38th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing
The 38th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS-2017) was successfully organised during October 23-27, 2017 at New Delhi. The theme of the conference was Space Applications: Touching Human Lives. It was jointly organised by Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS), Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS) and Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG) and Co-hosted by ISRO. ACRS-2017 is a forum to bring together students, researchers, scientists, engineers, policy makers, professionals and practitioners from developed and developing countries from and around Asia. The main aim of the conference is to share insights into the challenges and opportunities of Remote Sensing and geo-spatial technologies. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Jitendra Singh, the Hon’ble Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Department of Space, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. Sri A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman ISRO was the Guest of Honour.
In his address, Dr. Jitendra Singh recounted ISRO’s efforts in initiating collaborative projects with Ministries and Government departments for stronger utilisation of space-based tools for effective governance. He has stressed the extended support of space technologies to neighbouring countries through the recently launched South Asia satellite. He said that ISRO missions are capable to provide more accurate information not only on the Earth but also the neighbouring planets. Utilisation of Space technology for common man is the main aim of the country’s space missions. Sri A S Kiran Kumar in his address, emphasised the role of space technology for various national developmental imperatives in governance, societal benefits, climate change and disaster risk reduction & mitigation. He elucidated various applications, which are directly touching the lives of citizens like farmers, fishermen, students, decision makers etc. He also inaugurated the technical exhibition after the inaugural session.
Presidents of AARS, ISRS and ISG shared their views on contributions of the respective societies, followed by Awards conferred to eminent personalities by these societies.
Total 6 plenary sessions, 13 special sessions, 67 technical sessions and 6 poster sessions were organised during the conference. 670 research papers were presented in oral and poster sessions in various themes namely, Advance Image Processing & Data Analytics, Climate Change & its Impact, Cultural Heritage Documentation, Cal/Val of EO Sensors, Disaster & Risk Reduction, Agriculture & Soils, Forest & Environment, Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative: Asian Experience, Geosciences & Mineral Exploration, Health GIS, High Resolution Data Applications, AVIRIS-NG; Climate Change & its Regional Impacts for Nature & Human Activities in Asia, Geo-spatial Education: Methods & Modalities, Citizen Science: Methods & Applications, Online Platforms for Education & Outreach, Crop Productivity from EO Satellites, Agro-met Information from EO Satellites, Marine Geology & Coastal Studies, NISAR - NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, Night-time Lights Imaging & Applications, Ocean & Atmospheric Studies, Open Source Geo-spatial, SAR Polarimetry: Methods & Applications, Urban & Infrastructure Planning and Water Resources Management.
The conference witnessed scientific presentations, during plenary sessions. Very eminent speakers across the globe namely Prof. Dr. Deren Li (Professor, Wuhan University), China; Dr. Christian Heipke (President, ISPRS);Dr. A.S. Kiran Kumar (Chairman, Space Commission and Secretary, Department of Space, Government of India);Dr. Hsin-Chia Lin (Albert), NSPO, Taiwan; Dr.C.Silapathong, GISTDA, Thailand;Prof. G.Xingfa, RADI, China; Dr. M. Annadurai, ISRO, India; Dr. Shin-ichi (Takashima), Sobue, JAXA, Japan; Dr. C.D. Elvidge (NOAA, USA);Dr. P.A. Rosen, JPL/CIT, USA; Prof. M.V. Marek, GCRI-CAS, Czech Republic delivered the invited talks. Dr. K.Shivan, Director VSSC delivered Vikram Sarabhai memorial lecture on India's Space Transportation System. ISG Millennium Lecture was delivered by Dr. Upendra Tripathy (ISA, India) on Solar Energy Prospects and ISA’s emerging role in energy segment. Conference was also attended by many of the former Directors and pioneer scientists of ISRO.
A panel discussion was organised on the final day of the conference on “Strengthening Academic, Industry, Scientific Societies and Space Agencies Interface for Improving Human Lives”. Experts from AARS, ISRS, ISRO and Indian industries provided their views on the topic. Active participation of the delegates made the session lively and interactive.
During the conference, a web contest was also organised and awarded the best web developer. Best paper awards were also given during concluding session. 32 Industries / Institutions exhibited their products and services related to geo-spatial technologies in the technical exhibition held during the conference. The conference was attended by more than 900 participants from 53 countries across the globe.
Conference started with Lighting of the Lamp
Dr. Jitendra Singh, the Hon’ble Minister of State PMO, addressing the gathering during the inaugural session
Inauguration of technical exhibition by Sri A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman ISRO