The 2020 International GeoInformatics Online Summer School at LIESMARS was held From August 24th
to September 2th, and lasted ten days. with three courses given by five lecturers from five universities. There were 111 participants from 17 countries who completed the course of study with a high attendance rate. During the school, 15 videos were contributed by 23 participants for the online cultural show, and four students from WHU gave their Academic Experience Reports. Overall, 26 volunteers participated.
Prof. Deren Li, ISPRS Honorable Member, and Prof. Fei Li, the vice president of Wuhan University addressed the opening ceremony. At the closing ceremony, three groups won the Excellent Participant Award and five videos won the Cultural Promoter Award.
Introduction of courses
In the summer school, three theme courses were offered, including Machine Learning
given by Prof. Marcello Pelillo from Ca’Foscari University, Social Sensing , Geospatial Big Data Computing, and Disaster Management
given by Prof. Zhenlong Li from University of South Carolina and Night-time Light Remote Sensing
given by Prof. Xi Li from Wuhan University, Prof. Xiaolin Zhu from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Prof. Xi Chen from Quinnipiac University.
provided an introduction to modern machine learning principles and algorithms and to describe their applications to selected problems in computer vision.
Geospatial Big Data Computing, and Disaster Management
provided students with an overview of the concept of geospatial big data and relevant computing technologies for handling such data, discusses the concept of social sensing and social media data analytics as well as its applications with regards to disaster management and introduces some basic and practical steps/programming techniques for geo-tagged Twitter data analysis from data collection to online visualization.
Night-time Light Remote Sensing
showed students how to start night-time light remote sensing for their own projects after finishing this course.
For overcoming jet-leg difficulties while taking online class, three time zone sections were set up specifically for China, Europe, and the United States, corresponding to the regions where the lecturers of three courses were located. For each course, according to the geographical distribution of the students, the schedule was set reasonably to ensure that the majority could participate during non-sleeping times to improve the quality and effect of teaching.
Communicating and Sharing
Three groups of Excellent Participant Award winners from three courses made a live report for all the students at the closing ceremony: The students from the "Machine Learning" class shared their ideas and methods for risk prediction of COIVD-19 using machine learning and remote sensing images, and disclosed the source Code for other students to share and learn; students from the " Geospatial Big Data Computing, and Disaster Management" class used big data to visualize social media and present it on the map; Students of " Night-time Light Remote Sensing " class took Wuhan and Guangzhou as examples to study the impact of COIVD-19 on the temporal and spatial distribution of human activities. They analyzed night-time light data from two cities during the epidemic and drew relevant conclusions.
This year's cultural exchange party could only be broadcast online as a video. Thanks to students’ contributions, we could produce a great cultural show. In the video, not only could we appreciate the food of Pakistan, the natural scenery of Nepal, and the traditional costumes of South Africa, we couls also see the performances of the students at the Wuhan University International Culture Festival, etc.
Additionally, outstanding students and graduates from LIESMARS were invited to share their experiences with summer school students, including the experience of participating in IEEE competitions and winning a championship, the experience of the United Nations internship, the colorful leisure time life at LIESMARS, and the experience of an international student at LIESMARS.
Teachers, volunteers, and students share impressions
Prof. Marcello Pelillo（lecturer）：
This is the second year I taught at the GeoInformatics Summer School and, as last year, I've been impressed by the impeccable organization and the high-profile of the teaching staff. This year I had the fortune to teach to a group of about 40 excellent students coming from different areas of the world and, as last year, I was impressed by the dedication and eagerness to learn. During the course they all worked hard to develop a small project where they could apply the theory and algorithms learned in the class to a concrete problem. Eventually only one project will be awarded the prize, but I was glad to see that all the projects presented were of the highest standards. I do hope that the things that they learned in my class will be useful, and I would like to wish the students all the best for their personal and professional career.
Prof. Zhenlong Li（lecturer）：
As a former graduate of Wuhan University, I was honored to be invited to give lectures at the 10th International GeoInformatics Summer School, hosted by LIESMARS, Wuhan University. I believe we have had a very successful course, thanks to our smart, highly motivated, and hardworking students! I am surprised and pleased by the high-quality final group presentations delivered by the students, especially given such a short time. The fruitful outputs speak highly for the value of the International GeoInformatics Summer School by bringing together worldwide interdisciplinary students and scholars to explore new ideas and build innovative solutions.
Prof. Xi Li（lecturer）：
I really enjoyed the time with all of you during the summer school, and I hope the knowledge you learned can help you as well as your homeland.
TEJENDRA KANDEL (student):
I am an enthusiastic IOE learner from, Tribhuvan university, seeking to develop my professional skills to tackle the competitive challenges in the real world. As I am fortunate enough to participate in The 10th International GeoInformatics Summer School 2020, I have some of my experiences to share,
I am a student from Night-time light remote sensing, I knew little about this topic but I got big opportunity to become familiar with it by the end of this school. I gained practical skills and learned proven methods for improving my performance. This is my first experience coordinating with multiple people from different countries, which was a great networking opportunity for me and I gained a great deal of knowledge from having meaningful conversation with them.
A special thanks to prof. Xi Li for his full time support. He helped me to become expert in my field and develop new ideas on ways to improve my work in related fields. Applauds to prof. Xiaolin Zhu, prof. xi chen for giving inspiration to become professional. Lastly, many thanks to our teaching assistant Jiaqi YANG for fulltime support, leadership growth ,and a cultural show that makes us know more about the diversity of the world.
Among various the programs and trainings I attended during my bachelors in Geomatics Engineering and while working professionally as a teaching assistant in a university, this summer course was different in a sense. Everything was virtual, but despite this, it however, really did transfer scientific knowledge and practical skills. For any geo-enthusiast or geoscientist all the three courses offered by Wuhan University carried equal importance. As I am highly motivated in studying urban change dynamics, human behavioral responses, and citizen data science I opted to choose Social Sensing, Geospatial Big data Computing and Disaster management. I am very thankful to Prof. Zhenlong Li and the Teaching assistants who where directly and indirectly responsible for conducting all the classes and imparting the practical knowledge of Eclipse, GeoJson, Tomcat, Twitter data scraping, web mapping of social media data and much more. The Professor shared his experience in GIScience with a focus on geospatial big data analytics, high performance computing, spatiotemporal analysis/modelling, CyberGIS, and geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI) with applications to disaster management, climate analysis, human mobility, and public health. This allowed me to explore more of the geoscience field in areas such as social media platforms and crowd sourcing, which can be used extensively to solve pressing issues. The group activities and cultural programs were other major events where I got a chance to work in a group sharing my personal ideas. Learning from foreign culture is always entertaining. Overall, the experience of attending Wuhan virtually was really incredible and everything ended up on a positive note.
The ice-breaking activity was very lively. Some students sang hometown songs, and some introduced hometown customs and culture, or shared hobbies. I not only completed my work, made new friends, and experienced the cultures of various countries, but also learned about academic frontiers. After helping students, I always get a very sincere ‘thank you’. This feels very good.
Zequan Chen(volunteer/teaching assistant):
There are many things to be handled everyday. Although there are only three hours in class, the time spent as a teaching assistant is much more than that. The enthusiasm and earnestness of the students made me feel that everything was worth it. There are also many interesting things. For example, they call me in many ways: teachers, professors, and laoshi. An Indian student sent an email to thank me for my help and invited me to India. I was really touched. In the process, I felt that I was already a dedicated teacher. Unfortunately, none of us can really communicate face to face. Students are from different countries and regions. Overcoming a series of difficulties such as jet lag and network instability, they took a one-week online course. The whole process was tiring but worthwhile and happy.
State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS)
Joint International Research Laboratory of GeoInformatics (JIRLG)
UN-GGIM Academic Network
GIS Theory and Methodology Working Group, CAGIS
Committee on International Spatial-temporal Information Services, GNSS & LBS
Association of China
ISPRS TC III
LiDAR Specialty Committee, Chinese National Committee of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE)
International Cartographic Association Commission On Cartography in Early Warning and Crises Management