25th asian conference on remote sensing & first asian space conference

The 25th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS) was organized from November 22nd to 26th at The Sheraton Chiang Mai Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The five-day long conference was organized by Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Thailand, in cooperation with the Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS) and the Remote Sensing and GIS Association of Thailand (RESGAT). It was the third time that Thailand played host to the ACRS.

The conference, organized with the objective of providing a forum for exchanging academic and technical information as well as promoting the regional cooperation in geoinformatics, saw the participation of 716 delegates.

The First Asian Space Conference (ASC) was concurrently organized with ACRS in which 72 delegates participated. The conference served as a new forum on space technologies and their implications on society, economy and culture. GISTDA, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) the Netherlands, were the organizers. 41 countries participated in ACRS and 17 in ASC. Bhutan, Cambodia, Russia, Syria and Saudi Arabia were the new members of AARS and participated for the first time in ACRS.

The event was inaugurated by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. H.E. Mr. Korn Thappasansi, Minister of Science and Technology, and Prof. Dr. Shunji Murai, Secretary General of Asian Association in Remote Sensing (AARS) presented the AARS report. During the opening session Princess Sirindhorn conferred upon Dr. Boon Indrambarya Gold Medal Award to

  • Prof. Tong Qing Xi from China
  • Dr. N.S. Rathore from India
  • Prof. Cheon Kim from Korea (South)
  • Prof. John Van Genderen from the Netherlands
  • Mr. Virgilio Santos from the Philippines
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Charat Mongkolsawat from Thailand

The Boon Indrambarya Gold Medal is given to outstanding persons who like Dr. Boon Indrambarya have shown great dedication and made significant contributions to the remote sensing of the Asian Region.

In all 286 papers were presented during the Oral and Poster Presentation. The Oral Presentation had papers on topics –

  • New Generation Sensors and Application – 30
  • Data Processing – 50
  • Remote Sensing – 86
  • GIS – 38
  • GPS and Photogrammetry – 7

During the conference JSPRS Awards were given under the categories of Best Speaker and Best Poster. Under Best Speaker the awardees were:

  • Li-Yu Chang, National Central University, Taipei, China
  • Siam Lawawirojwong, GISTDA, Thailand
  • Ornprapa Pummakarnchana, AIT, Thailand
  • M.F.Noomen, ITC, The Netherlands
  • Ekasit Kositsakulchai, Kasetsart University, Thailand

The Best Poster awards went to

  • Yi-Hsing Tseng, National Cheng Kung University, Taipei, China
  • Siam Lawawirojwong, GISTDA, Thailand

The next ACRS will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam during 7th to 11th Novemeber, 2005.