AfricaGEO the geospatial highlight of 2014

June 10th, 2014, Published in Articles: PositionIT

 

The AfricaGEO 2014 conference looks set to be the geospatial highlight of the 2014 calendar. Over six hundred delegates have registered for the event and the exhibition area is sold out. The conference programme features 102 papers covering cadastres and land tenure; technology, engineering, precise surveying and scanning;  GIS, SDI, and data management; remote sensing and photogrammetry;  geodesy; and education and professional matters.

Organised by South African geomatics associations, this second AfricaGEO builds on the tradition of the Conference of Southern African Surveyors (CONSAS), and is supported by Plato, SAGI, GISSA, the Hydrographic Society of South Africa, the Institute of Mining Surveyors of South Africa, the Association of Aircraft Survey Companies and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. The conference is sponsored by Trimble/Optron (Platinum), GeoDataDesign (Gold) and GeoSpace (Silver).

AfricaGEO 2014 is focusing on the theme “Developing geomatics in Africa” with an emphasis on the development of geomatics as an industry / technology in the African context.  An impressive line-up of keynote speakers has been put together for the conference which includes the following:

The keynote speakers outlined below:

Dr. Solomon Haile

Dr. Solomon Haile

Dr. Solomon Haile from Kenya is the human settlement officer for UN-Habitat, at the Global Land Tool Network II Urban Legislation, Land and Governance branch of UN-Habitat. He holds an MSc and PhD in geoinformatics, satellite remote sensing, and land management. He did his PhD on the topic of land rights demarcation in Ethiopia. Among other things he has led the prototype development of the pro-poor land information management software, Social Tenure Doman Model, and has recently been involved in establishing the urban legislation practice as an organisational unit.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Chen Jun

Dr. Chen Jun

Dr. Chen Jun is the president of the International Society for Photogrammery and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) for the National Geomatics Centre of China. Prior to that he was the president of the China Association of GIS (1999 to 2011). He has developed several new algorithms and models in the area of multi-dimensional spatial data modelling, dynamic updating of geospatial databases, and land cover information service. For his research in the field of dynamic and multi-dimension spatial data modelling he received a National Science Prize.

 

 

 

 

Prof. Georg Gartner

Prof. Georg Gartner

Prof. Georg Gartner from Germany is the president of the International Cartographic Association, and a professor for cartography at the Vienna University of Technology, where he is also the Dean for Academic Affairs for Geodesy and Geoinformation. He holds a PhD in Geography and Cartography and is the editor of the book series “Lecture notes on Geoinformation and Cartography”.

 

 

 

 

Prof. Chris Rizos

Prof. Chris Rizos

Prof. Chris Rizos from Australia is the president of the International Association of Geodesy and a professor of geodesy and navigation at the University of New South Wales. Rizos has been researching the technology and application of GPS since 1985, and has authored over 600 journal and conference papers. He is  a Fellow of the IAG (Australian Institute of Navigation), and a member of several Australian national committees.

 

 

 

 

Jeff McKenna

Jeff McKenna

Jeff McKenna from Canada is the 2012 president of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), and an avid promoter of open source geospatial software. He is an active member of the MapServer project (both as a member of the project steering committee as well as the documentation leader), and also one of the founders of the annual international Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial event.

 

 

 

 

Delegates attending the conference will be able to claim three CPD points for attending the conference.

Contact Aslam Parker, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, Tel 021 658-4302, aparker@ruraldevelopment.gov.za

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