Distinguished Lecturers

Distinguished Lecturers and Industry Speakers Program

The GRSS Distinguished Lecturers and Industry Speakers Program is a service of the GRSS and its members to support our chapter activities. Our goal is to provide chapters with access to leading professionals and practitioners in geoscience and remote sensing. It is an opportunity for chapters and students to hear talks about work being done in our fields of interest and to meet with some of the prominent members of our Society.

Travel reimbursement funds are provided to speakers to enable their visits to chapters. Visits to more than one Chapter in a region are encouraged, and speakers are encouraged to spend overnight visits to provide more opportunities for interactions.

Topics presented by Distinguished Lecturers tend toward more academic and leading-edge fundamental research in geoscience and remote sensing. Topics may also include reviews of particular technologies and applications in the speaker’s area of expertise. Distinguished Lecturers often are IEEE Fellows whose fundamental contributions have been internationally recognized, and they act as a source for mentoring and further guidance to students in their professional development. Distinguished Lecturers may come from academia, industry, or government and often move between these sectors, but typically are more closely associated with academia.

Similarly, Industry Speakers provide students with direct access to top technology industry leaders and innovators from every sector of the geoscience and remote sensing community. Industry Speakers often provide insights on advancing and succeeding within industry cultures from examples in their own careers. They can describe the successes and challenges they encounter advancing innovative, practical or commercial applications. Industry Speakers also often move between academia, industry or government at various points in their careers, but typically are from large and small industries, including start-ups.

Perhaps, the best guide in requesting speakers is to examine the short bio-sketches and topics listed for each speaker.

Requests for Distinguished Lecturers and Industry Speakers are initiated by selecting the icon “HOW TO BOOK A SPEAKER.” At the conclusion of a visit, the chapter completes a DLP Chapter Report by selecting the icon “GRSS DLP CHAPTER REPORT” that assists GRSS in improving the program.

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Available Distinguished Lecturers

B.S. Daya Sagar

Indian Statistical Institute-Bangalore Centre

(1) Mathematical Morphology in Geoscience, Remote Sensing and Geospatial Data Science: An Overview;
(2) Processing and Analysis of Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) via Binary and Grayscale Granulometries, Morphological Interpolations, and Morphological Distances

Carlos López Martínez

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

(1) Basics of SAR Polarimetry;
(2) SAR Polarimetry: Theory and Applications;
(3) SAR, SAR Polarimetry & Multitemporal SAR Statistical Description

Mihai Datcu

German Aerospace Center DLR, Germany

(1) Earth Observation Data Intelligence and Knowledge Discovery & (2) Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation

Qihao Weng

the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

(1) Remote Sensing of Surface Urban Heat Islands: Progress and Prospects; (2) Remote Sensing of Cities: Day and Night

William Blackwell

MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA

Overview of the NASA TROPICS CubeSat Constellation Mission



(1) Radar Remote Sensing of the Earth's Cryosphere: Tutorial(2) Radar Polarimetry Methods for Diagnosis of Geo-/Bio-Environmental Health: Tutorial

Available Industry Speakers

Adam van Etten


Deep Learning, Computer Vision, SpaceNet, Open Source



(1) Vegetation analysis and remote sensing (2) Right data for the right applications
(3) Hyperspectral applications and gotchas (4) Writing winning proposals
(5) Alternative careers in remote sensing

Chris Rampersad


Trade-offs between space hardware and ground processing, image formation and calibration

Keely Roth


Vegetation, Agriculture, Data Fusion, Machine Learning