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11.02.2015

STARS showcase in the Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 2015

Asia, a continent encompassing  a massive population and a rapid financial and industrial growth, has been lately in the forefront of Earth Observation and Information Systems. Several commercial and governmental satellites are launched increasingly from China, Japan, India and Thailand, just to mention a few. As the capacity of the technological infrastructure and the associated skilled personnel will continue to increase given the educational boost most developing countries have received, a conference revolving around the Remote Sensing community of this continent is indispensable. Such a symposium was organized during 19-23 October 2015 in Manila, Philippines where more than 600 participants converged for the 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing dedicated to fostering resilient growth in Asia.

Manila, an Asian megacity, hosted the 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing.


STARS was there as well and presented a showcase of the efforts currently undertaken by ITC and the Asian partner of STARS, CIMMYT in Bangladesh. A strong interest in the agriculture applications was apparent with many participants demonstrating their concern on monitoring agriculture effectively with the use or Remote Sensing technology. Several common scientific fields were identified, such as the efforts of GISTDA in estimating the start and the end of growing season, a comparison of SIFT and Agisoft for running a mosaicking module for UAV images, and the shift to classification of VHSR data from most presentations focusing on land use/land change studies. Discussing with vendors participating in STARS already, Blackbridge have been indicating their will to support us in analyzing their dataset while Digital Globe presented their efforts of leveraging geospatial big data, a philosophy of shifting from computer-based operations to cloud-based operations in image and algorithmic perspectives. An impressive number of new UAV systems and satellite image distributors were found at the exhibitors hall. Notably a Chinese distributor, 21AT, presented their upcoming constellation of the three TripleSat satellites able to acquire data daily with sensors inheriting specifications equivalent of those of the ceased Ikonos satellite.  It is to be seen with the end of the commissioning phase later on this year what the quality of the data is and how useful such a very high temporal resolution can aid the efforts of applying RS on smallholder agriculture.  Last but not least, several former ITC students engaged with STARS representatives and shared their interest and stories from ITC during the conference; an ITC-alumni meeting was organized as well.

For more information: see the STARS conference proceedings paper and the STARS presentation at the conference. They both are available as downloads in the download section of this webpage.

The opening ceremony with award winners.