Conference in Nizhny Novgorod


On September 08-14, 2019, All-Russian scientific conference with international participation «Scientific issues of Russian rivers recovery and their solutions» took place in Nizhny Novgorod.

The conference was organized by Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences «Land water resources», Water Problems Institute of the RAS, Institute of Applied Physics of the RAS with the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Russian Academy of Sciences, Federal Agency for Water Resources and Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Nizhny Novgorod Region.

The event was held at Institute of Applied Physics of the RAS.

One of the key topics of the conference was the development of methods for risk assessment and forecasting of natural and man-made disasters on Russian rivers.

At the section «Hydrological and hydrophysical processes, extreme hydrological phenomena» LITSAM junior researcher Ilya Pimanov presented a report on the topic:

Experience in development and testing of information technologies for the automation of river floods integrated modeling (Authors: Viacheslav Zelentsov, Semyon Potriasaev, Ilya Pimanov, Maria Ponomarenko).

Conference Gi4DM-2019 in Prague


On September 03-06, 2019, international scientific conference «Geo-Information for Disaster Management 2019» (Gi4DM-2019) was held in Prague (Czech Republic).

The conference was organized by International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and took place at National Library of Technology.

The main topic of the conference was application of geoinformation technologies and remote sensing data for natural and man-made disaster monitoring and management including flood analysis,  forest fire control, landslide, earthquake and geo-hazards monitoring and data processing.

At the section «Remote Sensing and GIS as Tools of Natural and Man-Made Disaster Management & New Approaches in Disaster Management Like Societal Science» LITSAM junior researcher Ilya Pimanov presented a report on the topic:

V. A. Zelentsov, S. A. Potryasaev, I. Y. Pimanov, and M. R. Ponomarenko. Integrated use of GIS, remote sensing data and a set of models for operational flood forecasting // Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-3/W8, 477–483., 2019.

InnoForestView project meeting in Finland


On August 27-28, 2019, InnoForestView project meeting was held in Punkaharju (Finland).

The meeting was attended by all project partners – representatives of  St. Petersburg Information and Analytical Centre, St. Petersburg State Forest Technical University, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and SPIIRAS. During the meeting, partners presented the current results of project activities.

LITSAM Chief researcher Viacheslav Zelentsov summarized SPIIRAS progress within the first 5 months of project implementation. Maria Ponomarenko made a detailed report on performed activities according to the 2 main SPIIRAS working packages: «Satellite data thematic processing and interpretation» and «Innovative Information system implementation». Leading Programmer Victor Mochalov pointed out the importance of taking into account the formulated input data requirements for further efficient analysis of data from different sources. Senior Researcher Semyon Potryasaev presented main features of an information system prototype to be developed by SPIIRAS and the experience in intelligent information technologies development and application for solving practical tasks in different thematic areas.

In addition, participants visited Luke’s field trial locations and were introduced to methodologies and drone technology used in the project research.

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”.