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 200
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 200
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: Datacubes — Geospatial Information and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
Stuart Minchin, Chief, Environmental Geoscience, Geoscience Australia; Alex Held, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia

Stuart Minchin 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 earth observation and the derived geospatial information will have an essential role in both assisting Member States in achieving those goals, and to monitor progress over time. Geoscience Australia's Data Cube is a new way of organising, analysing and managing large amounts of data collected from earth observation satellites and one which facilitates efficient interrogation of stacked time series imagery. 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.

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 200
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: https://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/authors/author_education

Alejandro C. Frery received the B.Sc. degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the Universidad de Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina. His M.Sc. degree was in Applied Mathematics (Statistics) from the Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA, Rio de Janeiro) and his Ph.D. degree was in Applied Computing from the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE, São José dos Campos, Brazil). He is currently the leader of LaCCAN -- Laboratório de Computação Científica e Análise Numérica, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceió, Brazil. Since 2013 he is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters. His research interests are statistical computing and stochastic modelling.

Paolo Gamba is Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Pavia, Italy, where he leads the Telecommunications and Remote Sensing Laboratory and serves as Deputy Coordinator of the Ph.D. School in Electronics and Computer Science. He received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering “cum laude” from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 1989, and the Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from the same University in 1993.

He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters from 2009 to 2013, and as Chair of the Data Fusion Committee of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society from October 2005 to May 2009. Currently, he serves as GRSS Vice President for Professional Activities, Chair of the Chapters Committee, and Chair of the Symposium Awards Committee.

He has been the Guest Editor of special issues of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Remote Sensing Applications, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, International Journal of Information Fusion and Pattern Recognition Letters on the topics of Urban Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing for Disaster Management, Pattern Recognition in Remote Sensing Applications. He published more than 130 papers in international peer-review journals and presented more than 250 research works in workshops and conferences.

Antonio Plaza is the Head of the Hyperspectral Computing Laboratory at the Department of Technology of Computers and Communications, University of Extremadura. His main research interests comprise hyperspectral data processing and parallel computing of remote sensing data. He has authored more than 500 publications, including more than 150 journal papers (more than 100 in IEEE journals), 20 book chapters, and over 250 peer-reviewed conference proceeding papers. He has guest edited 9 special issues on hyperspectral remote sensing for different journals. Dr. Plaza is a Fellow of IEEE “for contributions to hyperspectral data processing and parallel computing of Earth observation data.” He is a recipient of the recognition of Best Reviewers of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters (in 2009) and a recipient of the recognition of Best Reviewers of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (in 2010), for which he served as Associate Editor in 2007-2012. He is also an Associate Editor for IEEE Access, and was a member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Newsletter (2011-2012) and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine (2013). He was also a member of the steering committee of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS). He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing journal.

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 200
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.

TU3.TIE: IEEE GRSS Membership and Technical Committees

TU3.TIE: IEEE GRSS Membership and Technical Committees
Session Type: Oral
Time: Tuesday, July 25, 13:40 - 15:20
Location: Room 200
Session Chairs: Xiaolong Dong and Irena Hajnsek

This session will showcase the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) who is the sponsor of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. The GRSS fields of interest of are the theory, concepts, and techniques of science and engineering as they apply to the remote sensing of the earth, oceans, atmosphere, and space, as well as the processing, interpretation and dissemination of this information.

The session will kick off with a welcome address from the president of the IEEE GRSS, Dr. Adriano Camps. A presentation will then be made by the current GRSS Membership Committee Chair, Dr. Xiaolong Dong on the various benefits of membership. Finally the Dr. Irena Hajnsek will introduce and showcase the various technical committees of the IEEE GRSS, established to actively promote discussion and advances in areas of member technical interests. Activities of the Technical Committees include networking within the scientific topic, organization of thematic workshops, education of young professionals, organization of special sessions at IGARSS along with hosting a committee meeting open to all IGARSS participants.

Earth Science Informatics

The mission of the Earth Science Informatics Technical Committee (ESI TC) is to advance the application of informatics to geosciences and remote sensing, to provide a venue for ESI professionals to exchange information and knowledge, and to give technology advice to major national and international ESI initiatives.

Frequency Allocations in Remote Sensing

The FARS committee mission is to provide technical assessments, guidance and recommendations regarding matters of frequency sharing and interference between remote sensing and other uses of the radiowave spectrum.

Instrumentation and Future Technologies

The IFT Technical Committee’s vision is “to foster international cooperation in advancing the state-of-the-art in geoscience remote sensing instrumentation and technologies that improve knowledge for the betterment of society and the global environment”. The Committee’s mission is to facilitate, engage and coordinate GRSS members and the communities-at-large to: assess the current state-of-the-art in remote sensing instruments and technology, identify new instrument concepts and relevant technology trends, and recognize enabling technologies for future instruments. The committee actively promotes and provides insight to institutions and industry on remote sensing instrument and technology development.

Image Analysis and Data Fusion

The Image Analysis and Data Fusion Technical Committee serves as a global, multidisciplinary, network for geospatial data fusion, connecting people and resources. It aims at educating students and professionals, and at promoting best practices in data fusion applications.

Geoscience Spaceborne Imaging Spectroscopy

The GSIS TC provides a forum for technical and programmatic discussion and consultation among national space agencies, research institutions and other spaceborne IS data providers. Goals of the GSIS TC are to share information on current and future spaceborne imaging spectroscopy (“hyperspectral”) missions, and to seek opportunities for new international partnerships to the benefit of the global user community.

Modeling in Remote Sensing

The mission of the Modeling in Remote Sensing Technical Committee (MIRS TC) is to serve as a technical and professional forum for advancing the science of predicting remotely sensed observations from first principles theory. The MIRS TC addresses the technical space between basic electromagnetic theory and data collected by remote sensing instruments. It focuses on models and techniques used to take geometric, volumetric and material composition descriptions of a scene along with their EM (e.g., scattering, absorption, emission, optical BRDF, dielectric properties, etc.) attributes and then predict for a given remote sensing instrument the resulting observation.

TU4.TIE: IEEE TAB Ad Hoc Committee on Women and Under-represented Groups

TU4.TIE: IEEE TAB Ad Hoc Committee on Women and Under-represented Groups
Session Type: Panel
Time: Tuesday, July 25, 16:20 - 18:00
Location: Room 200
Session Chairs: Linda Hayden and Melba Crawford

The session provides an opportunity craft the response of GRSS to the new 2016 IEEE - Technical Activities Board (TAB) Ad Hoc Committee on Women and Under-represented Groups (WUG) initiative. An IEEE-TAB committee member will give an overview of the charge to their committee, which includes identifying IEEE processes that are barriers to representation and inclusion and to suggest improvements.

WE2.TIE: Remote Sensing Industry Panel

WE2.TIE: Remote Sensing Industry Panel
Session Type: Panel
Time: Wednesday, July 26, 10:40 - 12:20
Location: Room 200
Session Chair: Thomas Adang

IGARSS will host a panel with members from the remote sensing industry, to discuss their ever evolving role in geoscience and remote sensing. Invitees include, but are not limited to: Airbus, Ball Aerospace, Descartes Labs, DigitalGlobe, Infoterra, Nanoracks, Planet, SPIRE and UrtheCast. Moderated by Dr. Thomas Adang of the Aerospace Corporation, the panel will discuss how their work in remote sensing addresses global challenges, and how their work ‘makes a difference’. The panel will provide a unique opportunity for the audience of IGARSS – students, educators, scientists, engineers, and the general public – of the importance of industry in remote sensing.

Dr. Thomas C. Adang is the Assistant General Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Programs Directorate for The Aerospace Corporation. He serves as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observations and Predictions (and Deputy NOAA Administrator), provides technical and managerial leadership to Directorate personnel, and manages the NOAA Programs line of business within the Civil Systems Group, a division of The Aerospace Corporation.

Dr. Adang joined The Aerospace Corporation in 2000 as a Senior Project Engineer supporting the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). In 2002, he established the Silver Spring Program Office supporting the NOAA Satellite and Information Service and served as that office’s Systems Director. In 2005, Dr. Adang began a two year federal appointment with NOAA, serving in a Senior Executive Service position as the NOAA Technical Director for Integrated Observations and Data Management. While supporting NOAA, he also was instrumental in establishing the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO), serving as Senior Technical Advisor to the ad hoc GEO Secretariat until its formal establishment and transition to Geneva, Switzerland. In 2007, Dr. Adang moved to New Mexico as Senior Technical Advisor to the Director, Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office, Kirtland AFB, NM, where he was responsible for providing technical leadership and strategic messaging support to the Department of Defense ORS Office as it developed and provided responsive space capabilities to Joint Force Commanders and other users.

WE3.TIE: Remote Sensing Industry Session

WE3.TIE: Remote Sensing Industry Session
Session Type: Panel
Time: Wednesday, July 26, 13:40 - 15:20
Location: Room 200
Session Chairs: Marwan Younis and Fabio Pacifici

This session will provide members of the remote sensing industry an opportunity to showcase their products and capabilities. Invitees include, but are not limited to: Airbus, Ball Aerospace, Descartes Labs, DigitalGlobe, Infoterra, Nanoracks, Planet, SPIRE and UrtheCast.

Marwan Younis, received his B.Sc in electrical engineering from the University of Baghdad, Iraq in 1992 and the Dipl.-Ing. (M.Sc.) and Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree in electrical engineering from the Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Germany, in 1997 and 2004, respectively. He is currently the Director of Corporate Relations for the IEEE-GRSS.

From 1998 to 2004, he was a research scientist with the Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik und Elektronik, Universität Karlsruhe (TH). Since 2005 he has been with the Microwaves and Radar Institute of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. He is the author and co-author of about 100 conference papers and more than 20 reviewed publications. His research fields include synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems, SAR performance, digital beamforming for radar, synchronization of bistatic SAR, forward looking radar, and antennas.

Fabio Pacifici received the Ph.D. degree in GeoInformation from Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy, in 2010. He also received the Laurea Specialistica and Laurea degrees in telecommunication engineering from the same University, in 2006 and 2003, respectively.

He is currently a Sr. Staff Scientist with DigitalGlobe, Inc., Longmont, Colorado, USA. He collaborated as Visiting Scientist with the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, between 2005 and 2009. His research activities include processing of remote sensing images, data fusion, feature extraction, pattern recognition, and analysis of multi-angular and multi-temporal data. His interests include classification and change detection techniques for urban remote sensing applications using very high spatial resolution optical and/or synthetic aperture radar imagery, with special emphasis on machine learning.

WE4.TIE: Remote Sensing Agency Session

WE4.TIE: Remote Sensing Agency Session
Session Type: Town Hall
Time: Wednesday, July 26, 16:20 - 18:00
Location: Room 200

Following the industry session, we have reserved time for “town-hall” discussions by agency representatives currently involved with shaping future interactions with the private sector in remote sensing. Anticipated topics include NOAA Advanced Planning activities and vision and implementation of the NASA Capability Leadership Model. Look for additional topics and details of IGARSS town hall presentations appearing on the IGARSS 2017 website, the IG17 app, and at the conference.

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 200
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: https://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/authors/author_education

Alejandro C. Frery received the B.Sc. degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the Universidad de Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina. His M.Sc. degree was in Applied Mathematics (Statistics) from the Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA, Rio de Janeiro) and his Ph.D. degree was in Applied Computing from the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE, São José dos Campos, Brazil). He is currently the leader of LaCCAN -- Laboratório de Computação Científica e Análise Numérica, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceió, Brazil. Since 2013 he is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters. His research interests are statistical computing and stochastic modelling.

Paolo Gamba is Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Pavia, Italy, where he leads the Telecommunications and Remote Sensing Laboratory and serves as Deputy Coordinator of the Ph.D. School in Electronics and Computer Science. He received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering “cum laude” from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 1989, and the Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from the same University in 1993.

He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters from 2009 to 2013, and as Chair of the Data Fusion Committee of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society from October 2005 to May 2009. Currently, he serves as GRSS Vice President for Professional Activities, Chair of the Chapters Committee, and Chair of the Symposium Awards Committee.

He has been the Guest Editor of special issues of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Remote Sensing Applications, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, International Journal of Information Fusion and Pattern Recognition Letters on the topics of Urban Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing for Disaster Management, Pattern Recognition in Remote Sensing Applications. He published more than 130 papers in international peer-review journals and presented more than 250 research works in workshops and conferences.

Antonio Plaza is the Head of the Hyperspectral Computing Laboratory at the Department of Technology of Computers and Communications, University of Extremadura. His main research interests comprise hyperspectral data processing and parallel computing of remote sensing data. He has authored more than 500 publications, including more than 150 journal papers (more than 100 in IEEE journals), 20 book chapters, and over 250 peer-reviewed conference proceeding papers. He has guest edited 9 special issues on hyperspectral remote sensing for different journals. Dr. Plaza is a Fellow of IEEE “for contributions to hyperspectral data processing and parallel computing of Earth observation data.” He is a recipient of the recognition of Best Reviewers of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters (in 2009) and a recipient of the recognition of Best Reviewers of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (in 2010), for which he served as Associate Editor in 2007-2012. He is also an Associate Editor for IEEE Access, and was a member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Newsletter (2011-2012) and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine (2013). He was also a member of the steering committee of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS). He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing journal.

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 200
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: http://nspires.nasaprs.com. 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 http://sara.nasa.gov contains information on all ROSES solicitations. There is an email address (SARA@nasa.gov) 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.

TH3.TIE: Navigating Technology Transition

TH3.TIE: Navigating Technology Transition
Session Type: Oral
Time: Thursday, July 27, 13:40 - 15:20
Location: Room 200
Session Chairs: George Komar and Muralidharan Nair

This session will focus on the development of concepts and technology, and the various way to climb technology readiness levels. We will feature speakers from the NASA Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) and the NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program to showcase the various opportunities available, host a discussion on navigating technology transition.

George J. Komar has over 38 years experience in engineering, program, project and operational management. Presently he serves as the Associate Director in the Earth Science Division and Program Manager for the Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) for NASA. In this capacity he is responsible for developing, integrating and managing all the advanced technology developments that will enable future Earth Science capabilities.

He recently he served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Technology for the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), where he was responsible for planning, advocating, and optimizing an integrated advanced technology program. He was the Program Manager for the Landsat 7 Program and the TOPEX/Poseidon Program. George also managed the integration of the NASA Space Station Ground System Program for Space Station Freedom.

Murali S. Nair is a Program Director in the areas of Electronic Hardware, Robotics, and Wireless Technologies with the SBIR/STTR Program. Prior to joining NSF, he was the Founder CEO of a Bluetooth wireless product company. In this capacity, he raised equity capital for worldwide operations in the U.S., China and India. He designed, planned and implemented the product development cycle, and managed the marketing strategy, strategic alliances and business development processes. Before that, he was a Senior Systems Engineer at L-3 Communications where he provided strategic advice to the Executive VP for a complete re-plan of the Hughes contract for real-time, embedded ground control software for the $350M PANAMSAT communications satellite. Prior to joining L-3 Communications, he was a Mission Planner at Motorola Iridium where he was involved in all aspects of satellite operations including orbit determination, generating guidance targets and orbital slot placement. Before joining Iridium, he was a faculty member at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he developed an entire Space Systems Design Lab from concept inception to fully operational mode and national prominence, and supervised five (5) space system designs, three (3) of which were winners in the National AIAA/Loral Design Competition. He is a recipient of a number of awards including NSF’s second highest award for meritorious service and the President’s Innovation Award for Space Systems Design courses while at Embry-Riddle. Murali is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology and the University of Texas. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida.

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 200
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)

Panelists

David Bannon is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Headwall Photonics, responsible for shaping the Company’s vision and corporate direction. Through his entrepreneurial leadership, David has positioned Headwall as a worldwide provider of instrument-based spectral sensing solutions that touch many aspects of daily life. From precision agriculture and industrial food inspection to critical areas such as homeland security and military reconnaissance, David has helped bring the science of spectral imaging to new application areas and geographical regions while ushering in entirely new and affordable product categories.

David has authored numerous technology and application articles and has established key patents in the area of spectral imaging. He has also chaired industry association forums and often speaks to diverse audience groups on the topic of spectral sensing and imaging technology.

Active in the non-profit sector, David also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Metrowest, a philanthropic organization based in Massachusetts.

Matthew Ferraro is an Applied R&D engineer at Planet. He has been with the company for 5 years and is a member of Planet's founding team.

During his tenure at Planet, he's helped build several of the company's critical technologies. Matt started designing embedded radio interfaces and bus communications for Planet's first-ever satellite builds—Doves 1 and 2. He later moved on to work on Planet's first mission control infrastructure and interfaces, before leading the development of Planet's automated Image Registration/Ortho-Rectification efforts. Now, as a member of the Applied R&D team, Matt investigates everything from machine learning and imagery change detection techniques to exotic spacecraft sensor technologies and advanced data visualization tools.

Before Planet, Matt worked on several projects as an intern at NASA Ames, notably the PhoneSat project. Matt received a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.

At T-Systems Jurry de la Mar is working with European Institutions developing and implementing new ICT solutions, cloud computing and security solutions. Generating cost savings and improving productivity for public sector organizations and programs is in his focus. With T-Systems being one of the core service providers for the European Earth observation program Copernicus and Jurry coordinating their involvement he has a long experience on big Earth observation data distribution, storage and processing.

Jurry holds a PhD in Physics from the Free University Amsterdam and a degree (SEP) from the London Business School.

Timo Stuffler is Director Business Development at OHB Systems in Germany. OHB is the industry PI on the German Hyperspectral EO mission EnMAP.

Timo holds a PhD in Physics from Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich.

Douglas Bancroft joined the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC)—a division of Environment Canada—in 1981 and then served progressively in several weather centres. He eventually became officer-in-charge of the west coast Canadian Meteorology and Oceanography Centre.

From there, he accepted a promotion to Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in 2000 as a senior science advisor. In 2003, he was named national DFO director of Oceanography and Climate Science.

Bancroft returned to MSC in 2006, as the director of the Canadian Ice Service and co-director of the North American Ice Service. He was then promoted to director general of the Canada Center for Remote Sensing with Natural Resources Canada in 2010.

In 2013, Bancroft retired from the public service and transitioned to the private sector and academia. Today, he is president of EO DVC LTD (an earth observation consulting company based in Victoria, BC), business manager with the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility, and serves on three boards of directors. He is also a visiting scientist/sessional instructor at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria.

Doug holds a BSc in physics, a specialized undergraduate diploma in meteorology, and an MSc in physical oceanography.

Michael Rast holds a doctorate in Geology. Following specialisation in geoscientific photogrammetry and remote sensing at the University of Munich he has after joining the European Space Agency ESA mainly been involved in establishing science and mission requirements for Earth observation satellite sensors, such as MERIS on Envisat. His research interests in the past were following a research year at NASA’s JPL mainly in the area of imaging spectroscopy for terrestrial ecosystems. He was heading the Land/Surfaces Unit at ESA’s Mission Science Division at ESTEC, the Netherlands for several years prior to his secondment to the GEO Secretariat in Geneva as Senior Programme Officer. Since 2008 he is Head for the Science Strategy, Coordination and Planning Office in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy. Michael Rast is holding a teaching affiliation as a professor at the Department for Geography of the University of Munich, Germany.

Robert O. Green has been involved in environmental imaging spectroscopy research from 1983 to present including the AVIRIS program at Nasa JPL, Pasadena. He is science team member for 4 spaceborne and 5 airborne imaging spectrometers instruments and a PI of the decadal survey mission HyspIRI. His focus is on the end-to-end science requirements from science question to calibration to instrument to photons. Recent research activities include: spectroscopy of the three phases of water; snow and ice hydrology, wild fire measurement, ecology, atmospheric spectroscopy and radiative transfer; connection of instrument specification, characterization, calibration and validation to science and application objective.

Rob holds a PhD, in Spectroscopy of the Three Phases of Water from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an MSc and a BSc from Stanford University.