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Geomatics Bootcamp

Research with, and for, the geomatics industry

On Tuesday 13, October 2011, KAHO Sint-Lieven (Ghent) organised this bootcamp in collaboration with the company RouteYou.  The goal of the event was to find out from experts, both in industry and academia, what was going on and what was new in the area of geomatics. Moreover, the idea was to put young researchers and people from industry in contact with each other's concepts, projects and to set up collaborations.

The symposium was kicked off by Prof. Dr.Ann Nowe who gave a thorough introduction to the field of Artificial Intelligence and its relation to geomatics. Next PHD students explained their research in the field of geomatics:

  • Joris Maervoet from CODeS talked about building hierarchical networks for personalised routing.
  • Matthias Stevens from the VUB talked about the collaborative monitoring of urban noise pollution.
  • Seyed Hussein from UGent discussed moving objects in the context of dancing.
  • Luc Knapen from UHasselt talked about GIS and mobility.
  • Prof. Guy De Tre from UGent presented suitability maps for geo-decision support.
  • Dr Guido de Croon from the European Space Agency revealed the world of unmanned air vehicles and autonomous obstacle avoidance.

These academic talks were alternated with short presentations from industry: TomTom, Momalds and Geold. Geosparc and Grontmij showed their applications and explained their future data and technical needs.

Between this mix of short (10-15 mins) and not too technical presentations, enough time was left to exchange a massive number of geo-ideas! At the end of the event, the 50 participants all agreed that they had experienced a fruitful geomatics evening.


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