India: During the Inaugural Session of National Conference on Big Geospatial Data Analytics, Modelling and Appplication (BiGMAP)on 25 September 2019 at Punjab Remote Sensing Centre Padamshree Dr. B.S. Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University dedicated the conference to 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. He stated that Geospatial technologies have been widely used to observe the earth from various perspectives and to make our lives easier. He reiterated that the advanced techniques of remote sensing can prove to be vital for managing air, water and soil.
Dr. B. Pateriya, Director, PRSC welcoming the chief guests, dignitaries and delegates informed that the national conference is being organized to create a platform for the scientists, government officials and students of different organizations to chalk out strategies for appropriate use of geospatial techniques and Big Data in developmental planning. The digitized Earth plus the moving data generators (humans) are the main actors for big data in remote sensing, which can be used to make governments more efficient for and services. He emphasized that agricultural issues of depleting ground water resources, land degradation and climate change in the state of Punjab can better be tackled through remote sensing techniques.
Dr Prakash Chauhan, Director Indian Institute of Remote Sensing Dehradun said that India having the largest constellation of remote sensing satellites, needs to utilize these much more efficiently for managing natural resources, rural & urban development planning. He highlighted the role of remote sensing and resulting Big Data for resource planning and development.
Dr Sameer Saran Secretary Indian Society of Remote Sensing, explained the role of the Society for the popularization of the geospatial technology among planners, users and students through organizing conferences and talks. Dr SS Ray Director NCFC focused on the role of Big Data in agriculture domain and its implications to Government schemes in Indian and State perspective including the applications in crop disease, pests and insurance wherein Dr BS Dhillon VC PAU had emphasized PAU to work in close collaboration with PRSC. Mr Rajesh Mathur form ESRI presented the industry role in Big Data and presented a framework for assimilation of various data.
During the conference, four genius kids students (Aryaman, Amandeep, Adit Singla, Bhavya Bansal) were invited to encourage, showcase and develop their interest in space technology and robotics. It was well received and appreciated by the audience and scientists.
The Organizing Secretary of the Conference, Sh. SK Sahoo informed that over 300 delegates from different parts of the country and with different disciplines are participating in the Conference. Dr RK Setia, Joint Organizing Secretary informed that the outcome of the deliberations of the Seminar will be passed on to the stakeholders including policymakers for implementation.