The International Conference on Advanced Remote Sensing (ICARS), organized by State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS), School of Remote Sensing and Information Engineering, Collaborative Innovation Center of Geospatial Technology, Wuhan University and Taibo, sponsored by MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) and Remote Sensing, was held on 16 October 2018 at Wuhan University, China. During the 3-day conference, over 100 experts and scholars from all over the world gathered together at Wuhan University to discuss the development of remote sensing.
The opening ceremony was hosted by Gong Jianya, co-chairman and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Li Jiancheng, vice president of Wuhan University and academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, delivered a speech on behalf of the organizer. He introduced to the participants that Wuhan University has a long history and has made great progress in the field of remote sensing. In his speech, he further mentioned that, according to ESI statistics, Wuhan University's mapping and remote sensing discipline has ranked among the top 1% in the world. ICARS 2018 is an international academic conference initiated by Wuhan University to promote academic exchanges in remote sensing and to draw a better blueprint. More importantly, the success of the conference represents the potentiality of Wuhan University and even China to continue to make sound progress on the international remote sensing stage. Wang Elvis, the publisher of MDPI, then introduced his organization's history, development, and strengths in academic publishing.
In the keynote report session, the chairman of the conference, academician Li Deren, introduced the latest inventions and achievements of China's earth observation system, including commercial remote sensing companies such as SpaceView and Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd. Then, he came up with an important remote sensing plan, namely PNTRC real-time service system integrating positioning, navigation, timing, remote sensing, and communication. This real-time system will play a vital role in those fields where real-time observations are critical, such as emergency disasters. Academician Li Deren disclosed that the "LuoJia-3 Star" will be launched in 2020 which has the ability to transmit satellite images to mobile phones in real time. Finally, he showed the application of remote sensing in the Belt and Road, especially in the field of protection and restoration of cultural relics and scenic spots.
Application is the “main battlefield” of future remote sensing. Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail, co-chair of the conference and the US Geological Survey (USGS) geographer, then delivered a wonderful speech on agriculture and food. Professor Matthew C. Hansen from the University of Maryland proposed a strategy for monitoring global land change through remote sensing data.
In the afternoon Professor Clement Atzberger introduced the latest achievements and highlights of Sentinel 2. Professor Orhan Altan elaborated on the vision and road map for achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, such as no poverty, zero hunger, quality education and so on. He urged that to achieve SDG goals, Earth observation and Geo-spatial information will play a crucial role. Finally, Professor Atul K. Jain unveiled how remote sensing can be combined with biophysical and socio-economic data for monitoring land cover and land use changes in Bangladesh.
Sensors and Data Acquisition, Data Processing and Applications are the three core issues that will be discussed in this year ICARS 2018. More than 130 papers were received, and 25 experts and scholars will give their oral report in the following 2-days meeting.
ICARS 2018 has attracted the attention of commercial companies and their user organizations. In the 17th Press Conference for RS New Products, a number of Chinese commercial remote sensing companies, including Zhuhai Orbita Aerospace Science & Technology Co. Ltd, Beijing PIESAT Information Technology Co. Ltd etc. would demonstrate advanced achievements in the commercialization and industrialization of remote sensing science and technology. Wuhan University would also display the data and applications of the “LuoJia-1” satellite.