How to Book a Speaker

Requests for a lecture by one of the Distinguished Speakers is initiated by the local chapter with approval by the GRSS. The chapter contacts the speaker and after agreement is reached on the details of the visit, the chapter submits an application form to the Distinguished Speakers program chairperson.
Support for a speaker is limited to $1500 per domestic trip and $3000 for a trip between continents. No honorarium is to be paid to the speakers who are members of this program (but chapters can provide meals, local transportation, etc. as appropriate).

The following are the steps to book a speaker.

  1. Chapter contacts the speaker and arranges details of the visit;
  2. The Chapter submits a proposal to the chair of the Distinguished Speaker program. This should include (see application form):
    • Speaker’s name with title and abstract for talk;
    • Description of event (e.g. chapter meeting);
    • Travel plan (details of travel to be funded)
    • Budget (airfare, rental car, hotel, meal allowance, etc)*
  3. Chapter and Speaker are informed by the GRSS of approval;
  4. Event takes place;
  5. Reimbursement to Speaker
    • Speaker submits IEEE expense voucher for reimbursement;
    • Voucher must conform to approved budget;
    • IEEE/GRSS reimburses speaker.

Available Speakers

  • ACFrery

    Alejandro Frery

    • Topic: Statistics and Information Theory in Remote Sensing with SAR.
    • Institution: Instituto de Computação, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceió
    • Country: Brazil
    • Email:
    Abstract & Bio
  • chris_ruf_pic_2015

    Christopher J. Ruf

    • Topic: NASA Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) Earth Venture Mission
    • Institution: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Country: USA
    • Email:
    Abstract & Bio
  • david_long_pic

    David Long

    • Topic: Satellite Scatterometry: Winds, Vegetation, and Ice
    • Institution: Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
    • Country: USA
    • Email:
    Abstract & Bio
  • Camps-Valls_photo

    Gustau Camps-Valls

    • Topic: Machine Learning for Remote Sensing Data Analysis
    • Institution: Universitat de València
    • Country: Spain
    • Email:
    Abstract & Bio
  • jose_dias3

    José Bioucas Dias

    • Topic: (1) Multiband Image Restoration in Remote Sensing; (2) Unmixing of Remotely Sensed Hyperspectral Images
    • Institution: Instituto de Telecomunicações, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa
    • Country: Portugal
    • Email:
    Abstract & Bio
  • jun_li

    Jun Li

    • Topic: Recent Advances in Spectral–Spatial Hyperspectral Image Classification
    • Institution: Sun Yat-Sen University
    • Country: China
    • Email:
    Abstract & Bio
  • Lori Mann Bruce

    Lori Mann Bruce

    • Topic: Hyperspectral Image Analysis with Applications of UAVs for Precision Agriculture
    • Institution: Tennessee Technological University
    • Country: USA
    • Email:
    Abstract & Bio
  • mahta_moghaddam_pic

    Mahta Moghaddam

    • Topic: Microwave Sensing Through the Subsurface for Addressing the Water Puzzle
    • Institution: University of Southern California
    • Country: USA
    • Email:
    Abstract & Bio
  • mihai_datcu

    Mihai Datcu

    • Topic: (1) Earth Observation Data Intelligence and Knowledge Discovery & (2) Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation
    • Institution: German Aerospace Center DLR
    • Country: Germany
    • Email:
    Abstract & Bio
  • peter_baumann

    Peter Baumann

    • Topic: (1) Datacubes as a Novel Paradigm for Massive Earth Data Analysis: Concepts and Implementation; (2) Big Data Standards in OGC, ISO, and INSPIRE: Overview, Concepts, and Use
    • Institution: Jacobs University
    • Country: Germany
    • Email:
    Abstract & Bio
  • toshio_iguchi

    Toshio Iguchi

    • Topic: Radar​ ​Measurement​ ​of​ ​Precipitation​ ​from​ ​Space
    • Institution: National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
    • Country: Japan
    • Email:
    Abstract & Bio
  • william_blackwell

    William Blackwell

    • Topic: Overview of the NASA TROPICS CubeSat Constellation Mission
    • Institution: MIT Lincoln Laboratory
    • Country: USA
    • Email: WJB@LL.MIT.EDU
    Abstract & Bio