Plenary Speakers

Dr. Sytze de Bruin
Wageningen University and Research

TITLE OF PRESENTATION:
Matching technological advances to user needs

Abstract:
Advancements in computational power, sensor technology, connectivity and storage capacity provide us with unprecedented capabilities for producing geospatial data. At the same time, the severity of human impact on the environment and the pace at which changes occur in today’s world require production of timely and on-demand information products for end-users in different domains and at a range of scale-levels. This presentation will provide examples of attempts to link technological advances and user needs.

ABOUT:
Dr. Sytze de Bruin holds an MSc in Soil Science and a PhD in Geo-information Science of Wageningen University. His research and education focus on developing and using methods for transforming spatial data into useful geo-information. He is particularly interested in assessment of fitness-for-purpose, data acquisition, including spatial and temporal sampling and sensing and other quantitative methods used for spatial and temporal analysis. He has been involved in several research projects with applications ranging from land degradation assessment to precision agriculture. Sytze de Bruin has (co)-authored over 70 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters. He is associate editor of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science.

Dr. Alias Abdul Rahman
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

TITLE OF PRESENTATION:
3D database for 3D city model

ABOUT:
Alias Abdul Rahman Received his PhD from University of Glasgow, U.K in year 2000. Prior to his doctorate education, he spent two years in ITC, Enschede, The Netherlands from 1990 to 1991 for his postgraduate studies in GIS, both for his MSc and Pg. Dipl. His bachelor education began in London from 1984 to 1987 at North East London Polytechnic (a.k.a University of East London) and Diploma in Land Surveying at UTM from 1980 to 1983. His research, academic and professional activities both local and international focuses on 3D Geoinformation or 3D GIS. He is the founder of 3D Geoinfo International Conference series since 2006 until today as well as the founder of GeoAdvances International Conference series since 2012. Country representative for UDMS (Urban Data Management Society) since 2007. He is actively involves in various national working groups or committees in geomatic and GIS as well as Geomatic and Land Survey Division (GLS) of Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM). He involved with International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Commission 2 WG Multi-dimensional from 2008 – 2012. Currently he is a board member for Federation International Geomatics (FIG) Commission 2 WG Professional Education and Accreditation as well as FIG Commission 7 for WG 3D Cadastre. He authored and co-authored several hundreds of technical papers (including journals and peer reviewed conference proceedings). Received several invitations as keynote and invited speaker in Glasgow, Melbourne, Bandung, Kuala Lumpur, Karabuk, Stuttgart, Delft, and Istanbul international conferences and workshops. Recently appointed as an Editor for IJ3DIM (International Journal for 3D Information Modelling) by IGI Global publishing house. He also an editor and author for several books with Springer-Verlag, German publishing house as well as reviewer for various renowned international journals in GIS including IJGIS, ISPRS journal, KSCE journal, Geo Journal. He is a visiting professor at the Stuttgart University of Applied Science (a.k.a HFT Stuttgart), Germany and 3D city modelling technical advisor for BIMTAS IBB Istanbul, Turkey. 3D GIS research proposals evaluator for Netherlands Research Council as well as Canadian Research Agency. He was appointed as PhD thesis examiner for University of Melbourne, TU Delft, The Netherlands, the University of Glasgow, and MSc thesis for TU Berlin, Germany and Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey. Recently appointed as a panel member for Best (Cum-Laude) PhD thesis in geospatial science for TU Delft, The Netherlands, and as juror for international 3D city modelling government projects by Bentley in 2015 (London) and in 2017 (Singapore).

Dr. Ismail Rakip Karas
Karabuk University, Turkey

TITLE OF PRESENTATION:
User-Centric Geo-Spatial Evacuation System For Smart Cities

Abstract:
In this talk, 3D Network Analyses and Interactive Human Navigation System for indoor which consists of three components will be presented. The first component is used to extract the geometrical and 3D topological vector data automatically from architectural raster floor plans. The second component is used for network analysis and simulations. It generates and presents the optimum path in a 3D modeled building, and provides 3D visualization and simulation. And the third component is used to carry out the generation of the guiding expressions and it also provides that information for the mobile devices such as PDA’s, laptops etc via Internet.

In addition, an Intelligent Evacuation Model for Smart Buildings will be introduced in this presentation. The model dynamically takes into account environmental (smoke, fire, etc.) and human-induced (age, disability, etc.) factors and generates personalized evacuation route by performing network analysis interactively and in real-time. Intelligent Control Techniques (Feed-Forward Artificial Neural Networks) has been used in the design of the model.


ABOUT:
Ismail Rakip Karas is a Professor of Computer Engineering Department and Head of 3D-GeoInformatics Research Group at Karabuk University, Turkey. He received his BSc degree from Selcuk University, MSc degree from Gebze Institute of Technology, and PhD degree from GIS and Remote Sensing program of Yildiz Technical University, in 1997, 2001 and 2007 respectively, three of them from Geomatics Engineering Department. In 2002, he involved in a GIS project at Forest Engineering Department, Oregon State University, USA. During the various periods of 2010, 2011, and 2014, he was a Visiting Researcher in 3D GIS Research Lab, Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Between 2000-2009, he was a Research Assistant at Geomatics Engineering Department of Gebze Institute of Technology. Since 2009, he has been in Karabuk University and taught undergraduate and graduate classes in Geoinformation and Computer Sciences.

Prof Dr Ismail Rakip Karas is the Member of Executive Committee in CAYDAG-TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey). He has also carried out administrative duties such as Head of Computer Science Division of Department, Director of Safranbolu Vocational School of Karabuk University. Currently, he is the Dean of Safranbolu Fine Art and Design Faculty in same university. As a keynote speaker, Prof Karas has been invited to the different high level conferences. He is the author of more than a hundred international and Turkish publications and papers on various areas of Geoinformation Science. He has organized and chaired some important conferences and workshops such as Geo-Advances 2017. He is in the editorial board of “International Journal of Geo-Spatial Knowledge and Intelligence”, “American Journal of Geographic Information System”, and some others. He has involved in Tubitak, EU, and other national and international projects and got various awards and supports during his research activities. For more information please visit; http://www.ismailkaras.com

Wataru Ohira, Ph.D.
The University of Tokyo

TITLE OF PRESENTATION:
Geographic transmission monitoring for vector-born disease control using ICT, GIS, and remote sensing

Abstract:
For effectively implement mosquito-borne disease control, it is necessary to grasp the distribution of the patients, the habitat of the vector mosquitoes, and the population distribution, analyze them, and develop various strategies. Effective information provision and decision support is possible by combining the latest ICT, GIS, and RS. Taking malaria as an example, I will introduce methods for patient location, population distribution, and automatic monitoring of mosquito habitats, as well as lecture on the possibility of infection risk prediction and epidemic prediction using the collected data.

ABOUT:
Wataru Ohira is currently project researcher of Center for Spatial Information Science at The University of Tokyo. He earned his Master of Agriculture at Toyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, in 1987, and his Ph.D. in Remote Sensing from Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani in 2012. In his thesis work he pioneered the two-dimensional numerical simulation of the attenuation of the tsunami inundation energy was performed with 3-dimensional morphological parameter of tree as a form drugs on surface, the role of mangrove forests was evaluated, and related to the operation plan. Before his Ph.D., he was a scientific researcher for during that period, he researched tropical forests for 11 countries in Asia using remote sensing for Japan Wildlife Research Center, Japan Forest Technology Association, Contract consultant for UNESCAP and short-term expert for JICA. After completing his Ph.D., he accepted a position as a project researcher at The University of Tokyo. During that time, he researched and analyzed on natural and urban environment spatial data for social issues solutions.

Achievements; Mosquito sensing system development / Geographic transmission analysis of malaria / People flow data analysis for Ebola case management / Development of low cost RTK-GNSS receiver system / Rural mapping /Orchard trees detection using Open CV / DEM generation using ALOS_PRISM / RTK-GNSS survey / Mobile mapping using 3D-scanner / Mobile mapping using street view camera / Real-time mapping system development for infectious disease / Population estimation in Bago Yoma, Myanmar / Clear Sky-Day mapping using MODIS / Tsunami damping performance of mangrove using Two dimensional numerical simulation / Rizhophora sp. stilt roots morphology model development / Mangrove biomass estimation using remote sensing / Sea-bed DEM generation by sounding / Forest dynamics analysis in eastern part of Asia using high-frequency time-series satellite images

Dr. Michael Armand P. Canilao
University of the Philippines, Diliman

TITLE OF PRESENTATION: Technology in Archaeology: Remote Sensing Archaeological Features for Heritage Management

Abstract:
Recent advances in RS and GIS data science has benefited fields that deal with heritage management in the Philippines including archaeology. The use of RS and GIS methods features efficiency in utilizing limited time and resources in the conduct of archaeology, translating to targeted explorations and ground-truthing. The availability of RS and GIS methods also allow the researcher to employ a multiscalar approach that bridges more traditional approaches that deal with microscale, single sites. The presentation will demonstrate how RS and GIS methods have proven to be quite useful using case studies in Northwestern Luzon archaeology. A series of case studies looked at emergent markets for gold and other Luzon products that became well-established during the Early Historical Period (10th to 16th c).Use of RS and GIS methods facilitated the plotting of ancient trail segments and ancient trade and exchange nodes on a base map as a preliminary database for heritage management. This dataset is deemed to be the first step towards organizing an archaeological geospatial “big data” with crucial archaeological heritage site information here in the Philippines.

ABOUT:
Michael Armand P. Canilao aka “Migs” completed his Doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2018. He also completed a Masters in Environmental and Urban Geography at UIC in 2017 and a Masters in Anthropology at UIC in 2015. He also earned a Masters in Archaeology at the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2008. He earned his Bachelors degree in Social Sciences at the University of the Philippines Baguio in 2003. He was a recipient of five DigitalGlobe Foundation imagery grants from 2016 to 2018 with matching support from Hexagon Geospatial.

He utilized RS and GIS serving in projects including subcontracting for the US Department of Defense recovery efforts of World War 2 Missing in Action service personnel in the Philippines from 2016 to 2018. Currently he serves as a consultant as part of the RS and GIS unit of the Information Management Office of the National Security Council in the Philippines. He is also a Research Associate in Archaeology with the National Museum of the Philippines. He is an Associate Professor at the Archaeological Studies Program of the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Dr. Maricor Soriano
University of the Philippines, Diliman

TITLE OF PRESENTATION:
The Automated Rapid Reef Assessment System – A Decade Since its Inception

Abstract:
Similar to forests, coral reefs are natural resources that provide habitat for marine life, jobs, food, and protection for people living near coastal areas. Unlike forests, coral reefs are difficult to see from airborne or spaceborne cameras since they can be anywhere between 5 to 30 meters under the sea. This talk is about the development of affordable and easy-to-use tools to conduct rapid, diver-free reef assessment and visualization in a way that provides permanent visualization and mapping. From its inception in 2009, the Automated Rapid Reef Assessment System (ARRAS) Project and its successor the Coral Reef Assessment and Visualization – Advanced Tools (CRAVAT) Project have produced mosaics and belt maps for 2000km out of the 10,000 km of Philippine coastline with coral reefs.

ABOUT:
Maricor Soriano is a physics professor from the University of the Philippines Diliman whose research interest is in color, video and image processing. She has collaborated with marine scientists to create tools to visualize coral reefs, with museums to digitally preserve and analyze paintings, and with public health experts to create smartphone-based tools for microscopic diagnosis. For her multidisciplinary work she was recognized in 2006 as Outstanding Young Scientist in Applied Physics, one of nine 2013 Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service in 2013, and was awarded in 2015 a Leaders in Innovation Fellowship by the UK government. In 2018 her work on creating advanced tools for coral reef assessment and visualization won the Philippine Council on Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development Award.

Prof. Dr. Hassan Rhinane
University of Hassan II of Casablanca

TITLE OF PRESENTATION:
Thinking and shaping a smart city in developing country. Case Study: Casablanca Morocco

Abstract:
Like cities in developed countries, cities in developing countries are seeking to take advantage of the emergence of new technologies to become smart cities. This paper sheds light on the great challenges faced by these cities in embarking on the smart city project, using Casablanca Morocco as a case study. The various awareness-raising efforts and digital transition launched by the administration will be presented. Research work on the contribution and use of new information and communication technologies, which is part of the framework of cooperation between the university and city officials, will be explored

ABOUT:
Prof. Dr. Hassan Rhinane is full professor at the Faculty of Science, University of Hassan II Casablanca. Head of Geosciences laboratory and Director of Research Center of GIS and Patrimony affiliated to the Hassan II University of Casablanca. He is also expert in computer sciences with more than 20 years of experiences in remote sensing, informatic programming and database and geodatabase management. He is Member of The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) & Africa funded by African Union, an initiative of the European Union and the European Space Agency (ESA), being developed to provide, sustainable, reliable and timely services related to environmental and security issues in order to support the needs of users and public policymakers. His research focuses on the use of spatial technology ,GIS and remote sensing to model different environments particularly those related to the urban. He was involved as pilot project coordinator in the Urban Agriculture in Casablanca which is a German-Moroccan research project of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the megacity research programme “Research for the Sustainable Development of Megacities of Tomorrow, Focus: Energy- and climate-efficient structures in urban growth centers”. He nowadays focusses on quantitative methods, based on modelling and statistical analyses coupled with big data and learning machine of different environmental problems such urban expansion, modelling and estimating solar photovoltaic energy of urban roofs, ecosystem services. For publications please refer to:
https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=57189269615


Dr. Joel S. Marciano, Jr.
Advanced Science and Technology Institute – Department of Science and Technology, Philippines;
University of the Philippines Diliman

TITLE OF PRESENTATION:
Value Creation from Data and Computing Through Small Satellites

Abstract:
In 2014, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), in collaboration with Tohoku University and Hokkaido University in Japan, embarked on a collaborative, interdisciplinary research and capacity-building program on small satellite development. Funded by the DOST Grants-in-Aid (GIA) Program, the “Development of the Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite” or PHL-MICROSAT (2015-2018) and its successor, “Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement” or STAMINA4Space (2018-2022), were undertaken with the objective of building, launching, utilizing and strategically localizing small satellite technology for scientific earth observation applications. Five years from the start of the small satellite development program, Filipino researchers have been engaged in the development of a total of thirteen (13) small satellites, which are either currently under development (7), used in local laboratories as experimental testbeds (3) or completed and subsequently deployed into orbit (3). Like other space new entrants, the Philippines looks to nano- and microsatellite technology as a practicable beachhead approach for cost-effective scientific earth observation, capacity-building and the expansion of a domestic space industry base. The so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by AI, robotics, advanced computing, connectivity, and the Internet of Things, is bringing closer and broader attention to these small satellites and geospatial technologies, especially on the ability to generate timely and relevant (big) data from space. By deploying small satellites into space – or putting computers in orbit – the country looks to obtain richer content that address present and future needs in areas such as disaster risk reduction & management, environmental monitoring & protection, food security, land use, resource assessment, among others. These data support scientific discovery and better understanding of the environment, evidence-based policies for more responsive programs and inclusive innovation, and a knowledge economy that capably and sustainably addresses information poverty. In this presentation, we present updates and share insights on the ongoing small satellite and space technology development activities of STAMINA4Space and affiliated projects in the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the DOST.

ABOUT:
Dr. Joel Marciano Jr. is the Acting Director (on secondment) of the Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ASTI). He is also a Professor at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute of the College of Engineering, University of the Philippines Diliman, where he held the Dado and Maria Banatao Institute Professorial Chair at the College of Engineering from 2009-2016. He obtained his BS Electrical Engineering from UP Diliman and his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the University of New South Wales ins Sydney, Australia. He was the UP-Dado Banatao Postdoctoral Fellow at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC), University of California, Berkeley in 2004 and at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2005. In 2007 and 2009, he was a Visiting Associate Research Scientist in UCSD. He served as the Director of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute in UP Diliman from 2009-2015 and as the Interim Director of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Development (IIID) of the Philippines-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) under the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) from 2013-2016. His research interests include wireless communications, RF & microwave engineering, software-defined radio and small satellite systems engineering as applied to rural connectivity, emergency response communications, disaster risk reduction and scientific earth observation. He has served as a technical consultant for Integrated Microelectronics Inc (IMI), Emerson Network Power and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Dr. Marciano is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communications Engineers of Japan (IEICE) and the ASEAN Engineers Registry. Dr. Marciano is a recipient of several awards the Gawad Chanselor Para sa Natatanging Guro in the University of the Philippines Diliman, the Most Outstanding Electronics Engineer in the field of Education from the Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP), the 2015 Manila Water Foundation Prize for Engineering Excellence and the Distinguished Alumni Award in Science and Technology from the University of the Philippines Alumni