Keynote Speakers (alphabetical order)

Feng GAO
United States Department of Agriculture, USA

Dr. Feng Gao is a Research Physical Scientist at the USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville, MD and a member of the Landsat Science Team. Dr. Gao’s research includes crop condition monitoring through fusing high temporal and high spatial remote sensing data, land cover and land use change detection using dense time-series data integrated from multiple sensors, surface reflectance anisotropy (bi-directional reflectance distribution function) modeling and correction, and surface biophysical parameters retrieval from remote sensing data.

Dr. Gao is internationally acclaimed for his development of multiple high-impact remote sensing algorithms and tools that have advanced research related to the scaling of hydrologic states and fluxes, and land-atmosphere processes, as well as operational monitoring and decision tools for agriculture. For his expertise and contributions, he has been selected to serve on two key NASA/USGS satellite science teams (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer-MODIS and Landsat) for five collective terms. Dr. Gao is internationally recognized as a leading expert on remote sensing data fusion, which facilitates daily mapping of land-surface conditions at fine spatial scales and is capable of monitoring individual agricultural fields by fusing information from multiple satellites. His novel techniques for integrating satellite remote sensing date from NASA, USGS, NOAA and the European Space Agency into useful and robust date products have been adopted by state-of-the-art land surface models and have had immediate and significant impact on improving agricultural modeling and monitoring.


Jianya GONG
Wuhan University, China

Professor Gong Jianya is a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is now the director of Wuhan University’s State Key Lab of Information Sciences in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing.He was born in Zhangshu, Jiangxi Province in April, 1957. He graduated from the Department of Surveying of East China Geosciences Institute in 1982 and received his doctor degree from Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping in 1992. He was selected as the member of CAS in 2011. He was awarded China National Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists, and got the titles of “Changjiang Scholar” Professor of Ministry of Education, 973 project chief scientist, academic leader of Innovative Research Groups of China’s National Natural Science Foundation, etc.

Professor Gong Jianya has made a number of original innovations in geoinformation theory and geometric remote sensing studies. For example, he invented object-oriented data model and interoperability model and geometric imaging model and precise processing method. Based on his own theory and models, he developed independently GIS basic software and network service platform and remote sensing ground processing system. He has undertaken over 30 national and provincial scientific projects.

Professor Gong has published 12 works and textbooks, over 430 theses. He won 3 National Science and Technology second prizes, 5 first prizes at provincial and ministerial prizes, 1 ISPRSDolezal Achievement Award.


Huadong GUO
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Professor Guo Huadong is a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is the Director General and Professor at the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS), He has been engaged in remote sensing research since 1977, devoting to research on radar remote sensing, development of new earth observing systems, and remote sensing applications. He was project leader of more than 10 key programs related to earth observation. For the past over 10 years and at present, he was and is one of the principal investigators for SIR-C/X-SAR, JERS-1 SAR, ERS-1/2 SAR, Radarsat-1/2, Envisat, SRTM, and ALOS programs. He is a member of International SAR Working Group, Chairman of the Associate on Environment Remote Sensing of China, Secretary General of International Society for Digital Earth, Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Digital Earth, member of Codata executive committee, and guest professor of 7 Universities in China. He was the Principal Scientist of Expert Group for Information Acquisition and Processing Technology, National High-tech Research and Development Program in China from 1996 to 2000. He has published more than 200 papers and 15 books. He is the recipient of 3 national awards on science and technology, and 9 awards by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


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