Image processing/GIS instructional laboratory at the beginning of the 1990s
In January 1990 the Environmental Remote Sensing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed a new computer laboratory for instructional support of image processing, remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS). The laboratory consists of eight student workstations, one instructor workstation three additional computers and a number of sophisticated peripherals. Each work station is a 25 MHz 386 IBM compatible computer with at least four hundred MBytes of fixed disk, 16 Mbytes of main memory, super VGA and the 1024 x 1024 display board and monitor. All the computers in the laboratory are networked together using Ethernet cards and Lantastic. Peripherals include: color video projection equipment for both VGA monitors as well as the 1024 x 1024 color monitors, network servers as well as network matrix and laser printers, high resolution slide generating equipment, and an array processing workstation. The experiences developing and creating the laboratory and teaching experiences in courses involving remote sensing, GIS, and advanced development of image processing algorithms are presented and discussed.