The National Symposium on “Innovations in Geospatial Technology for Sustainable Development with
special emphasis on NER” and annual conventions of Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG) & Indian Society
of Remote Sensing (ISRS) was organized jointly by Indian Society of Geomatics & Indian Society of
Remote Sensing during 20-22 November in Shillong. The event was hosted by Indian Society of
Geomatics, Shillong Chapter (ISG-SC) Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Shillong Chapter (ISRS-SC)
North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), Umiam & North Eastern Hill University (NEHU),
Shillong. The Symposium focused on recent advancements made in the satellite payloads, data processing
techniques, Web GIS, Mobile App., Geospatial Technology and applications in various key areas defined
under different key programs of the Government of India. The Symposium was attended by large number of
researchers, professionals, academia, students and geospatial industry from different part of the country.
More than 350 delegates from representing various states and on various themes has attended the
symposium and participated in the deliberations.
The symposium was preceded by 2 days pre-symposium tutorials during November, 18-19, 2019 under the four broad themes,1) UAV Remote Sensing, 2) SAR data Processing and Applications, 3) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for Remote Sensing Data Analysis, and 4) Hyperspectral Remote Sensing.
The national symposium was formally inaugurated on November 20, 2019 at NEHU by Shri Tathagata Roy, Hon’ble Governor of Meghalaya. The Abstract Volume cum Souvenir of the symposium was also inaugurated by Hon’ble Governor during the inaugural function of the symposium. This was followed by the award distribution ceremony of ISG and ISRS. There were two plenary sessions after the inaugural session. In the afternoon, Vikram Sarabhai Memorial Lecture was delivered by Padmasree Kiran Karnik and ISG Millennium lecture was delivered by Prof. Henry Lamin, Pro-Vice Chancellor of NEHU. The daylong technical program was followed by a cultural program in the evening.
On November 21-22, 2019 technical program was held at NESAC Outreach Facility. On Nov 21, Shri Tapan Misra, President, ISG and ISRS inaugurated the exhibition at NESAC Outreach premisesThere were exhibition stalls from various state government departments and vendors displaying their activities and products. One poster session was also there, in which posters from different themes were presented. There were 18 technical sessions spread across the two days and divided into different themes, each hosting multiple paper presentations. A special Session on ‘Jal Shakti– Sustainable Water Resources Management in India’ was organized on November 22,2019. The Session was chaired by Dr. V.V. Rao, NRSC, Hyderabad. It was followed by the concluding session/panel discussion and distribution of awards for best performance in both oral presentation and poster presentation categories. The programme ended with a vote of thanks offered by Dr. Bijoy K. Handique Organising Secretary of the symposium.