MOTIVATE Learning: Making Opportunities to Initiate Valuable Alliance through Experiential Learning

Introduction

The ISPRS Student Consortium (ISPRS SC) is the official representation of the youth to ISPRS and collaborates with Working Group V/5 – Promotion of the Profession to the Youth for its activities. Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) is Thailand’s public organization leading the country’s activities in space technology and geo-informatics applications. In addition, GISTDA is currently the secretariat for the recently established ASEAN Research and Training Center for Space Technology and Applications (ARTSA), which aims to provide services in education and training, knowledge sharing and enhancement, and awareness raising in geo-informatics. MOTIVATE Learning project is a collaboration among the ISPRS SC, GISTDA Thailand and ARTSA that aims to build the capabilities of students and young professionals in the fields of remote sensing, photogrammetry and spatial information sciences. MOTIVATE Learning is comprised of two programs: (1) ISPRS SC Summer School + Hackathon and (2) The Spatial Exchange Program. The ISPRS SC Summer School follows the conventional design of the summer schools, with the addition of the 2-day hackathon as a challenging activity after the lectures, practical sessions and break-out sessions, which aims to encourage participants to conceptualize ideas and create applications that can address real world problems. The Spatial Exchange Program is a 10-day exchange program for students and young professionals, in which the participants will be guided by a visiting researcher and will be hosted in Space Krenovation Park, GISTDA at Chon Buri, Thailand. Participants will choose an area of interest and a research question to work with and to write the corresponding manuscript in solving the research question during the program.

MOTIVATE Learning is one of the projects supported by the ISPRS Education and Capacity Building Initiative 2018 and is a collaborative project among the ISPRS SC, GISTDA Thailand and ARTSA that aims to build the capabilities of students and young professionals in the fields of remote sensing, photogrammetry and spatial information sciences. As the first project on educational and capacity building, this initiative also marks the beginning of the ISPRS SC’s collaboration and partnership with various regional and global organizations, in promoting activities for the youth for their professional development and exploring the possibilities of nurturing future leaders in the profession. 

Motivate, as defined by Oxford Dictionary, means “to provide (someone) with a reason for doing something.” Students and young professionals are often challenged in finding purpose for a long-term career and in establishing a network of colleagues and mentors outside their universities or organizations. Students often encounter the questions about pursuing a postgraduate degree, and difficulties in finding opportunities to learn outside their universities at a minimum cost, and obstacles in identifying the careers that may suit them best. MOTIVATE Learning aims to help students and young professionals by providing an opportunity to learn by experience, through collaboration with peers and mentors. 

MOTIVATE Learning will be a platform of collaboration among students, young professionals, experts, professors and the industry to provide a bigger perspective of the profession as well as to establish relationships within the scientific community and the industry. Furthermore, MOTIVATE Learning believes in investing in knowledge through educational campaigns and capacity building efforts. The ISPRS SC continues to identify the possibilities of re-designing and adding flexibility to one of its major activities, the summer school, by introducing new methods of learning and encouraging more interaction among the participants, lecturers, industry experts and other individuals providing knowledge and assistance to this specific activity. 

MOTIVATE Learning will be implementing two programs: (1) ISPRS SC Summer School + Hackathon and (2) The Spatial Exchange Program. 

The ISPRS SC Summer School + Hackathon

This summer school will focus mainly on training participants with state-of-the-art technology through 3 days of intensive lectures and practical sessions, promoting collaboration through break-out sessions and a 2-day hackathon, and communicating science through presentations and will deliver concepts and tools that are related to the summer school theme. The design of the summer school program is as follows and will run for 5 days during 6-10 August 2018 : 

  • Lectures and Practical Sessions

Lectures on topics relevant to space and geo-informatics applications will be delivered by prominent professors and experts in the field and will be accompanied by practical sessions. Practical sessions are not limited to learning through computers, but may also include group exercises that will challenge participants in thinking about real world problems and boost their presentation skills.

  • Break-Out Sessions

In this summer school, the social events will be replaced by break-out sessions, which will encourage participants to work in groups and with one another for brainstorming ideas for the hackathon. This is also the allotted time for the participants to conceptualize their ideas for their proposed application.

  • Industry Visit and Demonstration

Industry experts will also be invited in the summer school and a company visit will be conducted along with a technical demonstration of the latest technologies in remote sensing, photogrammetry, and other spatial information sciences. Students and young professionals are the future users of technology and this will be a great advantage for the industry to showcase their equipment, services, and/or software to participants coming from different universities and organizations.

  • Presentation of Concepts

Each group will be given 10 minutes to present the background of their proposal, objectives, significance, methodology/workflow, target users and other computational specifications.

  • Hackathon

The last 2 days of the summer school will be the hackathon. The type of hackathon will be decided depending on the theme and the potential applications that may be developed. The last session on the second day will be a short demonstration of the hackathon outputs.

The Spatial Exchange Program

The activity is envisioned as a pioneering collaboration among the organizations involved, which aims to strengthen the linkages between students and young professionals with prominent professors and experts in the profession leading to future collaborations. The program aims to increase the mobility of future experts and leaders in the fields of remote sensing, photogrammetry and spatial information sciences. This event will be organized right after the summer school for 8 days during 13-20 August 2018 and invited lecturers or mentors will also be considered as the visiting researchers. The target number of participants is from 12 to 16 individuals.

The Spatial Exchange Program will be implemented by inviting international professors and local experts as major mentors for mini project or special problem of participants under leaning by doing concept and will be overseen by the board members of the ISPRS SC and WG V/5 Chair. Applications for the program will be opened to students and young professionals and researchers, with priority given to applications from developing countries. Applicants are requested to express your interested topic in application form related with 4 special topics as below but will not be limited to the following trends in remote sensing and spatial information sciences. Mini project will be implemented under supervision of local experts utilized GISTDA facilities follow with presentation on 20 August. 

  • Field Methods in Sustainability Science: Mapping Using UAVs

International mentor : (To be confirmed)

Local mentor : (To be confirmed)

The United Nations 2030 Agenda, more popularly known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), consists of 17 goals and 169 targets that aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. The potential of using remote sensing technology in achieving these goals are continuously being explored and field methods are being established. Drones are cost-effective equipment that can aid in mapping the environment. The possibilities of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for addressing the SDGs are the focus of this topic.

  • A Synergistic Approach on Mapping Using Remote Sensing and GIS

International mentor : (To be confirmed)

Local mentor : Dr.Sitthisak Moukomla, GISTDA, Thailand

With the evolution of technology, different kinds of satellite imageries are now being collected by various satellite missions. In the past, data scarcity used to be one of the major challenges, but in the present, the era of big data has arrived. How do we make use of different satellite imageries and is it possible to develop a robust synergistic approach on mapping using remote sensing and GIS? This topic aims to explore which satellite imageries can be used in addressing scientific and societal issues and to develop a potential methodology on how to improve results through a synergistic mapping approach.

  • Communicating Science: How Can We Use Maps to Tell Stories?

International mentor : (To be confirmed)

Local mentor : Dr.Tanita Suepa, GISTDA, Thailand

As scientists and researchers, one of the major challenges for the youth and even the scientific community is how to communicate science to the public and how do we translate these scientific results into stories that can help people understand the issues in the society that we are trying to address. Maps are often used as visuals but in this changing world, maps can help tell the world stories – from how the land cover changes, how trees breathe in different seasons and how the oceans change in color – and what are their implications in our daily life and our future. This topic aims to train students and young professionals in communicating science through the World Wide Web, through presentations (both technical and non-technical), using social media and writing articles. 

  • Geo-Bigdata for disaster management

Mentor : Asst. Prof. Dr. Peerapon Vateekul, Chulalongkorn Uinversit, Thailand

             Dr.Kulsawasd Jitkajornwanich, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand

Smart mobile phone, Social media, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) are driving data complexity, new forms and sources of data. Big data analytics is the use of advanced analytic techniques against very large, diverse data sets that include structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, from different sources, and in different sizes from terabytes to zettabytes. Big data comes from sensors, devices, video/audio, networks, log files, transactional applications, web, and social media - much of it generated in real time and in a very large scale. The term “Geo-Bigdata” refers to the collection of all these data with geo-location information and applied this data to our advantage across a wide range of areas, including environment and disaster monitoring, social problem and business. This topic aims to increase capacity Geo-Bigdata analysis for students and young professionals to get suitable information for disaster management issue.

Date and Venue 

The ISPRS SC Summer School + Hackathon

Date: 6-10 August 2018

Duration: 5 days  

The Spatial Exchange Program

Date: 13-20 August 2018

Duration: 8 days  

Training Venue in GISTDA facilities: Sirindhorn Center for Geo-Informatics (SCGI) Building, Space Krenovation Park (SKP), Sri Racha, Chonburi, Thailand. (13.102001 N, 100.928833 E)

Expected Participants

This training course is open to student or young scientists who are working in a variety of image processing and who wish to expand, improve and adaptation their knowledge and skills advanced technology. Participation are limited to a maximum of 30 participants for summer school and 16 participants for spatial exchange program. Skills of fluent English communication are required.

Application

Applicants should fill the registration form and send the completed form with required document to the Coordinator, using the email : sc@isprs.org (cc to artsa@gistda.or.th) before June 30, 2018 for international applicants who require VISA to enter Thailand and July 15, 2018 international applicants who are VISA exempt and local applicants.

Important Note : For International applicants : To ensure that registered persons will really attend the summer school, we need a letter from your superior of your organization/company stating that your travel costs will be covered. This should be sent together with your registration, again preferably by email.

Registration fees

Activities

Duration

Registration fee

The ISPRS SC Summer School + Hackathon

6 – 10 August

80 USD (2,500 THB)

The Spatial Exchange Program

13 – 20 August

150 USD (4,800 THB)

Both programs

6 – 20 August

200 USD (6,400 THB)

 

These registration fee includes following

  • Airport and Local transportation
  • Accommodation in shared room
  • THREE Meals per day during activity
  • Documents and USB
  • Excursion

Notes: Life/Major health insurance is the responsibility of each participant. The organizer will neither assume any responsibility for life and major health insurance nor for any other expenses related to medical treatment or accidental events.  

Important dates

Group 1: International Applicants who require VISA to attend Thailand

Group 2: International Applicants from VISA exempted countries

Please check this website for VISA exempt countries: http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/changes-visa-exempt.php

Group 3: Local applicants (from Thailand)

Registration deadline

June 30, 2018 (Group 1)

July 15, 2018 (Group 2 and Group 3)

Announcement of accepted applicants

July 3, 2018 (Group 1)

July 20, 2018 (Group 2 and 3)

ISPRS Summer School + Hackathon

August 6-10, 2018

The Spatial Exchange Program

August 13-20, 2018