Next Meeting

DateTuesday, June 30, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
LocationHoliday Inn - Akron West (Map)
Topics and AbstractsDouble-Header Night!

Flying robots and computer vision: OpenDroneMap
OpenDroneMap is an Open Source Toolkit for processing Civilian Drone,balloon, or kite imagery. As small unmanned aerial systems have dropped in price and become readily affordable, software for making meaningful geographic data from civilian drones has not. Until now. OpenDroneMap is fully Open Source postprocessing tool for highly overlapping unreferenced imagery, turning the unstructured data (simple photos) into structured data, specifically: colorized point clouds, digital surface models, textured digital surface models, and orthophotography. The project can be found at This session will act as an introduction to OpenDroneMap, give an overview of what the current status of the project is, detail what the anticipated next steps are in the project, and how you can participate as a user or contributor. This session will be presented by Stephen Mather.

Data Visualization with Tableau
It started with a brilliant computer scientist, an Academy-Award winning professor and a savvy business leader with a passion for data. They came together to solve one of the most challenging problems in software: making data understandable to ordinary people. These were the fundamental ingredients for Tableau. Tableau helps people see and understand data, and this has never been more important. This session will be presented by Daniel McLaughlin.
Speaker BiosStephen Mather has been working in GIS, Planning, and related fields since 1998, working for the last 7 years as the GIS Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He has been interested in the application of computer vision to geospatial analyses since 2004, and has recently initiated the OpenDroneMap project (, a project to bring together and extend a suite of open source computer vision software for use with UAS (drone) and street level images. He is also coauthor of the PostGIS Cookbook.

Daniel McLaughlin has been with Third Federal Savings since 1999, working with several Oracle and Microsoft products. He has worked in IT since 1992 after graduation from the University of Akron with a BS in Computer Science and later also earned an MBA also at the U of A. The last several years he has been working with BI and Analytics including Microsoft SSIS, SSAS, SSQL, SSRS, Oracle RDBMS, Power Tools for Excel, R and others. Daniel has been working with Tableau for just over a year and finds it the best visualization tool to date.
CostFree for AITP Members, $10 for Guests
RegistrationRegistration required via Eventbrite. We reserve the right to turn away walk-ins based on room capacity.

Future Meetings

September 29Software Craftsmanship GuildEric Wise
October 27Past President's Night (Internet of Things) TBD