Open PhD position, Laval University, Quebec, Canada

New Data Mining Methods for Geospatial Big Data

A PhD position is available at the Department of Geomatics Sciences of Laval University. During the project, the student will design and develop new software solutions to process and analyze big geospatial data. These solutions will be based on the most recent innovations in big data, artificial intelligence (i.e. machine learning) and data mining techniques.

The candidate should have a background in computer science or in geomatics, with skills in software development. The candidate should also have an interest for data analysis and data mining methods, for machine learning and for geospatial applications.

The PhD position is supported by a scholarship of 18 000$/year, over three years.

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2017 CIDCO Symposium – May 8th – 10th 2017

The 4th CIDCO Symposium will be held in Rimouski from May 8th to May 10th, 2017.

The first day will be devoted to a workshop on the specifications of a hydrographic survey. The Symposium will take place on May 9th and 10th.

The Symposium will address the following themes:
- Hydrographic survey contract design, including terms for quality assurance
- Automatic calibration of Multibeam systems parameters
- Innovation in autonomous bathymetry (ASV, AUV)
- Innovation in positioning and water level measurements
- Tide and separation models
- Innovation in bathymetric data processing
- Education, capacity building
- Nautical and inland charting

For more information and to register: 2017 CIDCO Symposium.


ISPRS Geospatial Week workshop on photogrammetric 3D reconstruction for geo-applications – September 2017

PhotoGA 2017 will provide an opportunity and platform for all professionals involved in photogrammetric 3D reconstruction to share research ideas and results, foster and enhance cooperation, draw inspirations and maximize potentials. It will gather experts from photogrammetry, remote sensing, and computer vision from both academia and industry. The workshop will be held at the Wuhan University (China) on September 21st and September 22nd.

A call for papers is open, until March 31st. Topics of interest include:
- Non-conventional image sources, i.e. oblique images
- Feature extraction, stereo/multi-view sparse matching, dense image matching
- Aerial/Space sensor calibration and orientation
- Image alignment and applications
- Multi-source data fusion
- Multi-view geometry and image sequence analysis
- 3D Data acquisition and surface reconstruction
- Small unmanned aerial systems for 3D mapping
- Evaluation of performance, reliability, robustness, and generality of methods

More information at: PhotoGA 2017.


RAQ 2017 – First conference on augmented reality in Quebec – April 7th 2017

The Centre en imagerie numérique et médias interactifs (CIMMI) is organizing the first conference on augmented reality in Québec: RAQ 2017 Au-delà du réel!

During this event, industry and research leaders and experts will discuss augmented reality markets, technologies and applications. Renowned speakers will present augmented reality applications in marketing, entertainment, urban sciences and arts. Sylvie Daniel, member of the Convergence Network, will present a conference about augmented cities.

A demo zone will allow for the experimentation of the latest technologies.

For more information and to register: RAQ 2017 [French only].


FORPIQ 9th Edition April 26th 2017 – Unlocking the power of your IP

As traditional intellectual property (IP) strategies are becoming less attractive for businesses, new IP models are emerging, revealing the full potential for commercializing one’s IP. FORPIQ 2017 will explore these trends and in particular focus on how businesses are implementing these new models to capture the value of their IP assets.

With speakers and panelists composed of seasoned business and IP leaders operating in all sectors of industry, FORPIQ 2017 is intended for an audience of entrepreneurs, IP experts, investors, and government officials who appreciate how IP forms an integral part of today’s business strategies.

In terms of innovation, FORPIQ will have the pleasure to welcome Catherine Lacavera, Director of IP and Litigation at Google. She has successfully managed a docket of more than 1000 patent and other intellectual property matters, including the Viacom and other copyright litigation against YouTube, and the Apple, Microsoft and Oracle copyright and patent litigation directed at Android.
From all of the experience, Catherine will share some of the lessons learned from negotiating commercial deals involving IP, and will certainly bring a fresh, innovating perspective on the exploitation of such important assets. Other renowned speakers will also provide insights on financing, acquisition, management and integration strategies related to IP assets.

This event will be held at the Centre Mont-Royal (Montréal), on April 26th, 2017.

For more information and to register: FORPIQ 2017.

Early bird rate available until March 21st. Special discount for startups.


EnvisionGEOMATICS 2017 – Call for proposals

The fifth edition of EnvisionGEOMATICS will be held in Sherbrooke, Canada, from October 17th to October 19th, 2017. The conference, organized by the Centre de géomatique du Québec (CGQ) and the Association de géomatique municipale du Québec (AGMQ), will welcome more than 50 speakers, 30 exhibitors and 250 participants.

EnvisionGEOMATICS is looking for speakers willing to present their inspiring geomatics projets.
The call for proposals is open until May 26th.

More information at: EnvisionGEOMATICS 2017.


GeoComputation 2017 – Call for extended abstracts

GeoComputation 2017, the 21st edition of this international conference, will be held in Leeds, UK, from September 4th to September 7th, 2017.

The call for extended abstracts is open until April 10th.
The conference themes are :
- Artificial intelligence and machine learning methods for geographical research
- Complex systems analysis
- Georeferenced text and social media
- Data mining and visualization
- Augmented reality
- Agent Based Modelling, Cellular Automata, and other spatial simulations
- High performance and cloud computing in geographical research
- Spatial analytics and statistics
- Uncertainty, semantic and spatial ambiguity, and error
- Applied GeoComputation

More information on the conference and the call at: GeoComputation 2017.


The Convergence Network Director named Chief Editor of Geomatica

The Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) is happy to announce that Dr. Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi is the new chief Editor of its journal, Geomatica.
Dr. Mostafavi brings extensive and diverse experience in geomatics and with publications and will lead the Geomatica publication team over the next few years.


Call for short papers – Pre-conference workshop of the 20th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science 2017

Under the theme Bridging space, time, and semantics in GIScience, you are invited to submit a short paper to the Pre-conference workshop of the 20th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science 2017. The workshop will be held on May 9th, in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Deadline for submission: Ferbuary 28th, 2017.

The topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to: 

  • Geospatial semantics
  • Ontologies of space, time, processes, and events
  • Cognitive aspects of spatiotemporal concepts
  • Semantic information extraction
  • Sophisticated spatiotemporal models
  • Spatial, temporal, and semantic representation of dynamic processes, events, and activities
  • Semantics of Geospatial Information from historical maps
  • Visualization of space, time, and semantics
  • Multidimensional spatial data models for VGI
  • Real-time spatiotemporal data integration, modelling, analysis, and visualization (real-time space-time integration)
  • State-of-the-art applications in relevant areas such as historical GIS, climate change, transportation, mobility, epidemics, disaster response, etc.

More details in the document: Bridging space, time, and semantics in GIScience [pdf format].


Research and innovation mission in Ontario

The Québec Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation invites key participants from the information and communication technologies sector, interested in the Ontario market, to participate in a research and innovation mission in Ontario. The mission, directed by Marie-Josée Blais, Assistant Deputy Minister, will take place on February 27th and 28th 2017.

For more information and to register: Ontario Mission (French only).


Economic mission in Israel and the West Bank

The Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation (MESI) invites enterprises and organizations interested in Israel and the West Bank to be part of the Prime Minister Economic Mission, to be held from May 19th to May 25th.

The mission will include the following themes:
- Information and communication technologies
- Life sciences and medical technologies
- Aerospace
- Agri-food
- Culture

For more information and to register: Economic Mission Israel and West Bank [in French].