Report on the Advances in Geomatics Research Conference by Dr.Anthony Gidudu

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The Department of Geomatics and Land Management at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda hosts a biennial conference series on Advances in Geomatics Research. This conference is motivated by the need to promote Geomatics Scholarship, build professional networks, and to keep abreast with the state of the art in the country and region at large. This year, we were privileged to host the 5th edition of the conference from the 1st – 2nd August 2019 with the theme ‘Geomatics for Development’. The conference was participated in by students, academicians, professionals in industry, and both local and international sponsors. The conference was preceded by 5 pre-conferences on SAR, Humanitarian Mapping, Land Degradation Monitoring and Assessment Using Earth Observation, QGIS and Mobile data collection, and GNSS applications.

The SAR remote sensing workshop was carried out in conjunction with the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing who sponsored the travel of Prof. Dr. Mahdi Motagh of the Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation (ISPRS), Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany. The Humanitarian Mapping workshop, on the other hand, was run in conjunction with the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS). The Land Degradation Monitoring and Assessment Workshop was conducted by the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) based in Nairobi, Kenya. This workshop was conducted under the auspices of the GMES and Africa project. The Introduction to QGIS and Mobile Data Collection and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Application workshops were conducted by staff in the Department of Geomatics and Land Management. The participants of the training workshops were drawn from industry, government agencies, civil society, other universities in Uganda, and both Makerere University graduate and undergraduate students.

The conference received about 30 abstracts from Austria, Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal, Ethiopia, Morocco, the Netherlands, and Uganda. The topics of interest covered included Adoption of Drone Technology, Artificial Intelligence, CORS Networks, GIS Modeling, GNSS Applications, Land Administration and Management, Ontologies, Open data, Remote Sensing Applications, and SAR.  The keynote speakers were Professor Tony Oyana from the College of Computing and Information Systems at Makerere University, where he is a Professor of Geoinformation; Ms. Milly Mbuliro, a Remote Sensing Specialist at the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), a regional intergovernmental agency spanning the River Nile Basin; Prof. Dr. Mathias Schardt from Graz University of Technology in Austria; and Dr. Emmanuel Nkurunziza the Director General at the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Nairobi Kenya.

We are grateful to all sponsors whose support went a long way in making this conference a success. We acknowledge the various authors who submitted their abstracts. We are also appreciative of all the participants who made time to come to Kampala, Uganda for the conference.


Dr. Anthony Gidudu

Associate Professor and Conference Convener


Group Photograph of Participants

SAR Preconference Workshop

Keynote Speakers

Conference Participants


One of the Conference Exhibitors – South African Based Microdrones


Pre-Conference Workshop on Land Degradation Monitoring and Assessment


Makerere University GIS Center where some of the pre-training workshops took place


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