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Friday 13 September 2019

Friday 13 September 2019

The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society and the Satellite Applications Catapult Geospatial Intelligence team are delighted to announce that this years RSPSoc Annual Conference will be held on Friday 13 September at the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell, Oxfordshire.

The event is being organised by Peter Beaumont (Convenor), Dr. Cristian Rossi, Daniel Wicks and Mark Jarman.

Click here to view the current agenda (PDF)


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Friday 13 September 2019
Conference Focus:
Conference Focus:

Conference Focus:

Event Background:

There has never been a more exciting and productive time to be working in the geospatial sector.  The ever-growing availability and access to EO data, combined with the increasing integration of geospatial analysis with artificial intelligence and machine learning is having a global impact due to the power that satellites can bring to bear on the challenges of the modern world.

The technological and scientific advances that our community are making gives us the ability to accelerate the impact that geospatial intelligence can provide to society.

Through a series of keynote speakers and a broad technical programme, this conference will provide a forum to showcase the technological and scientific advances that are being made to deliver solutions to real world challenges.


Conference dinner:

There will be an informal conference dinner held on the evening of Thursday 12 September.

When registering there will be an option to select a ticket for the conference dinner. Please ensure that you select the dinner ticket and the conference ticket if you plan on attending both.

Delegates will be expected to pay for their food and drink.


More information:

If you have any questions about this event, the technical programme, or the dinner please contact RSPSoc

Technical Programme

Technical Programme

RSPSoc and the Catapult invite delegates to submit abstracts to the following topics for presentation at this year's conference. These will be reviewed by the technical organising committee. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and be sent to the RSPSoc Office ( by no later than 23 August 2019.

Technical Programme

Session 1A/2A - Applications of Earth Observation

Remote sensing is increasingly supporting a broad spectrum of applications that cover all aspects of our daily life. This session is dedicated to methods and results of the application of the full range of EO technologies and tools.

Click here to see the list of technologies and tools that will be covered

Session 1B - Access to Earth Observation data and tools

With the ever-increasing volumes of EO data from both existing and new sensors, the availability of effective search and discovery facilities together with access to cloud computing resources and tools are critical to ensuring that the benefits of EO are widely recognised.

Click here to see the topics this session will focus on (PDF)

Session 1C - Data quality and interoperability

Data quality has many facets and as such is difficult to precisely define, particularly given different community interpretations. This causes a lack of harmonisation which is increasingly significant in the current trend of growing numbers of divergent sensing platforms. Alongside this sits a progressively larger group of non-traditional users who are shifting consensus on the definition of ‘fit for purpose’ data.

Click here to see the key topics explored in this session (PDF)

Session 2B – Artificial Intelligence and Earth Observation

The Big Data age is nowadays including Earth observation and the definition of new methods to manage and derive meaningful information from large amount of data has become crucial. Here, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionising the EO data science with an increasing number of studies and discoveries.

Click here to see what this session will include (PDF)

Session 2C - Future Earth Observation missions, instruments & technologies

Earth observation is in its golden age, with new satellite missions recently launched and many in the pipeline for all remote sensing technologies. The space private sector is now considering in its business the launch of constellations of small satellites, with many success stories already achieved. The public sector is continuing innovative and consolidated space programs.

Click here to see what this session will include (PDF)

Getting here:

Satellite Applications Catapult

We are based on the Harwell Campus in the Electron Building. There is parking available on-site and nearby.

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If you are planning on attending the event and require overnight accomodation there are a variety of hotels nearby.

Click here to see nearby hotels

Public Transport

The campus is easily accessible from nearby cities such as Oxford, and from Didcot Parkway Train Station.

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