial Board member, Photogrammetric Record; 2002-present.

RSPSoc ISPRS Committee member; 2001-present.

Harper Somers Visiting Fellow, University of Newcastle, Australia; 2001.

ICES Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing Expert Panel member; 2000-2008.

Council member of the RSPSoc (formerly the Photogrammetric Society); 1998-2002.

Journal Guest Editor:

  • Photogrammetric Record; Special Issue, "ISPRS Commission V Symposium"; Dec 2011.
  • Photogrammetric Record; Special Issues, "ISPRS Hannover Workshop"; Sept and Dec 2008.
  • ISPRS Journal; Theme Issue "Digital Aerial Cameras"; Sept 2006.

Research Funding 

Ongoing externally funded projects include:

  • Cultural heritage through time (AHRC, PI, £143k);
  • The spatial and temporal distribution of 20th Century Antarctic Peninsula glacier mass change and its drivers (NERC, PI, £125k).

Undergraduate Teaching

Undergraduate degree programmes in geomatics, civil engineering and physical geography.

Contributor to CEG1701: Fieldcourse (20 credits)