Technology, Industry, and Education (TIE) Forum

The theme for this year’s meeting is “International Cooperation for Global Awareness,” and our emphasis for the meeting will be to reinforce the value of working together to find global solutions to our most pressing problems in Earth observation and remote sensing. On behalf of the IGARSS 2017 organizing committee, we are pleased to announce the Technology, Industry and Education (TIE) Forum, a non-traditional session track that will focus on these three facets and its relation to remote sensing.

These sessions will present topics not typically covered during the conference, and we encourage audience participation through panels, and extended Q&A sessions to increase interactivity and engagement. We hope that you will join us in Room 200 at IGARSS 2017 for the TIE Forum.

Boon Lim
TIE Forum Chair, IGARSS 2017
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

MO3.TIE: GEO and Global Awareness

MO3.TIE: GEO and Global Awareness
Session Type: Oral
Time: Monday, July 24, 13:40 - 15:20
Location: Room 100
Session Chairs: Tony Milne and Melba Crawford
13:40 - 14:20
MO3.TIE.1: Group on Earth Observation – GEO and Global Awareness
Barbara Ryan, GEO Secretariat Director

Barbara J. Ryan, is the Secretariat Director of the Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva, Switzerland. GEO is comprised of nearly 100 Member States, the European Commission, and 90 international scientific and technical partner organizations. Previously Ryan was an Associate Director for Geography at the USGS, and in 2008 became Director of the World Meteorological Organization’s Space Programme.

Under GEO leadership, millions of satellite images and other Earth observation data have been made available to the general public at no charge, allowing scientists, planners and policy makers to make better-informed decisions on problems that transcend political boundaries. GEO works to address critical issues in agriculture, biodiversity, climate change, disaster planning, energy, health and water.

14:20 - 14:40
MO3.TIE.3: GEO BON - GEO Biodiversity Observation Network
Gary N. Geller, GEO Secretariat

Gary Geller is a Senior Expert for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability with the secretariat of GEO. He is based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), facilitates the acquisition and delivery of biodiversity observations and derived products to understand how biodiversity is changing and to support decision making. Its activities fall into two primary focus areas. The first is the development of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs), which are the key variables needed to understand biodiversity change. The second area is facilitating the development of thematic, national, and regional biodiversity observation networks (BONs). Thematic networks under development include those for marine and freshwater areas, regional networks include those for the arctic and Asia-Pacific regions, and national networks for Colombia and France.

14:40 - 15:00
MO3.TIE.4: GFOI – Global Forest Observation Initiative and Future Challenges
Brian D. Killough, NASA Langley Research Center

Brian Killough is currently responsible for the Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS) Systems Engineering Office (SEO).

Forests play an important role in regulating the Earth's climate, conserving biodiversity and water resources, and influencing social and economic conditions. To understand the change in forests it is essential to obtain comprehensive and continuous observations of global lands. To this end, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has taken the initiative in investigating how to improve the provision of satellite and ground data for forest monitoring in the framework of the Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI). GFOI specifically supports REDD+ countries to develop their national forest monitoring systems and associated emissions measurement, reporting and verification procedures.

15:20 - 15:40
MO3.TIE.5: AfriGEOSS - GRSS Soil Moisture and Agricultural Support Project
Adriano Camps and Maria Piles, Barcelona Expert Center, ICM/CSIC, UPC, Spain

GRSS in collaboration with African Researchers and ESA scientists working at the Barcelona Expert Center(BEC), initiated an AfriGEOSS Soil Moisture and Agricultural Outreach Support Project for assisting African national organizations.

The major objectives of the ongoing project are (1) to map the spatio-temporal soil moisture patterns over the African continent from 2010 to 2017; (2) for selected regions in South Africa use MODIS data to downscale the SMOS coarse-resolution measurements of soil moisture to 1 km and, (3) make high resolution soil moisture maps over Southern Africa available through the BEC distribution and visualization services.

MO4.TIE: Earth Observation, Sustainable Goals and the United Nations 2030 Program

MO4.TIE: Earth Observation, Sustainable Goals and the United Nations 2030 Program
Session Type: Oral
Time: Monday, July 24, 16:20 - 18:00
Location: Room 100
Session Chairs: Melba Crawford and Tony Milne
16:20 - 17:00
MO4.TIE.1: Sustainable Development Goals and Earth Observation
Lawrence Friedl, Argyro Kavvada, NASA’s Earth Science Division, USA

Lawrence Friedl is the Director of the Applied Sciences Program within NASA’s Earth Science Division. He has been with the NASA Applied Sciences Program since 2002.

Friedl is a Co-Chair of the interagency U.S. Group on Earth Observations (US-GEO) and represents the United States on the international Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and leads efforts to advance Earth Observation initiatives in order to realize the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted in September 2015 provides a universal development agenda for all countries and stakeholders to use as a blueprint of action for people, the planet and prosperity. The agenda is anchored by seventeen (17) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG); associated targets and a global indicator framework. Collectively, these elements enable countries and the global community to measure, manage, and monitor progress on economic, social and environmental sustainability.

17:00 - 17:20
MO4.TIE.3: CEOS -Earth Observation Data Provision for GEO and Sustainable Development
Alex Held, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia

Alex Held is the Past Chair (2016) of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS).He is Principal Scientist and Research Group Leader of the Landscape Observation and Simulation Group of the Australian CSIRO Land and Water Division.

CEOS (the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites) is made up of 55 space agencies committed to coordinating satellite earth observation programs and to sharing data for a more sustainable and prosperous future. CEOS ensures international coordination of civil space-based earth observation programs and promotes exchange of data to optimize societal benefit and inform decision making for securing a prosperous and sustainable future for humankind.

CEOS supports GEO stakeholders with Earth observation data, information products, and related expertise. CEOS Agencies supported the establishment of GEO, and CEOS has since made continuous and growing contributions to GEO through a wide range of Earth observation initiatives.

17:20 - 17:40
MO4.TIE.4: Geospatial Information – The Foundation for Monitoring the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
Stuart Minchin, Chief, Environmental Geoscience, Geoscience Australia

Stuart Minchin is currently head of Australia’s delegation to the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management, and the Australian representative to the Group on Earth Observation (GEO).

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) recognises that geospatial information will have an essential role in both assisting Member States in achieving those goals, and monitor progress along the journey. As everything happens somewhere, location provides a unique link between where that activity is occurring and the statistical, demographic and environmental information that can be used to monitor that activity. National geospatial authorities also have a responsibility to further advocate an understanding of the power of location information to policy- and decision-making levels in government.

17:40 - 18:00
MO4.TIE.5: Global Activities of the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS)
Paul Rosen, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA; Anthony Milne, University of New South Wales, Australia and Melba Crawford, Purdue University, USA

Paul Rosen is the current Director of Global Activities for GRSS. Melba Crawford and Tony Milne are former Directors of Global Activities.

In 2010 GRSS Administrative Committee established a Global Initiative Taskforce to recommend policies and procedures that would help GRSS extend its scientific, technical and professional services more effectively into developing countries, with the objectives of enabling GRSS to support and nurture its global membership. Three sub-committees were established to progress these activities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The tasks of the sub-committees included developing a strategic plan for GRSS activities within each region, including Chapter building and membership promotion, and which sought to identify organizations and institutions within these regions that could collaborate with GRSS to advance remote sensing technical, scientific and capacity building initiatives.

TU1.TIE: Author Education: How to publish IEEE papers

TU1.TIE: Author Education: How to publish IEEE papers
Session Type: Oral
Time: Tuesday, July 25, 08:00 - 09:40
Location: Room 100
Session Chairs: Alejandro C. Frery, Paolo Gamba and Antonio Plaza

There will be an official IEEE Author Education Event at IGARSS 2017 during the TIE forum, on Tuesday TU1.TIE and Thursday TH1.TIE. Come and get advice and input on how IEEE publishes your papers, what to do in organizing your manuscripts, what things to avoid in your papers and what will make you paper the most acceptable. The material will be based on previous classes taught by the present VP of the IEEE Publications and Products Service Board (PSPB), Sheila Hemani and by its previous VP Gianlucca Setti.

The class will be given by one of the current editors of the GRSS publications (Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, Transactions in Geoscience and Remote Sensing, and Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine). Come and learn how to publish your papers.

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TU2.TIE: 2017 IEEE GRSS Women in STEM Forum

TU2.TIE: 2017 IEEE GRSS Women in STEM Forum
Session Type: Panel
Time: Tuesday, July 25, 10:40 - 12:20
Location: Room 100
Session Chairs: Mariko Burgin and Lori Bruce

At this year’s IGARSS, for the first time, we are organizing the Technology, Industry and Education (TIE) Forum, a non-traditional session that will address themes typically absent from technical conferences. As part of the TIE Forum, the Women in STEM Forum is organized to promote diversity, inclusion, and career success in the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) that benefit all IGARSS attendees, but is particularly focused on women and minority attendees.

Women remain underrepresented in the STEM workforce. While efforts have been made through education, funded initiatives, and the emergence of non-profit discussion, progress has been slow. The technical and engineering sectors are still male dominated and the pipeline for future talent is currently insufficient to meet future needs. In the US today, only 14% of all engineers and 25% of all IT professionals are women. Although women make up 55% of all college and graduate students, only 18% of computer science graduates are female, according to the US Bureau of Statistics.

The IGARSS Women in STEM Forum will feature three highly accomplished women in STEM from a mix of backgrounds and with diverse career paths. Each speaker will have the opportunity to give a short presentation of 15-20 minutes on being a woman in STEM, enabling diversity, lending privilege, and work/life balance followed by an open discussion and extended Q&A.

We are inviting you to join the Women in STEM Forum. Come to learn, be inspired, and network!

Panel Member Biographies

Dr. Louise Prockter is the Director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston Texas. Dr. Prockter has been involved in robotic planetary missions throughout her career. She served as an Imaging Team associate on the Galileo and Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) missions; was Deputy Project Scientist and a Co-Investigator on the MESSENGER mission, and served as the Instrument Scientist for the spacecraft’s dual imaging system; was a Deputy Project Scientist for the Europa Clipper mission, and is currently a Co-Investigator on that mission’s camera team. Dr. Prockter earned her Ph.D. in Planetary Geology from Brown University. She has participated in numerous NRC advisory panels, including the Committee for Planetary Exploration (COMPLEX), the Space Studies Board, and the Planetary Decadal Survey, as well as NASA’s Planetary Science Subcommittee. Dr. Prockter’s scientific research focuses on using remote sensing to study the geomorphology and structural tectonics of icy satellites and other solar system bodies. She is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Mrs. Sandra Alba Cauffman currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Earth Science Division, in the Science Mission Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters. She provides executive leadership, strategic direction, and overall management for the entire agency’s Earth Science portfolio, from technology development, applied science, research, mission implementation and operation.

Prior to joining NASA HQ, Mrs. Cauffman worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) for 25 years serving on a variety of roles. She served as the Deputy Systems Program Director for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-R Series, a multi-billion dollar operational geostationary weather satellite program developed in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Before returning to the GOES program for the third time in her career, Mrs. Cauffman was the Deputy Project Manager for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Mission, a NASA mission to the red planet, which launched on November 18, 2013 and arrived at Mars on September 21, 2014. MAVEN is providing a comprehensive picture of the present state of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere of Mars and the processes controlling them to determine how loss of volatiles to outer space in the present epoch varies with changing solar conditions.

She served as the Project Manager (PM) for the Gravity and Extreme Magnetism Small Explorer (SMEX) (GEMS). In June 2009, GEMS was one of two missions selected for implementation competing on the 2008 SMEX Announcement of Opportunity (AO). GEMS was an Astrophysics mission using X-Ray polarimetry to probe the structure and effects of the formidable magnetic field around black holes, magnetars, dead stars. Previously, Mrs. Cauffman was the Assistant Director for Flight Projects Directorate since August 2004. As assistant Director, Mrs. Cauffman helped maintain technical and administrative oversight for the Directorate.

Mrs. Cauffman served as the Deputy Project Manager for the GOES-R Series Program. Before becoming the GOES-R Deputy Project Manager, Mrs. Cauffman served as the Instrument Systems Manager for GOES-R, overseeing the research, development and implementation of multi-million dollar instruments directed toward exploration of the Earth's environment, weather prediction, charged particle detection, advanced data collection and search and rescue techniques.

Before joining GOES (again), Mrs. Cauffman served as the Project Formulation Office (PFO) Office Chief, where she was responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating all activities related to the development of feasible mission concepts, requirements generation and formulation of new projects to be implemented such us Global Precipitation Mission (GPM), Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO), Constellation X, and Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA).

Mrs. Cauffman worked on GOES as an Instrument Manager supporting the design, development, fabrication, test and launch and on-orbit checkout of the GOES-I/M and N/P SXI and SEM instruments. Mrs. Cauffman joined NASA in 1991, when she started as the Ground Systems Manager for the Satellite Servicing Project, where she supported missions such as Hubble Space Telescope (HST) First Servicing Mission, Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), and Explorers Platform (EP)/Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE). Before her NASA life, Mrs. Cauffman worked for Engineering and Economics Research (EER).

Mrs. Cauffman has been awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and she is a two-time recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. She is also a four times recipient of the NASA Acquisition Improvement Award. She is a Senior Fellow on the Council for Excellence in Government. She received a B.S. in Physics, a B.S in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, all from George Mason University. Mrs. Cauffman was born in Costa Rica and is fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Makenzie Lystrup is responsible for Ball’s new business activities for NASA, NOAA, and other civil U.S. government and non-government organizations. This includes flight missions, instruments, and technology development programs across all areas of science. Examples of recent programs secured under her leadership range from the NASA Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) astrophysics mission to NASA Earth science advanced technology development programs for the future of Sustained Land Imaging. She leads strategic planning for Civil Space at Ball and is involved in a number of cross-company endeavors.

Dr. Lystrup previously served as Director for Space Sciences in Ball’s Washington, D.C. operations office and worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Congressional Science Policy Fellow. In her time working in Congress, she handled issues ranging from technology and privacy to national defense to trade.

As a planetary scientist and astronomer, Dr. Lystrup’s scientific work has been in understanding the relationships between a planet’s atmosphere and its surrounding space environment. Her work investigating the Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus systems has employed ground-based and space-based telescopes and remote sensing observations using ultraviolet and infrared imaging, spectroscopy, and spectropolarimetry. Dr. Lystrup was a National Science Foundation Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Research Fellow and earned her PhD in astrophysics at University College London.

Dr. Lystrup is committed to service in the science and space communities. She is a member of the Board of Directors of CO-LABS and is Vice Chair of the science advisory board of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Other service has included National Academies of Sciences committees, conference committee leadership, and leading the American Astronomical Society’s planetary science policy committee.

TH1.TIE: Author Education: How to publish IEEE papers

TH1.TIE: Author Education: How to publish IEEE papers
Session Type: Oral
Time: Thursday, July 27, 08:00 - 09:40
Location: Room 100
Session Chairs: Alejandro C. Frery, Paolo Gamba and Antonio Plaza

There will be an official IEEE Author Education Event at IGARSS 2017 during the TIE forum, on Tuesday TU1.TIE and Thursday TH1.TIE. Come and get advice and input on how IEEE publishes your papers, what to do in organizing your manuscripts, what things to avoid in your papers and what will make you paper the most acceptable. The material will be based on previous classes taught by the present VP of the IEEE Publications and Products Service Board (PSPB), Sheila Hemani and by its previous VP Gianlucca Setti.

The class will be given by one of the current editors of the GRSS publications (Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, Transactions in Geoscience and Remote Sensing, and Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine). Come and learn how to publish your papers.

More information can be found at:

TH2.TIE: NASA ROSES Proposal Writing

TH2.TIE: NASA ROSES Proposal Writing
Session Type: Oral
Time: Thursday, July 27, 10:40 - 12:20
Location: Room 100
Session Chair: Christina Richie
10:40 - 11:20
TH2.TIE.1: A Brief Introduction to the NASA Proposal Process

This talk and discussion will focus on an overview of the federal grant submission and selection process and will highlight tips and lessons for writing proposals to NASA’s Research Opportunities in Earth and Space Sciences (ROSES).

10:40 - 11:20
TH2.TIE.2: 2017 NASA ROSES Roll-Out

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) solicits its Research and Analysis (R&A) programs each year in Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES). ROSES contains the research announcements for all of SMD. Submission of ROSES proposals is done electronically via NSPIRES: Details on the proposal submission process to help guide younger scientists will be presented. Information on new programs will also be presented. The SARA website contains information on all ROSES solicitations. There is an email address ( for inquiries and an area for volunteer reviewers to sign up. The peer review process is based on Scientific/Technical Merit, Relevance, and Level of Effort, and will be quickly detailed within this presentation. Changes for ROSES17, important for all those applying for funding in the SMD will be discussed. This discussion will be geared towards anyone looking to apply for funding through ROSES17 in the SMD.

Dr. Christina R. Richey is a Senior Scientist at ASRC Federal, working for the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters. Dr. Richey is the Deputy Science Advisor for SMD, where she compiles and distributes information about the R&A awards from the SMD Divisions, and focuses on communication with the greater communities working directly with the SMD. Additionally, she is the Deputy Program Scientist in the Planetary Science Division (PSD) for the OSIRIS-REx Mission (the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security- Regolith Mission). OSIRIS-REx launched in September of 2016 and will travel to a near-Earth Asteroid, called Bennu and bring back a returned sample to Earth for study. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth. Currently as a Discipline Scientist, Dr. Richey is either the lead or a secondary Discipline Scientist for the Emerging Worlds Program, the Cross-Divisional Exoplanets Research Program, and the Planetary Data, Archiving, Restoration, and Tools Program.

In addition to her scientific activities, Dr. Richey has held several leadership positions and has actively engaged in education and public outreach opportunities. She is an accomplished leader and award winner in her field in dealing with anti-harassment policies and procedures, and has been cited by major news agencies for her efforts within the community to create safe, inclusive environments. Dr. Richey is currently serving as Past Chair of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy. She is also an active blogger for the Women in Astronomy Blog, as well as an active member of the Women in Planetary Science Group. In 2016, Dr. Richey became the co-Chair of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee, as well as a member of the NASA Headquarters Working Group on Implicit Bias. She has been awarded a Special Service Award at NASA HQ (2014) for her work within the Planetary Science community. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Rev. James O’Brien, S.J. Alumni Award at Wheeling Jesuit University and the 2016 University of Alabama at Birmingham Trailblazing Alumni of the Year. In 2015, she was honored with the AAS DPS Meritorious Career Service Award, the Harold Masursky Award.

TH4.TIE: GSIS Round Table: Imaging Spectroscopy from an Industry Perspective – State of the Art/Potential/Challenges

TH4.TIE: GSIS Round Table: Imaging Spectroscopy from an Industry Perspective – State of the Art/Potential/Challenges
Session Type: Panel
Time: Thursday, July 27, 16:20 - 18:00
Location: Room 100
Session Chair: Andreas Müller

Spaceborne Imaging Spectroscopy has long been recognized as an essential Earth observation technology for geoscientific research applications and Earth system sciences. The technology demonstrator mission Hyperion was operational in space for an impressive 16 years and, had stimulated a series of medium spatial resolution scientific missions such as HyspIRI in the USA, PRISMA in Italy, EnMAP in Germany, HISUI in Japan and a series of other initiatives around the globe. Despite both technical and financial challenges, much has been achieved including recent proposals of high spectral and spatial resolution spaceborne imaging spectroscopy by the private sector in USA, Canada, Japan, and Israel. Additionally, spaceborne imaging spectroscopy missions are now being considered as operational future missions by space agencies. But also imaging spectroscopy technologies in general has seen significant progress. For example, spectrometer systems have successfully been miniaturized and flown on drones and UAVs and there have been significant developments in available platforms with small/micro satellites.

In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the GSIS TC, we would like to celebrate the achievements of the last 10 years and look forward to what might be the vision for the next 10 years. For example, the coupling of these developments to provide high spatial and high spectral resolution sensors onboard small satellites is an attractive proposition that could potentially make spaceborne imaging spectroscopy missions financially viable while closing gaps in spatial and temporal resolutions in the present suite of near-launch scientific missions.

Potential panel discussion items are:

  • Technical feasibility of compact spaceborne spectrometers
  • Concept of virtual constellations
  • Developments of UAV and micro-satellite technology and swarm or dove concepts
  • Opportunities and challenges involved in coupling these currently disparate technological developments
  • Need for alternative calibration and validation concepts
  • Reducing on-board complexity
  • Data processing and distribution approaches

Panelists and audience are encouraged to suggest key application scenarios where such sensors would fill niche information gaps with a high potential to justifying private and government investments and assure return on investment.

The event features:

  • Spaceborne imaging spectroscopy achievements to date and future opportunities (10-15min)
  • “Elevator Speeches” (5min each) from each panelists discussing propositions for the future
  • a panel discussion on the opportunities identified followed by an open discussion involving the audience (45 min)