LITSAM at Innovation Forum 2018


On November 30, 2018, a practical seminar «Copernicus Satellite Data: New Opportunities for Innovation» was held in the framework of XI St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum.

The seminar was organized by Russian-European Innovation Partnership, Committee on IT and Communications of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of RAS 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. Then the executive director of Russian-European Innovation Partnership Maria Kuzko presented the main goals and objectives of BalticSatApps project.

The staff of LITSAM took an active part in the seminar. Viacheslav Zelentsov moderated the meeting and pointed out the current need of tools for easier access to earth remote sensing data and related products, as well as for the development of thematic services in different subject areas and their commercialization.

Maria Ponomarenko reported about the Copernicus satellite data and thematic services, their application and features of Copernicus data access for Russian users.

Ilya Pimanov presented the interface for communication between the Copernicus program and end users. This interface allows the user to formulate requests for solving applications using satellite data provided by the Copernicus program and Roskosmos geoportal.

The seminar ended with an active discussion: the participants asked the speakers about the access to space images, their application in different areas of interest and the possibilities of the developed interface.

BalticSatApps in Estonia


On November 14-15, 2018, the work meeting on BalticSatApps project was held in Tartu (Estonia).

From the Russian side, the event was attended by representatives of St. Petersburg information and analytical center headed by first Deputy Director Yury Zakharov, Executive Director of Russian-European Innovation Partnership Kuzko Maria and Ponomarenko Maria.

During the two-day meeting, the project participants discussed topical issues of applying Copernicus satellite data and thematic services.

Maria Ponomarenko presented the concept of interface for communication between the Copernicus program and end users that is being developed by Russian partners in the framework of the project and spoke about the possibilities of joint use of data from Sentinels and Russian satellites.


PROSTOR system was presented at the conference of EMERCOM


On October 30-31, 2018, the Emergencies Ministry of Russia held the 17th All-Russian scientific practical conference «The Problems of Forecasting Emergencies». The event was organized by All-Russian center for monitoring and forecasting of emergencies of Emergency Control Ministry of Russia (Center «Antistikhiya»).

Within 2 days, the conference participants discussed the current state of scientific and practical developments on the problems of monitoring and forecasting of natural and man-made emergency situations.

The LITSAM researchers Zelentsov Viacheslav and Potriasaev Semyon presented the report «Scalable regional system of river floods operational monitoring and forecasting: results of development and testing» and the developed system PROSTOR at the exhibition held during the conference.

The report on the system and its demonstration aroused great interest among the participants and contributed to the development of creative links with practitioners interested in the use of such systems in their daily activities.

Workshop «Satellite data application for the monitoring of territories»


On October 24, 2018, in the framework of XVII Annual strategic planning leaders forum of the regions and cities of Russia, a workshop «Satellite data application for the monitoring of territories» was held in St. Petersburg.

The workshop was organized by BalticSatApps project partners: Committee on IT and Communications, Russian-European Innovation Partnership, St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of RAS and Finnish Meteorological Institute. The event took place at St. Petersburg Democenter.

At the seminar the staff of LITSAM Viacheslav Zelentsov and Ilya Pimanov presented a report on the following topic: «Copernicus data: key features of access and processing for Russian users».

The report reviewed Copernicus data available for the territory of Russia – satellite images and thematic products created on their basis.

Particular attention was paid to the experience of using satellite data (including Sentinel images) to monitor the emergencies, land cover, agriculture and other objects within the LITSAM projects.

The practical part of the seminar included the downloading of Sentinel-2 data for the territory of the Leningrad region and demonstration of the possibilities for their processing by the means of open-source software.

InMotion in Novosibirsk


On October 08-10, 2018, the work meeting on ERASMUS+ InMotion project was held at Novosibirsk State Technical University.

The representatives of all project partners took part in the event. The participants discussed the main results of the 4th working period and prepared the work plan for the next period.

During the discussion the head of LITSAM Boris Sokolov presented the structure and examples of electronic portfolio of SPIIRAS PhD students.

EMSS2018 in Budapest


On September 17-19, 2018, the 30th European Modeling & Simulation Symposium (EMSS2018) took place in Budapest (Hungary).

The symposium is traditionally one of the most important Modeling and Simulation event in Europe.

The topics of the symposium include applications and theoretical approaches of modeling and simulation in various research areas such as Industrial Engineering, Medicine, Business, Economy etc.

On section «Modeling & Simulation for Energy and Sustainable Development» Victor Mochalov presented the following report:

Hyperspectral data processing and adaptive modelling for the Natural Objects properties detection (Authors: Olga V. Grigoreva, Viktor F. Mochalov, Vjasheslav A. Zelentsov).



On July 22-27, 2018 the world’s largest forum on the topic of remote sensing International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2018) took place in Valencia (Spain).

The forum is annually organized by IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.

On section «Advances in Model-data Integration and Assimilation» LITSAM junior researcher Pimanov Ilya presented the following report:

Software suite for creating downstream applications and thematic services on the base of remote sensing data processing and integrated modelling (Authors: Zelentsov V.A., Potriasaev S.A., Pimanov I.Yu., Mochalov V.F.).

During the conference, a meeting was held with colleagues from the National Research Council of Italy and the questions of further cooperation were discussed.

InMotion project meeting at SPIIRAS


On June 23 – July 9, 2018, in the framework of ERASMUS+ project «InMotion – Innovative teaching and learning strategies in open modelling and simulation environment for student-centered engineering education» the 1st  International Open Summer School 2018 was held in St. Petersburg.

This event was organized by St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

On July 6, 2018, the project participants and more than 40 students from partner universities visited SPIIRAS, where LITSAM representatives made several reports on the topic of laboratory’s current scientific activities.

The head of LITSAM Professor Sokolov B.V. spoke about modern technologies of complex objects and systems modeling . Chief researcher, Professor Zelentsov V.A. reported about technologies of designing and using thematic services based on modern and perspective platforms. As an example of practical implementation of such technologies Professor Zelentsov V.A. and junior researcher Pimanov I.Yu. showed the work of operational river flood monitoring and forecasting system «Prostor» created under the Russian Science Foundation grant. Ponomarenko M.R. made a report about the possibilities and the experience of using remote sensing data for verification of monitoring and forecasting results.

During the seminar project partners discussed the current stage of the project and the prospects for further cooperation.

Another stage of the project is completed


On June 15, 2018, the meeting of the commission from Committee on Communications and IT of the Leningrad region was held at Regional navigation information center in order to evaluate the results of the 3rd working period of the project “Development of the Leningrad Region Spatial Data Fund”.

LITSAM senior researcher, Candidate of Technical Sciences Semyon Potriasaev and junior researcher Ilya Pimanov took part in the meeting and successfully demonstrated the obtained results.

LITSAM presented the developed web application for georeferencing the objects of the terrain and the improved module for calculating and building connection between spatial objects in spatial data fund (SDF).

As a result of the meeting the commission decided to continue the work on developing Leningrad Region Spatial Data Fund.