Congratulation to the Seagrass Group – Silver Medal for Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) 2014

A very big congratulations to Prof. Dr. Mazlan Hashim and his group who won a silver medal in the Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) 2014 that was held in Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur from 19 – 22 February 2014. INSTeG had been presented by:

Innovative Estimation System Of Seagrass Biomass Using Remotely Sensed Data
Prof Dr Mazlan Hashim (Leader)
Mr. Samsudin Bin Ahmad
Mr. Syarifuddin Misbari
Mrs. Nurul Nadiah Binti Yahya

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has won six gold, nine silver & ten bronze for this competition. Once again, congratulations to all the winners!

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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.

Congratulations to Christine Pohl, Promoted to Professor

We are very pleased to announce that Christine Pohl’s promotion to Professor with three (3) years contract in the Institute of Geospatial Science and Technology (INSTeG) has been approved by Professor Ir. Dr. Mohd Azraai Bin Kassim, Acting Vice-Chancellor, following a unanimous recommendation for promotion by the Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Universiti.

Promotion to Professor with tenure is a distinct honor reserved for COE of INSTeG members who have demonstrated consistently outstanding achievements in full research, and/or extension during their appointment as professors.  Professor Pohl is internationally recognized for her creative and productive research program.  She is also highly regarded by member in the INSTeG as an effective and dedicated researcher.  We are very fortunate to have her as a member of our institute.

Training Course on Tropical Forest Ecosystem

A training course on Tropical Forest Ecosystem was conducted by INSTeG on 29 – 30 Jun 2013. This training course was attended by twenty two participants that comprised of Research Assistants and Research Officers from Tropical Peat Research Laboratory, Kuching Sarawak. The main objective of this course is to introduce participants with basic concepts of ecosystem with particular reference to the tropical forest ecosystem. The definition of various terms related to ecosystem was introduced to enhance participants understanding related to ecosystems. Apart from the basic concepts, participants also learned important aspects of ecosystem such as the structure, process and functions. This course also introduces basics concept of geochemistry with the main focus on geochemical cycles. Life composed of many chemical elements, which exist in the right amount, the right concentrations, and the right ratios to one another. If these conditions are not met, then the life is limited. The study of chemical availability and biogeochemical cycles is important to the solution of many environmental problems. As ecosystem is a dynamic system and changes to the system are normally have an important impact on Earth environment, an ecosystem, therefore, need to be properly managed. Thus, this is not complete if topic on ecosystem management is not included. One of the important tools in management of an ecosystem is the use of new technologies such as remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS). Basic concept and application of these new emergence technologies are also included in this training course. This two days course was conducted by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ab. Latif Ibrahim and was assisted by Mr. Tam Tze Huey. Contents of the lectures include; Ecosystem: Basic Concept, Ecosystem Structure & Function, Inputs and Outputs of Nutrients to Ecosystems, Ecosystem Change and Succession, Ecosystem Management, and Application of Remote Sensing to Ecosystem Study.


Group photo between participates and instructor, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ab Latif Ibrahim in front of Tropical Peat Research Laboratory


Briefing about ecosystem concept during training session


Trainning session; briefing more detail by instructor, Assoc Prof. Dr. Ab Latif Ibrahim to participates about topic

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