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Geomatics Atlantic 2018 Confirmed Presenters

10 Oct 2018 9:56 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)


Dear {Contact_First_Name},

Below is a little information on the upcoming Geomatics Atlantic Conference including speakers, agenda, and more.

Have you registered yet? There's still time!

Confirmed Speakers

Below are a few of the 25+ speakers scheduled to present at this years Geomatics Atlantic. You can check out other speakers and their abstracts on the websites Speaker section (still being updated on the site as abstracts and speaker Bios come in)

Steve IrisManager and Senior Program Officer at Canadian Space Agency

Since he joined the Canadian Space Agency in 2002, Mr. Iris  occupied various responsibilities. From RADARSAT-1 mission planner to manager of international relations responsible for Africa and South America, including support for the Space Affairs Advisor at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. 

In December 2010 he became the Mission Manager for the RADARSAT Constellation, which ensures that the entire satellite system meets mission objectives and user requirements.

The RADARSAT Constellation is the next step in evolution of the RADARSAT Program with the objective of ensuring data continuity, improved operational use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data and improved system in reliability.

The mission consists of three identical C-band SAR satellites flying in a constellation which will provide complete coverage of Canada's land and oceans offering an average daily visit, as well as a potential daily access to 90% of any location on the globe.

The main objective of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission is on meeting Government of Canada User Department's needs and requirements in Core Use Areas such as Maritime Surveillance, Disaster Management, Ecosystem Monitoring and Northern Development.

The constellation is designed primarily as a wide area monitoring system, offering medium resolution data, but it will also offer high resolution imaging capabilities, including a Spotlight Mode, as well as multiple polarization including Compact Polarimetry.

The greatly enhanced temporal revisit combined with accurate orbital control will enable advanced interferometric applications in between satellites on a four-day cycle that will allow the generation of very accurate coherent change maps. RADARSAT Constellation Mission frequent revisit capability, near real-time SAR data availability and vessel identification capabilities (through an AIS payload) will provide the capability to identify and monitor ships up before they enter national waters or ports.

The RADARSAT Constellation Mission is currently under construction with satellite launches planned for 2018. This presentation will describe the overall RADARSAT Constellation Mission system, the space and ground segments, provide an overall project status and discuss activities surrounding Canadian Government user's operational readiness.

Rachel O’NeilLead Geospatial Architect at Bluejack Consulting Inc.

Rachel O’Neil has over 18 years experience working with Geographical Information Systems as a developer, consultant, application and system architect. This experience spans across major provincial, state and federal agencies across the US and Canada.

Rachel’s master’s degree concentrated on machine learning and big data which has continued to grow and evolve into the field of GIS.

This presentation will discuss the unique challenges associated with the nature and size of marine data, how the concept and practical implementation of the analysis of marine data can leverage big data concepts, future trends and directions. Discussion will also include existing implementations from vendor specific software to custom and hybrid applications and platforms.

Jeremy Nicholson, Sales Manager  at CARIS Teledyne (Presenting on behalf of OGC Canada Forum)

This presentation will introduce the Canada Forum which has been established is to better serve Canadian needs for geospatial data and services. The Forum is an informal organisation open to all Canadian Organisations  (including non-OGC members) and international OGC members conducting business or research in Canada. Example organisations include, but are not limited to Federal, Provincial, Territorial and Municipal governments, Indigenous Organisations, Academia, and Industry.  

The Canada Forum will provide a platform for all stakeholders to increase collaboration with a focus on Canada's requirements for sharing geospatial data and information, capacity building, innovation, outreach, industry business development, and others. The forum is also intended to provide a venue for the community to improve the level of Canadian influence in the OGC geospatial standards process and related standards partners (e.g. ISO, IHO, GEO, UN-GGIM, W3C, CGSB).    

The Canadian Forum intends to inform stakeholders on the objectives of the group in the East, West and North of Canada at a series of geomatics events. Another aspect of the Forum is to identify geospatial sectors where Canada excels so that this expertise can be highlighted globally. The Marine geospatial sector is one such sector so the presentation will also focus on the data standards work being conducted that relates to Ocean data.

Renata DividinoSenior Data Manager at Global Spatial Technology Solutions

Dr. Renata Dividino has extensive expertise in knowledge management and artificial intelligence. She received her Ph.D. degree of Compute Sciences in Germany and has worked in diverse international research institutes (e.g. the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence & the Institute for Web Science and Technologies).

She also spent several years in research for knowledge modelling and semantic integration of disparate information sources which has been successfully applied in many domains – from drug discovery in pharmaceutical companies to identifying suspicious activities at sea.

Dr. Dividino recently left the Institute for Big Data Analytics at Dalhousie University where she researched how to better support the current and future information needs of naval decision makers aboard Royal Canadian Navy vessels to join a Halifax-based start-up - Global Spatial Technology Solutions. Dr. Renata Dividino leads the semantic Big Data integration to boost the machine learning model accuracy.

The Interplay between Knowledge Graphs and Machine Learning

Machine learning algorithms aim to make sense out of noisy data to generate data-driven insights. These algorithms, often called smart algorithms, are first given access to real-world examples of a huge data set, and then are set to detect patterns (or 'similar data') in other datasets in order to predict different events. As expected, the algorithms are only as good as the data behind them.

High-quality data can be extracted from knowledge graphs such as from google’s knowledge graph and Wikidata. Knowledge graphs form crucial components of modern web search engines and state-of-the art question answering systems as they provide a semantic structure to the underlying  data, i.e., data becomes a source of information that machines can easily interpret, combine and reuse. In this talk, we will discuss how companies running machine learning applications can use knowledge graphs to fine tune results and increase processing capabilities.

You can check out other speakers and their abstracts on the websites Speaker section (still being updated as abstracts and speaker Bios come in ... )

Venue & Accommodations 

The newly renovated, Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites is pleased to welcome Geomatics Atlantic 2018 delegates to Halifax and are offering a block of Classic Guestrooms at a special group rate of $139.00 per day based on single or double occupancy, plus 2% Levy and 15% HST tax. Includes complimentary Internet and local/toll free calls.

Booking with this code will also help subsidize the Geomatics Atlantic Conference

Reservations at the group rate may be accessed through the following booking methods:

Rooms at this rate are available until Friday October 12, 2018, subject to availability of Classic rooms. After this date, the rooms will be released from the block and back to the hotel for sale.

If you have any questions or require further assistance, please contact our reservations department directly at 1-800-565-2020

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Special thanks to the Following Geomatics Atlantic Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Esri Canada Logo

Gold Sponsor

Bluejack Consulting Inc.

Silver Sponsor

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