Young Scientists Conference in Crete


On June 24-28, 2019, 8th International Young Scientists Conference in Computational Science was held at the University of Crete (Heraklion, Greece). One of the organizers of the event was Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO University).

At the conference, LITSAM junior researcher Alexander Semenov presented a report:
Semenov A., Zelentsov V., Pimanov I. Application Suggesting Attractive Walking Routes for Pedestrians Using an Example of Saint-Petersburg City // Procedia Computer Science. Volume 156, 2019, pp 319-326. DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2019.08.208

The research is partially supported by the state research 0073-2019-0004 and KS1309 “InnoForestView”.

LITSAM on IT Dialogue 2019


On June 21, 2019, a practical seminar «How to create a startup using the opportunities of Copernicus Program» was held in the framework of 6th All-Russian Forum «IT Dialogue».

The seminar was organized by Russian-European Innovation Partnership, Committee on IT and Communications of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of RAS and Zero Gravity Oy (Finland) within the BalticSatApps project.

Firstly, the head of the Department of infrastructure technologies and integration systems development (Committee on IT and Communications) Andrey Kashin made a welcoming speech. He noted that the Committee on IT and Communications is interested in the implementation of the BalticSatApps project, the main idea of which corresponds to a number of governmental and private initiatives to increase satellite data application.

Then the executive director of Russian-European Innovation Partnership Maria Kuzko presented the main goals and objectives of project. Remote sensing expert from Russian-European Innovation Partnership Kirill Kozlov reported on the current results of the project.

SPIIRAS representative Maria Ponomarenko presented the opportunities of Copernicus program for startups: remote sensing data and technologies, thematic services and their application, as well as options for using Copernicus data as a source of information for creating startups.

The seminar ended with a discussion on the use of satellite data in solving thematic problems in different areas of interest. The discussion was curated by Maria Ponomarenko, who answered questions from the seminar participants and also presented an interface which is being developed with the support of SPIIRAS for Russian users to interact with remote sensing data, including data from the Copernicus program.

Much interest was aroused by the toolkit developed by Russian partners in the framework of the BalticSatApps project: Evgeniy Panidi (Head of the department of cartography and geoinformatics, Saint Petersburg University) noted that it can be useful for teaching students the principles of remote sensing.

Project successfully completed


On June 17, 2019, LITSAM researchers Semyon Potriasaev and Ilya Pimanov successfully presented the results of developing the Spatial Data Foundation of the Leningrad Region (SDF LO) – advanced modules «Mobile web application for georeferencing terrain objects» and «Subsystem for cataloging and ordering remote sensing data» – to the commission from Committee on Digital Development of the Leningrad region.

Negotiations on further development of the project results with the committees of the Leningrad region are currently underway.

BalticSatApps in Krakow


On April 24-25, 2019, the work meeting on BalticSatApps project was held in Krakow (Poland).

From the Russian side, the event was attended by representatives of St. Petersburg information and analytical center and Russian-European Innovation Partnership.

The event was held at the Krakow Technology Park and the Krakow Technical University.

During the meeting, the Russian project partners reported on the results of the activities for the working period and also presented user-driven Copernicus interface for communication between the Copernicus program and end users and the examples of its practical use in solving specific thematic problems.

InnoForestView Kick-off Meeting


On April 16, 2019, the kick-off meeting of international project «Innovative information technologies for analysis of negative impact on the cross-border region forests (InnoForestView)» took place in St. Petersburg.

The project is aimed at creating and integrating Finnish and Russian unified innovation information system for analysis and forecasting the preconditions and impact of natural and anthropogenic factors on the forest state in cross-border area.

The project partners are the following: St. Petersburg information and analytical center, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of RAS and St. Petersburg Forest technical University.

Firstly, the head of the Department of infrastructure technologies and integration systems development (Committee on IT and Communications) Andrey Kashin made a welcoming speech.

Then the partners reported on the activities of their organizations and their role in project implementation.

LITSAM chief researcher Zelentsov Viacheslav made a report about the general concept and key features of the information system that will be developed within the project, as well as SPIIRAS experience in the development and use of information technologies for monitoring natural-technical systems.

InMotion in Kuala Lumpur


On March 25-27, 2019, the work meeting on ERASMUS+ InMotion project was held at Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL).

At the meeting the participants discussed the main results of the 5th working period and prepared the work plan for the next period.

During the discussion of the teaching and learning materials developed by the projects participants, SPIIRAS made a report on the results of reviewing of syllabi, textbooks and guidelines created by partner universities and recommendations of stakeholders on improving these materials.

Seminar «Digital Geotechnologies»


On March 16, 2019, the 4th seminar of the cycle «Digital Geotechnologies» was held at the Institute of Earth Sciences, St. Petersburg state University. This time it was devoted to machine learning and its’ use in solving problems related to spatial data.

The seminar was supported by Scientific-technical Center for Innovative Space Technologies SPIIRAS.

During the event, LITSAM junior researcher Vladislav Sobolevsky presented a report “Using deep learning to monitor and predict the behaviour of natural objects”.

Conference “Modern issues of hydrometeorology and sustainable development of the Russian Federation”


On March 14-15, 2019, the Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU), with the support of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, held the All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference “Modern issues of hydrometeorology and sustainable development of the Russian Federation”.

The conference was devoted to the problems and prospects of developing science and education in the field of meteorology, hydrology, oceanology, ecology, information technology and technospheric safety.

At section «Information technologies for environmental monitoring» LITSAM junior researcher Ilya Pimanov presented a report on the topic:

System for monitoring and forecasting the hydrological situation on the Northern Dvina river based on the integrated use of a complex of models and ground-space data (Authors: Zelentsov V.A., Potriasaev S.A., Pimanov I.Yu., Ponomarenko M.R.).

Photos are taken from the conference official website.

Conference «Prospects for the development of construction engineering surveys in the Russian Federation»


On December 10-14, 2018, the 14th All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference and Exhibition «Prospects for the development of construction engineering surveys in the Russian Federation» took place in Moscow.

This is the largest event in the field of engineering survey held annually by Geomarketing LLC with the support of Institute of Geotechnics and Engineering Surveying in Construction, Association for Engineering Survey in Construction and the Union of Surveyors.

The general information partners of the conference are the following scientific journals: «Engineering Surveys», «Engineering Geology», «GeoRisk», «Geotechnics».

The participants of the conference are leading Russian and foreign experts, representatives of public authorities, public organizations, heads of major design and survey organizations.

On section «Engineering-hydrometeorological surveys» LITSAM junior researcher Ilya Pimanov presented the following report:

Experience in creating and testing a regional system for monitoring and analysis of the hydrological situation on the example of the Northern Dvina river section (Authors: Zelentsov V.A., Pimanov I.Yu., Potriasaev S.A., Semenov A.E., Alabyan A.M., Krylenko I.N.).

Digital technologies for agriculture


On December 5-6, 2018, the International scientific and technical conference «Digital technologies and robotic technical means for agriculture» was held at the Federal Scientific Agroengineering center VIM (FSC VIM), Moscow.

The conference discussed the most effective ways to implement promising Russian and foreign scientific developments in the field of digitalization, automation and robotization of agriculture, renewable energy, information and nanotechnologies.

One of the regional sections of the conference – «Digital technologies to ensure environmental safety of agricultural production» – was held in St. Petersburg at the Institute for engineering and environmental problems in agricultural production – the branch of FSC VIM.

On this section the representatives of LITSAM Zelentsov Viacheslav and Alexander Semenov made the following reports:

The report of Alexander Semenov on software and tools for multitemporal analysis of spatial data aroused great interest.

During the conference, an agreement on cooperation with the Institute for engineering and environmental problems in agricultural production in solving the problems of ensuring environmental safety of the region was reached.