Project Description

The application is for a high-level workshop of specialists on Geospatial Information Technologies and
Environmental Applications co-organised by ETHZ and VAST, however the aims are much broader. The target countries include all SE Asian countries (incl. the countries mentioned in this call for proposals, especially Thailand). Furthermore, this action is based on long-standing ties between the applicants and the international scientific and professional organisations, where they are involved (ISPRS and AARS) and the impact will be much larger. This action is thought as a step towards additional forms of cooperation like personnel exchanges, especially students from Vietnam, and cofounded research projects. Apart from the main organisers, the workshop will be actively supported by Prof. em. Armin Gruen (ETHZ) and Prof. Clive Fraser (Univ. of Melbourne), who are active since decades in Asia and ISPRS and AARS. The workshop is supported (see attachments) by ISPRS (founded 1910, member of ICSU, representing 50,000 Geomatics professionals) and AARS (the only Asian Geomatics Association). The workshop is also supported by AIT (Thailand) with which ETH and our group has close ties and previous projects. Furthermore, we have the support of the Swiss company Sarmap (Dr. Francesco Holecz), a worldwide pioneering company in Remote Sensing, especially using radar, which has been involved in various projects (incl. financing by DEZA) to develop practical and operational methods for nationwide rice monitoring, especially in SE Asia, including Vietnam. We furthermore intend to involve various Swiss partners including Dr. Jan Skaloud, Geodetic Eng. Lab, EPFL, Prof. Francois Gervaix, Company easy2map, Prof. Stephan Nebiker (Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW), and companies like e.g. Leica Geosystems. Lastly, the applicant E. Baltsavias had a meeting last October with GISTDA (Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, Thailand) representatives. GISTDA has been appointed in the last ASEAN countries meeting October 2014 in Myanmar as the Regional Training Center in these technologies. An event is planned for April 2016 and we intend to invite GISTDA to contribute to this workshop and explore possibilities for further co-operation.

Dr. Emmanuel Baltsavias
Dr. Duong Nguyen Dinh