THANK YOU! MERCI!
10th International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics
43rd Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing
On behalf of the members of the Organizing Committee from both the International Society of Agromatics (ISAM) and the Canadian Remote Sensing Society (CRSS), we thank you for joining us at the joint 10th International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics and 43rd Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, which was held at the Québec City Convention Centre from July 11th to 14th, 2022. In particular, we would also like to thank all of the partners and exhibitors who supported ICAG-CSRS 2022.
Since it was a hybrid event, delegates were able to participate virtually or attend in person. A total of 326 delegates from 23 countries attended, including 213 at the Quebec Convention Centre and 113 virtually.Two thirds of this total were from Canada.
As this was a hybrid conference, in-person oral presentations were streamed online. All delegates were able to access the pre-recorded videos of the oral presentations by virtual participants and of the short presentations by the presenting authors of the Interactive Posters. All delegates were able to participate in the online Q&A sessions for the virtual oral presentations.All recorded presentations will be available online to registered delegates until October 2022.
We thank the President of the Canadian Space Agency, Lisa Campbell who welcomed the attendees at our conference with a pre-recorded message at the opening ceremony.
The theme of this joint conference was “Remote Sensing and Geomatics for Sustainable Agriculture and Environment.” Four keynote speakers from Switzerland, the USA and Canada, underlined this theme, including Ian Jarvis, Director of the GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM), Zhengwei Yang, a researcher at USDA NASS and Jiali Shang and Heather McNairn from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
As one highlight, this conference provided an opportunity to stimulate open and inclusive dialogue about geomatics and remote sensing tools for agriculture and environmental applications. There were 110 presentations related to this particular topic, including 28 oral presentations, 16 interactive posters and 66 pre-recorded videos.
The new Strategic Plan of the Federal Government for Satellite Earth Observation in Canada was presented by Eric Laliberté, Director General of Space Utilization, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in a plenary session chaired by Mathieu Benoit, Natural Resources Canada and Janin Huard, CSA. Program managers from the CSA presented the Earth Observation Activities at CSA in two invited sessions, with topics ranging from RADARSAT-1 to the RADARSAT Constellation Mission to grant programs and the EO Continuity initiative. These sessions made possible a dialogue between various CSA stakeholders, including researchers, university students and professors, and representatives from the federal and provincial governments as well as members of the private sector in Canadian remote sensing and space.
This international conference provided updates on research in the era of artificial intelligence, big data analytics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Lidar, Earth Observation satellites, and open-source and cloud computing as well as applications in areas such as forestry, fire monitoring, land cover and land use, snow and ice, hazards and urban studies. In particular, there were two invited sessions on the monitoring of the Forest Ecosystem.
The Students and Young Professionals Committee organized a 3-minute Thesis Competition on Wednesday, July 13th, which was well attended. Eight students participated and the winners received an award from IEEE Women in Engineering and the IEEE GRSS. A plenary session and joint lunch were particularly aimed at providing opportunities for students and young professionals to learn from and meet with members of the remote sensing industry. We are pleased to know that the plenary session was particularly appreciated by the young scientists.
Four workshops led by remote sensing specialists were held on July 11th at INRS and attended mostly by graduate students. Students also acted as volunteers and we thank them for assisting the session chairs in both the Oral Presentation sessions and the virtual Q&A sessions.
The Canadian Remote Sensing Society (CRSS) presented its Annual Awards on Wednesday, July 13th. The International Society of Agromatics (ISAM) and CRSS recognized the best student oral, poster and virtual presentations during the closing plenary of the conference.
The attendees at the Québec City Convention Centre enjoyed the historic district of Old Québec, nice weather, good food and a lively city. Those interested in music concerts in city parks and public places were able to attend the Quebec Summer (Music) Festival, with events held every evening during the conference.
Thank you again for your participation in the 10th International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics and 43rd Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing. It was a great pleasure to welcome and meet more than 200 of you in the beautiful city of Québec!
Monique Bernier, Co-Chair
INRS, Quebec, Canada
Liping Di, Co-Chair
George Mason University, USA
Saeid Homayouni, Co-Chair
INRS, Quebec, Canada