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