Mark Shortis is currently Professor of Measurement Science in the School of Science, engaged in teaching, research and accreditation activities.
Mark Shortis has had an academic career spanning four decades. He commenced his career as a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, specialising in precise measurement. In his 20 year career at University of Melbourne he rose to the level of Associate Professor and was seconded to the Faculty of Engineering as Assistant Dean (IT and Multimedia). In 2003 he was appointed as Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Engineering at RMIT. After a period as Dean (Academic Development) in the College of Science, Engineering and Health, he moved across to the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Science (now the School of Science) as a teaching and research academic.
Since the early 1980s he has been active in research in precise measurement using digital and video images, for example collaborative research with NASA on the structural dynamics of aerospace models, with the University of Western Australia and Curtin University on underwater assessment of marine fish populations and habitats, with DLR Germany and ANU on the characterisation of solar concentrators for energy generation, with CSIRO Marine Research on deep water towed bodies, and with Parks Victoria on forest canopy mapping from drones. He has been a lead researcher in 30 research grants of various types, funded by ARC, AFMA and FRDC. His most significant contribution has been in the development of calibration algorithms and techniques for digital cameras.
Since the mid 1990s he has also been actively involved in major curriculum development projects, the development of multimedia simulations for online learning and the quality of teaching and learning for undergraduate tertiary education. Whilst he was Associate Dean, Dean (Academic) and Director (Program Quality), he was responsible for the quality and accreditation of all degree programs in the College of Science, Engineering and Health. He managed the accreditation of all engineering programs, both onshore and offshore, by Engineers Australia.
He has published almost 250 papers, edited proceedings and book chapters which have been cited in total more than 3400 times, leading to a Google Scholar h-index of 29. His ResearchGate score is 30.7 based on 174 contributions.
Mark Shortis teaches all or part of the following courses:
- GEOM2084 Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry 1
- GEOM2086 Surveying 1
- GEOM2116 Professional Practice
- GEOM2121 Survey Network Design and Analysis
He coordinates the professional accreditation of the surveying and geospatial science programs in the School, in particular those for the RICS and Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria.
- B Surv, M Surv Sc Melb, PhD City
Mark Shortis has extensive connections with industry through research projects, consulting and sabbatical leave. He spent a year working at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia, USA, and six months at each of University College London and Imetric SA in Switzerland. In recent times has continued the research project work with regular visits to NASA Langley.
He has been involved in professional societies at the highest levels of leadership, such as President of the Institution of Surveyors Victoria and a Founding Committee Member of the Spatial Sciences Institute, Victoria Division. His current industry connections include:
- Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
- Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute of Australia Member.
- Photogrammetric Society (U.K.) Member.
- Member of the International Editorial Board, The Photogrammetric Record
- Member of the International Editorial Board, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
- Member of the Oceania Education Standards Board of RICS
- Conference Co-Chair, SPIE Videometrics, Range Imaging and Applications.
- Co-Chair, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Working Group II/9, 2016-2020
Mark Shortis has also been the recipient of many awards, such as:
- 2012 John I. Davidson President’s Award for Practical Papers, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
- 2015 E. H. Thompson Award for the best paper in The Photogrammetric Record
- 2016 ISPRS President's Honorary Citation 2012-2016 for Technical Commission V
- 2017 SIBA/SSSI Spatial Professional of the Year
- Robson, S.,Lindsay, M.,Kyle, S.,Boehm, J.,Shortis, M. (2018). Optimized multi-camera systems for dimensional control in factory environments In: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 232, 1707 - 1718
- Siddiqui, S.,Salman, A.,Malik, M.,Shafait, F.,Mian, A.,Shortis, M.,Harvey, E. (2017). Automatic fish species classification in underwater videos: Exploiting pretrained deep neural network models to compensate for limited labelled data In: ICES Journal of Marine Sciences, 75, 374 - 389
- Shafait, F.,Harvey, E.,Shortis, M.,Mian, A.,Ravanbakhsh, M.,Seager, J.,Culverhouse, P.,Cline, D.,Edgington, D. (2017). Towards automating underwater measurement of fish length: A comparison of semi-automatic and manual stereo-video measurements In: ICES Journal of Marine Sciences, 74, 1690 - 1701
- Shortis, M.,Ravanbakhsh, M.,Shafait, F.,Mian, A. (2016). Progress in the Automated Identification, Measurement, and Counting of Fish in Underwater Image Sequences In: Marine Technology Society Journal, 50, 4 - 16
- Salman, A.,Jalal, A.,Shafait, F.,Mian, A.,Shortis, M.,Seager, J.,Harvey, E. (2016). Fish species classification in unconstrained underwater environments based on deep learning In: Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 14, 570 - 585
- Shafait, F.,Mian, A.,Shortis, M.,Ghanem, B.,Culverhouse, P.,Edgington, D.,Cline, D.,Ravanbakhsh, M.,Seager, J.,Harvey, E. (2016). Fish identification from videos captured in uncontrolled underwater environments In: ICES Journal of Marine Sciences., 73, 2737 - 2746
- Shortis, M.,Robson, S.,Jones, T.,Goad, W.,Lunsford, C. (2016). Photogrammetric tracking of aerodynamic surfaces and aerospace models at NASA langley research center In: Proceedings of the 23rd ISPRS Congress, Prague, The Czech Republic, 12-19 July 2016
- Ravanbakhsh, M.,Shortis, M.,Shafait, F.,Mian, A.,Harvey, E.,Seager, J. (2015). Automated fish detection in underwater images using shape-based level sets In: Photogrammetric Record, 30, 46 - 62
- Boutros, N.,Shortis, M.,Harvey, E. (2015). A comparison of calibration methods and system configurations of underwater stereo-video systems for applications in marine ecology In: Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 13, 224 - 236
- Shortis, M. (2015). Calibration techniques for accurate measurements by underwater camera systems In: Sensors, 15, 30810 - 30826
- Camera Calibration and Performance Database. Funded by: International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing from (2018 to 2019)
- Automation of species recognition and size measurement of fish from underwater stereo-video imagery. Administered by University of Western Australia.. Funded by: ARC Linkage Projects via other University pre-2014 from (2012 to 2015)