Virtual TIE: Event Details

The TIE (technology, industry, and education) activities that are part of the annual IGARSS conference will be undergoing a format change this year. These activities will be presented as a series of free webinars distributed during the summer and autumn of 2020. We are in the process of finalizing the full slate of activities, but they will include educational seminars, code workshops, panels, and a virtual mixer! These activities are being brought to you by a number of GRSS groups including Young Professionals, IDEA, Educational Activities, and the industry outreach team. Watch your inbox, the event details on this page, and the GRSS social media channels for updates as the details become available. We look forward to seeing you virtually this year! No conference registration needed!

HSUSO/GLOBE Teacher Training
17 July, 16:00 US/Eastern
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GLOBE is an international program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. The GLOBE Program is offering educators multiple two-hour trainings over 2 days to learn how to engage 6-12 grade students in field research using GLOBE protocols.

How to Publish in GRSS and Be Effective
7 August, 09:00 US/Eastern
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This webinar is meant to provide basic information for authors interested in publishing in GRSS journals to create a high impact paper. Topics to be covered are paper structure and format, reproducibility and replicability, as well asethics. The webinar is intended for authors at all levels, but it is especially suited for Young Professionals and PhD students near the beginning of their careers. The instructors are Alejandro Frery, from Unversidad Federal de Alagoas, Brazil, former Editor in Chief of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, and Paolo Gamba, GRSS President.

Deep Learning in Remote Sensing: Challenges, Solutions, and What Makes Us Different
2 September, 12:00 US/Eastern
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Join us for a fireside chat focused on the use of deep learning in remote sensing, a domain quite different from the natural image domain that deep learning algorithms are often crafted for. We will dive into how remote sensing and computer scientists have navigated this field within the remote sensing domain, what challenges they've encountered along the way, and how they've dealt with or overcome them. We'll be joined by speakers Ilke Demir (Intel), Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero (Maxar), Dalton Lunga (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Jake Shermeyer (In-Q-Tel), and Sherrie Wang (Stanford).

Speakers, in alphabetical order:

  • Ilke Demir (Intel Corporation)
  • Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero (Maxar)
  • Dalton Lunga (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
  • Jake Shermeyer (In-Q-Tel)
  • Sherrie Wang (Stanford)
Young Professionals Mixer
9 September, 12:00 US/Eastern
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The Young Professionals (YP) mixer is a chance for GRSS YPs to have an informal meet and greet and to network with accomplished professionals from industry and academia. For 2020, this event is going to be held in a unique remote format. We will have a fun trivia competition and will invite senior GRSS members to share stories about their careers and offer advice to the YPs.

Young Professionals Panel
16 September, 12:00 US/Eastern
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The inaugural IGARSS Young Professionals (YP) panel will host academic and industry professionals from around the world to discuss how to navigate the myriad career options and the associated challenges for Young Professionals in geoscience and remote sensing. We will also host a Q&A session at the end during which selected questions will be posed to the panelists.

Geospatial Start-up Workshop: Creating a Business That Thrives
24 September, 13:00 US/Eastern
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Starting a successful geospatial business takes more than just a good idea. This workshop will walk you through the basics of setting up the right legal structure, examining the many funding options, pitching your idea to investors, and marketing your product once the business is up and running. This panel brings together four business experts with decades of experience in the geospatial industry. You will leave this workshop understanding what it takes to start – and run – a business that succeeds for the long term in the competitive global marketplace.

Three Minute Thesis
23 September, 10:00 US/Eastern
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3MT®, founded by the University of Queensland in 2008, is an academic competition that cultivates students’ presentation and research communication skills and challenges them to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience with one static slide. This competition will be held as a part of IGARSS 2020 and is open to all students. Students will be able to submit videos to a video platform of their choice, and the 10 best presenters will be selected to present to a panel of judges remotely on September 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM (US/EST). Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 presenters.

3MT IGARSS 2020 Finalists

  1. Fatih Yıldız
    “Monitoring and Exploring Natural Hazard Risk in Teos Ancient City Using Remote Sensing and GIS”
    Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey
  2. Yan Yu
    “Remote Sensing and Open Social Data Integration for Urban Applications”
    Sun Yat-sen University, China
  3. T. Warren de Wit
    “Human Intent-Guided Autonomous Systems”
    University of Alabama Huntsville, United States
  4. Yinyi Lin
    “Multisource Strategy for Shadow Free Impervious Surface Mapping”
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  5. Bungo Konishi
    “Complex-valued Reservoir Computing for SAR Data Analysis”
    Tokyo University, Japan
  6. Nur Fatin Irdina Zulhamidi
    “Identification of Faults Using Remote Sensing and Gravity”
    Universiti Sains Malaysia
  7. Jakob Gawlikowski
    “Robust Machine Learning Based Data Fusion Methods”
    TU Munich, Germany
  8. Min Zhao
    “Nonlinear Hyperspectral Data Unmixing via Deep Autoencoder Networks”
    Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
  9. Isa Muhammad Zumo
    “Evaluating Grazing Land Livestock Carrying Capacity from Satellite Data”
    Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  10. Endrit Shehaj
    “A Journey of Satellite Signals through the Atmosphere”
    ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Better Tools for Reproducible Science
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During this session, attendees will work on example notebooks and exercises which analyze geospatial data in a web-hosted Project Jupyter notebook. Users will not have to install any package or download any data. Attendees will gain experience with popular python libraries for analysis such as numpy, xarray, pandas and geopandas. Attendees will learn about how to use Jupyter notebooks and widgets to create interactive plots and visualizations that make sharing research engaging and collaborative. Attendees will learn to discover and use data remotely so that no data download is required and the process of generating results is fully repeatable for anyone with an internet connection.

Communicating Science Effectively
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This workshop will help attendees develop strong scientific communication skills across written and spoken domains. The workshop will go through the key “musts” for effective communication and tool kits for upgrading and strengthening their scientific communication. These communication strategies will cover written and visual communication in both physical and electronic media.

IDEA/WISE-E Inspire & Empower Panel
29 October, 12:00 US/Eastern
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As part of the IGARSS 2020 Virtual TIE Events, we are pleased to invite you to this session co-organized by the GRSS IDEA (Inspire, Develop, Empower, and Advance) committee and WISE-E (Women in Science, Engineering, and the Environment). We will be taking a world tour of cutting-edge remote sensing and geoscience research featuring the successful women scientists behind the work. You’ll discover where and how they work, hear about their experiences in and passion in science and engineering, and learn from their journeys. The live event will feature a moderated Q&A panel.

IDEA Diversity & Inclusion Fireside Chat
21 October, 12:00 US/Eastern
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As part of the IGARSS 2020 Virtual TIE Events, we are pleased to invite you to this session organized by the GRSS IDEA (Inspire, Develop, Empower, and Advance) committee. In lieu of our annual WinGRSS luncheon, we will be hosting this informal gathering to 1) provide an update on IDEA committee activities throughout the year and 2) to hold a “fireside chat” focused on building our committee’s initiatives to develop and advance diversity and inclusion within our society. This fireside chat will serve as an opportunity to discuss different types of existing diversity and inclusion programs, with an emphasis on how success for such programs is defined and measured.

CV/Resume Workshop "Students, Internships and Industry"
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Are you currently a student, academic or researcher interested in a career in industry? Are you unsure about how to convert your CV into a resume, or best practices for the job search? Join our webinar, "Students, Internships and Industry" to learn how to find and land a new position in remote sensing.

OGC API overview and Implementation Webinar
11 November 12:00 US/Eastern
Registration link: Zoom meeting
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Join OGC for an overview of the new OGC APIs designed for application developers to facilitate the sharing and using of location information across a wide variety of domains involving geospatial data. Learn how the APIs enable multiple location technologies to function seamlessly to reduce development time, accelerate integration of heterogeneous resources and improve cross-system or resource interoperability. Topics include:

  • OGC APIs: Why? (covers issues with open information sharing that have led to the OGC APIs)
  • OGC APIs: What? (covers the landscape of APIs)
  • OGC APIs: How? (covers how contributors across the globe are working to enable them -- OGC sprints)
  • OGC APIs: Examples
SpaceNet: Building an Open Source Analytics Ecosystem for Geospatial Applications
14 October 12:00 US/Eastern
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There has been exponential growth in computer vision research focused on deep learning techniques. The significant advances in image classification, object detection, and image segmentation have profound implications for a wide variety of geospatial applications, including foundational mapping. SpaceNet LLC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating open source, applied computer vision research, have striven to direct more research and development towards remote sensing applications. Since its informal launch in 2016, SpaceNet has labeled and open sourced over 26,000 km2 of satellite imagery and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data, structured and hosted six public data science challenges, and open sourced 28 deep learning algorithms from the challenges. It is planning to launch its seventh public challenge in August featuring a deep time series dataset. In this talk, members from SpaceNet will provide an overview of their previous work, a deep dive into some of the key findings from recent challenges, and discussion about emerging trends in the computer vision and geospatial domains.

SpaceNet is co-founded and managed by In-Q-Tel’s CosmiQ in coordination with its co-founder Maxar Technologies and the other SpaceNet Partners: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Capella Space, TopCoder, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and Planet. All of the datasets, code, papers, and evaluations are available at

Platform Workshop [TBD Event Details]
Date/Time TBD
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The industry workshop is an opportunity for the GRSS community to learn about geospatial software capabilities that are available to remote sensing professionals. These presentations by industry leaning professionals Register for the conference or follow GRSS to learn more about the this year’s lineup is finalized.