Report on the Student Activities at the 38th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing: Space Applications Touching Human Lives
by Sheryl Rose Reyes (comments: 0)
Charles Jjuuko and Angelica Kristina Monzon
Charles Jjuuko and Angelica Kristina Monzon
The Asian Association of Remotes Sensing (AARS) organises the Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS) as an annual event providing a platform for professionals, scientists, and other groups in the community to interact and share knowledge and experience in the related field of Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics. This year, the 38th conference was held in the Ashok Hotel in the green city of New Delhi, India. The conference regularly attracts various researchers, professionals, and students from all over Asia and other parts of the world. Recognised as one of the significant groups in the community, students were always given opportunities to build their professional networks and connections with other peers and experts coming from diverse places to encourage interaction and potential collaborations in the future. Led by AARS Student Group and supported by the ISPRS Student Consortium (ISPRS SC), various student activities were organised on the 25th of October (Day 3) of the ACRS 2017. These activities included the WEBCON 7, the Student Session and the Students’ Night.
Now on its 7th year, the WEBCON competition continued to gather much interest and enthusiasm from students, young researchers and seasoned professionals alike. Seven teams put forth their respective entries to compete for the most innovative web materials related to geospatial information sciences. A special presentation was also given by students from Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan at the opening of the WEBCON competition.
The session was chaired by Dr. Fuan Tsai, professor from the National Center University, Taiwan, and co-chaired by Ms. Sheryl Rose Reyes (ISPRS SC Chair) from the United Nations University, Japan. Dr. Tsai and Ms. Reyes have been involved in the conceptualisation, organisation, and conduct of the WEBCON event since its conception and first session back in 2010. The WEBCON remains one of the highlights of the student activities in ACRS until today.
The WEBCON 7 entries included the following projects: (1) Next Generation GIS Data management framework: The integration of desktop, mobile and web platform by Shiva Reddy Koti & Prabhakar Alok Verma from India; (2) Spatial Online Tool for Crop Land Suitability Analysis by Gautam Dadhich from India; (3) Friend-in-need: App based on crowd-sourced Geo-data for connecting volunteers and non-profit of humanitarian activities and for helping by Vaibhav Raj from India; (4) Web Analytics for Solar Energy Potential by Shweta Mishra & Pankaj Badoni from India; (5) CM Living Web Application Project by Sudarat Peeloung, Naphat Tunprakornkun & Kridsana Udtarun from Thailand; (6) A Geospatial Web Search Engine by Tse-Chun Wang from Taiwan, and; (7) Application of Guide System using Virtual Reality at National Central University by Hsuan-Yi Li & Kai-Yen Chang from Taiwan. The teams were given eight minutes each to present their entries to the judges and the audience. A free demonstration followed the presentations that gave the teams the opportunity to showcase the implementation of their web-based applications and answer more specific inquiries from the judges and audience. The judges for the WEBCON 7 include: Dr. Christian Heipke, ISPRS Council President; Dr. Kohei Cho, General Secretary of the Asian Association of Remote Sensing; Dr. Sameer Saran, Co-Chair of the ISPRS Working Group V/3 and Head of the Geoinformatics Department of the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing; and Dr. Fuan Tsai.
The criteria for the selection of winners included: general utility and importance of output, scalability and elegance of design; clarity, efficiency and portability of implementation; and originality. Tse-Chun Wang from Taiwan brought home the bronze prize of USD100 for “A Geospatial Web Search Engine.” The gold prize of USD150 went to the two teams from India: one to Shiva Reddy Koti & Prabhakar Alok Verma for the “Next Generation GIS Data management framework: The integration of desktop, mobile and web platform.” and the other went to Vaibhav Raj for “Friend-in-need: App based on crowd-sourced Geo-data for connecting volunteers and non-profit of humanitarian activities and for helping.” Learn more about their entries in the featured articles in the Newsletter. WARM CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!
The Student Session is a special session in ACRS dedicated to presentation about universities across Asia with degree programmes and research in the fields of remote sensing, photogrammetry, GIS, and other geospatial information sciences. An event led and facilitated by the board members of the ISPRS SC, this session was aimed for students to learn more about the learning environment of their peers studying elsewhere in the world and to potentially identify areas for collaboration and support among the members of the SC network. ISPRS SC board members Sheryl Rose Reyes and Angelica Monzon served as the Student Session Chair and Co-chair, respectively. Ms. Reyes opened the session with a warm welcome to all the attendees of the Student Session and gave a few minutes to Dr. Bruce Forster of the Asia Pacific Remote Sensing Pty. Ltd to briefly talk about the Australian Earth Observation Series Volumes that are now freely available online. (See this link for more details http://www.crcsi.com.au/earth-observation-series/access-granted)
Ms. Reyes opened the presentations by giving insights on the student group under the AARS and the student activities in the ACRS and AARS at large. Ms. Monzon gave an introduction to the SC and its activities such as the Summer Schools, the Youth Forum at the ISPRS Congress, the Newsletter publication (SpeCtrum), the new website, and the communication media channels of the SC. Moving on with the highlights of the Student Session, seven students proudly showcased their universities and departments through 8-minute presentations. The universities represented in the session were: University of the Philippines by Charmaine Cruz; IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands by Charles Jjuuko; TERI University, India by Arun Murali Aakansha; University of Milano, Italy by Luca Fallati; Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan by Min Lung Cheng; Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan by Hayami Saso and Tamaki Kobayashi; National Central University, China Taipei by Yikeng Cheng.
This year’s student night was held in Hotel Samrat on the 25th of October 2017 with over fifty (50) students in attendance. Each participant was treated to a cup of coffee and a host of Indian snacks. To encourage more interaction among the participants outside their usual companions during the conference, each participant was called to join in a game called “Human Bingo.” The mechanics of the game: each person was given a paper with 24 different attributes of individuals. The goal was to find an individual from the participants that does not belong within their own table and that fits one of the 24 attributes listed on the paper. In this way, the participants were encouraged to start conversations with other participants in other tables and groups by asking if they fit any of the attributes in their bingo cards.
It was such an engaging activity that some participants went through with the conversations even beyond the ten minutes’ duration of the game. Students have responded positively to the game and appraised it as a great ice breaker that compelled them to talk with other students in the event and establish further connections through social media.
The highlight of the night was dance time. The DJ of the night treated the participants to a variety of Bollywood music to which they danced throughout the rest of the student night. The Indian participants led the dances and enthusiastically taught everybody some dance moves that brought a lot of excitement in the event. The dancing continued throughout the rest of the evening followed by a photography session by all the participants in the lobby of Hotel Samrat. Overall, the event has succeeded in fostering camaraderie and developing connections between the student participants of the conference. More photos available at the ISPRS-SC website.