Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 37th

Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 37th

Delegates of Geoscience & Digital Earth Centre (INSTeG) headed by Prof Sr Dr Mazlan Hashim have made impact in the recent 37th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing, held in Manila, the Philippines from 20-24 October 2015. This annual gathering of the Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS) not only serve as a annual general meeting for all AARS members but also have been a crowdly-followed conference by all remote sensing and related technologies professionals, scientists, engineers, researchers, policy makers, students , etc. ARRS has regular memberships of all countries in the Asia and Pacific, apart from worldwide sustaining members. INSTeG-UTM is an associate member of AARS. A total of 750 participants have attended this 37th ACRS. Malaysia pledged an intention of hosting ACRS 2018.

INSTeG delegates comprised of Prof Mazlan Hashim, Dr Nadzri Mohd Reba, and Dr Amin Beirvand Pour, also joined by 3 PhD students namely Syarifudin Misbari, Linda Rozaini and Maslina Natar. All have made their oral presentations, lead by sub-plenary presentation of Prof Mazlan Hashim, and technical sessions by others and also poster sessions.

Asia Petroleum Geoscience Conference & Exhibition 2015

Asia Petroleum Geoscience Conference & Exhibition 2015

On 12th-13th October 2015, Asia Petroleum Geoscience Conference & Exhibition (APGCE) was held in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Malaysia. It is Asia’s premier geoscience event with over three decades of history since its inception. Themed “Energising Asia Through Geoscience Ideas & Solutions”, APGCE 2015 offers spectacular journey through Asia’s possibilities, from the rich details of the outcrop landscapes to the immense knowledge-enriching and network building platforms that will leave participants giddy with excitement.

A special Student Programme has been organised in reaching out to the future generation of petroleum geoscientist. The student activities consist of short seminar, oral and poster presentations from the oil-and-gas industry and related field such as remote sensing. The exciting GeoQuiz had involves students from many public and pivate universities in Malaysia, including 6 post graduate students from INSTeG, UTM which compete with other 21 teams. In this biannual event, a PhD student from INSTeG, Syarifuddin Misbari was selected by the conference committee as one of the receiver of Student Excellence Award 2015, together with other excellent student from other university. He received an award certificate and a set of smartphone from the organizer.


Workshop on “Total Solution For Acquiring Underground Utilities’ As-Built Information For Today & Future Development”

Institute of Geospatial Science & Technology (INSTeG), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has recently organized a 2-day national workshop on underground utilities mapping namely “Workshop on Total Solution for Acquiring Underground Utilities’ As-Built Information for Today & Future Development” on 26th and 27th March 2014 at KSL Hotel & Resort and Faculty of Geoinformation & Real Estate (FGHT) respectively. This 2nd series workshop jointly organized by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM), RDG Supply Sdn. Bhd., Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) and Local Government Department (JKT) was held with a great success as it warmly received about 60 participants from various utility mapping related industry, government agencies, statutory bodies, state authorities and organizations. The dean of UTM Sustainability Research Alliance, Prof. Dr. Rahmalan Aziz, orchestrated the opening of workshop by delivering his inaugural speech on the first day. Prof Dr Rahmalan Aziz made the opportunity to draw his appreciation and congratulations to the organizers and to participants whose initiative would inculcate the national awareness and adequate practice towards sustainable ground utilities framework and mission.

The workshop chairman, Prof. Sr Dr. Mazlan Hashim (on the right) presenting the token of appreciation to Prof. Dr. Rahmalan Ahamad (middle), Dean of UTM Sustainability Research Alliance after officially opening the workshop witnessed by Mr. Mohd Rashid Bin Abd Rahup (on the left), Human Resource Assistant Registrar from FGHT UTM

Basically this workshop anticipated in sharing the knowledge of some practical issues on non-destructive imaging for underground utility mapping from the point of view of the industrial experts as well as the scientific research particularly by the INSTeG.  The objectives of this workshop are; (i) to provide the state-of-the-art knowledge of underground utility mapping; (ii) to provide a hands-on training using adequate approaches and technologies in acquiring as-built information of the buried utilities; and (iii) to promote awareness on the importance of using appropriate skills and safety operation guidelines in acquiring as-built information of the buried utilities. The organizers would like to express great gratitude to all participants and we envisaged that this workshop has drawn positive awareness to stakeholders, data custodian, operational personnel and data users on the importance of appropriate practice and safe operation procedures in underground utilities mapping.

Group photo of remembrance

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A delegation of INSTeG has participated in the 34th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2013) in Bali, Indonesia from 20 – 24 October 2013. The delegation from INSTeG was led by Prof. Mazlan Hashim, Director of INSTeG. The team consisted of three staff members and nine students. The delegates from INSTeG presented their work in various technical sessions at the conference and participated in the cultural night performance. We are very proud to say that the student delegates from INSTeG have won the SILVER award at the cultural night performance for performing the ZAPIN Dance representing Malaysia in competition to student delegates from others country such as China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, etc. Moreover, a master student from INSTeG, Foo Yen Sin has won Best Poster Award at a technical session of the ACRS 2013.

This conference is one of the top conferences in the field of geospatial technologies which is attended by researchers, scientists, decision makers, and practitioners from developed and developing countries to share views on the challenges and opportunities of remote sensing and applications in solving the world’s problems.  This year, ACRS 2013 received more than 1000 participations. 811 papers have been presented in the oral and poster sessions. The INSTeG team is attending this annual conference since 2010. This is the second time that INSTeG students have won awards at this conference. The first one was received by Dr. Jaw Siow Wei, Phd Student at the time. She received the so called JSPRS Award in the year 2011 during the 32nd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing in Taipei, Taiwan for her work.

Group Photo: (from left) Tam, ‘Asim’ Abdullah, Dr. Mohd Nadzri, Dr. Jaw, Prof. John, Dr. Ab. Latif, Prof. Mazlan, Foo, Nur ‘Atiqah ‘Aainaa, Nor Zafirah, Ahmad Mubin and Mohammad Rahimi.


SILVER award victory in the Cultural Performance Competition


Ms. Foo Yen Sin (Third from right); MSc student from INSTeG won the Best Poster Awards for her outstanding poster presentation in ACRS 2013.

International Symposium on Digital Earth (ISDE) 2013

The 8th International Symposium on Digital Earth 2013 (ISDE2013) jointly organized by the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) was held with great success at the Borneo Convention Center Kuching (BCKK), Kuching, Sarawak on 24 to 29 August 2013. The symposium warmly received about 500 delegates consisting of 231 authors from 35 countries, participants from 160 world-wide organizations, 18 keynote speakers from 13 countries, 40 exhibitors from the international digital earth related industry, local media partners and handy volunteers.

We are here! Picture of all delegates in 8th International Symposium on Digital Earth 2013.

The inaugural ceremony was officially conducted by the Padawan Municipal Council Chairman, Mr. Lo Khere Chiang in a symbolic traditional “gong” display and witnessed by Prof. Dr. Mazlan Hashim, the General Chairman of ISDE2013, Prof. John Richards, the President of ISDE, Prof. Dr. Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer, Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, UNIMAS, and Assc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Halim Abdul Raof from UTMSPACE, UTM on 24 August 2013.

It is on! Padawan Municipal Council chairman Lo Khere Chiang officiating the ISDE2013 at BCKK Great Hall.

BCCK hosted 231 speakers for oral and poster presentations covering diverse topics under the theme of ‘Transforming Knowledge into Sustainable Practice’ such as earth observation technologies, digital earth vision and innovation, ICT technologies, empowering the community and engaging society, rural informatics forum, hazard and pollution, digital city and green cities, digital heritage, health and biodiversity, marine and coastal environment, adapting to global and climate changes, sustainability issues in forestry and managing water environment for sustainable development. 18 keynote speakers from 13 countries presented the state-of-the-art digital earth topics like building a global earth observation system, next generation digital earth: Earth observation today, national earth observation program for digital earth, big data and digital earth, transparency and accountability on digital earth, and from digital earth to data cities in this 4-day symposium.

Welcome to Halifax! Guo Huadong hands over the ISDE flag to the new conference chair and Saint Mary's University professor Hugh Millward as a symbol to announce Halifax, Canada as a host for the 9th ISDE in 2015 with John Richards, President of ISDE on the left.

In the evening of the second day of the symposium, the symposium dinner to welcome all participants was held at Great Hall A+B, BCKK hosted by Prof. Dr. Mazlan Hashim. All delegates were served with a delicious dinner and wonderful entertainment by a traditional Sarawak dance performance. In conjunction with this symposium, a workshop for scientific publication was conducted by Taylor and Francis. Delegates who were interested in getting insights in publishing in impact journals were attracted by this workshop. The closing ceremony was held in Great Hall A+B with announcements of the next ISDE Summit in 2014 to be held in Nagoya, Japan hosted by Prof. Fukui, of the winners of the international student paper contest and of the host for next 9th International Symposium of Digital Earth in 2015 to be held in Halifax, Canada.

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