The ISPRS Geospatial Week 2017: A Meeting of Hundreds of Foreign Experts on Surveying and Mapping, and Remote Sensing in Wuhan, Hubei, China

by Sheryl Rose Reyes

By Jing Li

The ISPRS Geospatial Week (ISPRS GSW), held every two years, is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive technical conferences focused on Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing to Geospatial information. This year, ISPRS GSW 2017 will be held in Wuhan, and a huge number of specialists and experts from all over the world will come together to join this conference.

To be international

The ISPRS Geospatial Week 2017 (GSW 2017) will be held in Wuhan, China from September 18th to 22nd. “This will be an International conference,” Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering Deren Li said.

Introduction of ISPRS and GSW

In 1910, International Society of Photogrammetry was established in Vienna, and has a history over one hundred years. Since 1980, the society has changed its name into International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).

ISPRS covers a wide range of researching topics from Photogrammetry Remote Sensing to Geospatial information with its members from over 100 countries.

There are 5 Technical Commissions as well as a number of Scientific Steering Committees to guide the academic activities from all over the world and to investigate the development of this field.

Each Commission is entrusted to an Ordinary Member organization for a four-year term between Congresses. Ordinary Members seeking responsibility for a Commission shall submit proposals for hosting the Commission and are elected by the General Assembly at the Congress.

The direction of a Technical Commission is the responsibility of a President and Secretary, with the support of the hosting Ordinary Member, and with the guidance and approval of the Council.

Technical Commission organizes Working Groups, and each Commission arranges a Symposium between Congresses, for which it is entirely responsible.

These five Technical Commissions contain Sensor Systems Commission, Photogrammetry Commission, Remote Sensing Commission, Spatial Information Science Commission as well as Education and Outreach Commission.

The ISPRS Geospatial Week (GSW) is launched in order to meet the requirement of scientific development and society. There will be 10 workshop topics for the 3rd GSW.

10 topics organized by ISPRS workshops

These 10 topics organized by the ISPRS workshops include the 5th International Workshop on Web Mapping, Geoprocessing and Services, Laser Scanning, indoor 3D 2017, the 10th International Symposium on Spatial Data Quality, the 2017 International Workshop on Image and Data Fusion, the Third International Conference on Spatial Data Mining and Geographical Knowledge Service, the 2017 ISPRS International Workshop on Advances in SAR: Constellation, Signal processing, and Applications, ISPRS Workshop on Photogrammetric 3D Reconstruction for Geo-Applications 2017 and the 2017 ISPRS Workshop on Cryosphere and Hydrosphere for Global Change Studies.

The topics will be decided by the team leaders and the deputy leader of every workshop in more details.

GSW 2017 also contains various forms to present the main content, such as special reports of the Congress and exhibitions in terms of the new achievements in this field.

Academician Deren Li also emphasized, the GSW 2017 will combine with the Oriental elements to promote the communication between the East and the West.

The highlights of GSW 2017

The GSW 2017 will be the rare platform, which mainly presents the high-resolution earth observation and Beidou Navigation Satellite System, the VR program and the research on intelligent robot in Wuhan University.

The intelligent robot that possesses the vision sensors, the aural sensors and the face recognition technology is able to walk, test and recognize objects autonomously.

Motivation of Wuhan University

To host ISPRS Geospatial Week is absolutely a precious opportunity to China especially to Wuhan University. Moreover, specialists and experts will some together to share the recent academic achievements and experiences as well as promoting the development of the related fields.

“Meanwhile, we plan to gain the publicity to the third world countries and invite them, especially to some countries around Asia Pacific. We also invite some researchers from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and some from neighbor countries,” he said.

At last, Academician Deren Li emphasized that, “I hope, the new generation should come here to communicate with researchers, from the developed countries, and these people represent our future and wishes of sustainable development. I believe this congress can contribute to this.”

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