RSPC News - October 2020

October 14, 2020
Committee Report


Several regional remote sensing and photogrammetry conferences will be presented online in the next few months.

The Asian Association on Remote Sensing annual conference previously planned to be held in October in China will now be on-line from Deqing City from the 9th to the 11th of November. The theme of the conference is Remote Sensing for a Digital Economy with main topic areas being, Sensors and Platforms, Algorithm and Image Processing, GIS and Web GIS, Cloud Computing, Big Data and AI for Remote Sensing. More information about the conference can be found at and importantly the conference will be free to all registrants. Australia is the only non-Asian country that is a full member of the Asian Association on Remote Sensing.

Our colleagues in Malaysia will also be conducting the 10th IGRSM (The Institution of Geospatial and Remote Sensing Malaysia) International Conference from the 20th to the 21st of October, 2020, with the theme Advancing Geospatial 4.0. Topics. There will be presentation sessions on Technology Trends, Navigation, Big Data, Forestry, Agriculture, Infrastructure & Urban Planning, Land Use / Land Cover Mapping, Disaster Management, and Environmental Monitoring.

Several important events have occurred recently that may impact the fields of remote sensing and photogrammetry –

  • The NASA Search and Rescue Office has entered into a collaborative agreement with Smartsat Cooperative Research Centre to advance distress related communication and navigation technology.
  • Australia’s first commercial rocket launch took place in South Australia.  The Dart rocket is 3.4m long and is part of Plan Jericho, and Australian Airforce program involving the detection and tracking of targets 100km into space.

The Federal Government, in the recent budget, has chosen six priority manufacturing sectors to benefit from $1.5 billion funding.  These are -

  • Resource Technology and Critical Minerals Processing
  • Food and Beverages
  • Medical Products
  • Recycling and Clean Energy
  • Defence
  • Space

Space and Defence are obvious sectors where remote sensing and photogrammetry industrial and commercial companies could have significant input. However all of the other areas could also benefit from specialised applications of close-range photogrammetry, laser profiling, and near range sensing.

Dr Bruce Forster

Welcome to our New Members

We would like to extend a warm welcome to new members to SSSI and the Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Commission.

  • Seen Lee NSW
  • Konstantinos Chatzopoulos Vouzoglanis (Kostas) VIC
  • Philemon Akao WA

IEEE Workshop on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 2020 (IWGRS 2020)

The Science & Technology Research Institute for Defence (STRIDE) is a co-organiser for the IEEE Workshop on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 2020 (IWGRS 2020), which will be held online on 24 November 2020. IWGRS is an annual workshop that is aimed at providing a forum to share knowledge and experience on recent developments and advancements in geoscience and remote sensing technologies, particularly in the context of Earth observation, disaster monitoring and risk assessment.

Further details on the workshop are available at

Participation in the workshop is free for everyone by registering at the following link by 31 October 2020:


Climate Change and Disaster Management (CCDM)

The Climate Change and Disaster Management (CCDM) conference is taking place online from 30 November – 4 December 2020. The CCCM consists of three conferences:

For more details please check the CCDM website.

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