Expert Lecture of "Staticsitcs and Information Theory on remote sensing using SAR"
Statistics, either implicitly or explicitly, plays a prominent role across several branches of Remote
Sensing (RS). This is mostly due to the fact that RS deals with often incomplete and mostly imprecise data. But Statistics aspires to more than being a mere tool for circumventing those unavoidable observational limitations. Statistics is able to provide a complete framework for tackling many relevant RS problems, from a sound mathematical description to tractable
computational solutions. This wealth of knowledge is of particular importance when dealing with Synthetic Aperture Radar - SAR images. This kind of imaging produces data with a noise-like pattern, called speckle, which can be well described as a non-Gaussian non-additive contamination to the underlying desired information. Tools firmly grounded in a statistical approach
are among the best suited for SAR image processing and analysis. In this talk we present a unified framework for a diversity of problems involving SAR imagery (despeckling filters, classification, segmentation, change detection and edge identification). Using Information-Theoretic tools within a Statistical framework, we show that all these seemingly different problems can be posed and solved as a single one: testing the hypothesis that two or more samples are outcomes of the same distribution. Although the examples are instantiated for SAR, the framework is general enough to encompass a large variety of problems, including other models and types of data.
Short course on microwave remote sensing Jakarta , In donesia, 17 Sept 2018 Indonesia:
A short course on microwave remote sensing was organized by with faculty drawing from Gujarat, Japan and Indonesia chapter. Dr Shiv Mohan from IEEE GRSS Gujarat presented tutorial on basics and applications of microwave remote sensing whereas Prof Hiroyoshi Yamada and Prof Akira Hirose covered topics on SAR polarimetry, Big SAR data processing. Dr Arifin Nugroh from Indonesia Chapter talked about Stochastic Optimal Control and its Applications. About thirty participants from different institutes of Indonesia. Training program was well received with emphasis on more such courses of
Asia-Pacific Conference on Geoscience, Electronics and Remote sensing technology
IEEE GRSS Indonesia in collaboration with IEEE GRSS Gujarat and Japan invited speakers on state of art paper in microwave remote sensing. Dr Shiv Mohan presented a paper on Multi-frequency SAR applications. Prof Akira Hirose and Prof H. Yamada presented lead papers on polarimetry and Big SAR data analysis. About 55 students and professionals participated in the conference and presented their work in the conference
National Workshop on “Biodiversity and Remote Sensing”
6th October,2018, M.S. University, Vadodara
National workshop was on Biodiversity and Remote sensing was organized on 6th October, 2018 at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara on 6th October 2018. Five eminent speakers from ISRO, C-DAC and MS University were invited to talk on various facet of biodiversity using remote sensing technology. There were about 90 participants from country representing academic institutes and government department. Prof Sandhya Kiran organized the workshop.Dr C S Jha spoke on biodiversity and remote sensing whereas Dr Shiv Mohan talked about assessment of biodiversity using microwave data. Other topics concern to Assessment of biodiversity and use of logistic Markov model for Forecasting, medical plants diversity and IT applications in this field of research. Participants appreciated lectures on advanced remote sensing technique for biodiversity analysis. They suggested such workshop should be organized for long period of time along with hands on.
National Workshop on Advanced Remote Sensing
11-12 December,2018 , Gujarat University,Ahmedabad
National workshop on “Advanced Remote Sensing” at Department of Earth Science, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad on 11-12 December 2018. The workshop was focused on capacity building of Geography teachers and research scholars. There were 28 participants mostly from Geography background with few of them were from Geology, botany and engineering background. Workshop was organized by Prof Shital Shukla.First day sessions were associated with Hyper Spectral Remote Sensing. First session was conducted on “Hyper Spectral Remote Sensing Concept and Data Sources” by Dr. Praveen Gupta, SAC-ISRO. Second day sessions were associated to Microwave Remote Sensing. Session one conducted by Dr. Shiv Mohan, Chairman, IEEE, GRSS – Gujarat Chapter on “Microwave Remote Sensing Concepts and Data Sources”.
National Symposium of Industry-Academia Collaboration
A National Symposium of Industry-Academia Collaboration - 2018 was organized on 14-15 December , 2018 in collaboration with CEPT University, Industry and academia are two pillars in shaping the nation’s economy. However, the gap between what academics emphasize and what the industry demands exists. IEEE GRSS in collaboration with CEPT University is attempting to bring the stakeholders under a single umbrella.
The symposium was inaugurated by Dr. Paresh Shah (Dean, Faculty of Technology, CEPT University), Dr. Tao Guo (Vice President, PIESAT, China, Guest of honor), Dr. Shiv Mohan (Chairman – IEEE GRSS, Gujarat Chapter), Dr. Anjana Vyas (Executive Director, Center for Applied Geometrics, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Technology, CEPT University, Ahmedabad) and Dr. Bindi Dave (Program Chair – M. Tech Geomatics program and Assistant Professor – Faculty of Technology. Invited experts from academia, industry and the government discussed the emerging trends, issues, challenges and opportunities in the geospatial industry. The symposium has discussed the vision on GIS industries and trends, the roadmaps and ways of having better output in working together of the geospatial technology’s stakeholders: industry, academia and government. There were fifty participants, of which 16 represented geospatial industry, 20 academia and 14 from the government. The symposium was concluded by Dr Shiv Mohan with a note on the base work for initiating a consortium of experts from all stakeholders which could make a start point for joint activities.