Unconvential LIDAR mapping, such as mapping from air (Airborne Laser Scanning, ALS), terrestrial (Terrestrial Laser Scanning, TLS) and mobile (Mobile Laser Scanning, MLS) platforms will be a strong focus of the department of remote sensing and photogrammetry and Centre of Excellence. Juha Hyyppä has recently given presentations on the development and future prospects of the field in the 54th Photogrammetic week, Stuttgart and ICASD workshop, Köln, and will be a keynote speaker in Silvilaser Conference, Beijing