Events 2020

Distinguished Lecture Program on “Satellite Scatterometry: Winds, Vegetation, and Ice by Dr David G. Long

11th September -2020, India


The distinguished lecture program of GRSS was organized on 11th September at 4:45 pm using virtual platform. The distinguished lecture was delivered by Dr David G Long. He is faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department ( at Brigham Young University (  Before this, he was employed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the Radar Science and Engineering Section. He was responsible for the design and development of the NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT) system to measure ocean surface winds from space. NSCAT successfully flew aboard Japanese ADEOS spacecraft in 1996. He was a Group Leader in the Radar Systems Engineering Group at JPL were he supervised work on the design and analysis of spaceborne scatterometer and SAR systems including NSCAT, SIR-C, and Magellan. He was the original Experiment Manager for SCANSCAT (now known as SeaWinds, it was first launched in 1999 on QuikSCAT, again in 2003 on ADEOS-II, and again as RapidScat on the International Space Station in 2014). He has received several NASA Award of Achievement and Team Recognition Awards. His research interests include microwave remote sensing, spaceborne scatterometry, synthetic aperture radar, signal processing, polar ice, and mesoscale atmospheric dynamics. He is an associate editor for IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters. He is a co-author of the textbook, F. Ulaby and D.G. Long, Microwave Radar and Radiometric Remote Sensing, ISBN: 978-0-472-11935-6, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2013, available through Artech House and Amazon.

The topic of lecture was Satellite Scatterometry: Winds, Vegetation, and Ice.  With brief introduction about the faculty, Dr David Long presented his research work on Satellite scatterometry with applications related to winds, vegetation and ice.  Satellite scatterometers have been built and flown by several nations including, the U.S., ESA, India, and China. Due to coarse resolution of scatterometer, it becomes difficult to evolve land based applications. Reprocessing of data for enhanced resolution foot print of few km helps us to use the instrument for land applications. These enhanced resolution products makes it as a powerful instrument for   high resolution wind/rain estimation as well as in a variety of studies of polar ice and tropical vegetation. Dr David Long brought out many applications related to winds, vegetation and Antarctic iceberg monitoring. There were about 70 participants representing different countries.

Distiguished lecture Program on GeoAI: Applying Machine Learning and Deep Learning to Geospatial Data by Mr Rohit Singh, ESRI

31st July -2020, India


As a part of Distinguished Lecture Program , IEEE-GRSS (Gujarat chapter) organized a webinar session on  the topic“GeoAI: Applying Machine Learning and Deep Learning to Geospatial Data" on  31st July, 2020 (5:00 pm to 6:30 pm -IST). The webinar was delivered by  Mr. Rohit Singh, who is the managing director of Esri's AI R&D Center at New Delhi. Rohit Singh leads the development of data science, deep learning and geospatial AI solutions in the ArcGIS platform. Rohit is passionate about deep learning and its intersection with geospatial data and satellite imagery. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and has worked at computer vision startups and IBM before joining Esri. He conceptualized, designed and developed ArcGISPython API, ArcObjects Java, ArcGIS Engine Java API and ArcGIS Enterprise (Linux).

Interaction meeting with CEPT University Geomatics students

14th August 2020, India

An interaction meeting was conducted virtually for the students of M Tech (Geomatics) of CEPT University towards promoting the activities of IEEE GRSS and bringing the benefit to students. Meeting was organized by IEEE GRSS and coordinated by Dr Dipak Samal of CEPT University.  There were 43 participants in the meeting. Dr Shiv Mohan informed the participants about IEEE and GRSS Society, which is one of the largest professional societies in the world. Dr Aishwarya Narain informed the participants about the Collaborate program of society and its benefits to members. Dr Anup Das described various benefits of the society to its members and in particular to student community.
Dr Bindi Dave brought out the benefit to her as a student and professionals member of the society. Dr Shaily Gandhi also informed the students about various benefits to her as student and professional members.
It is proposed to continue the activities in the interest of students and professionals of CET University, Ahmedabad.