Malaysia: Discussions on “Geospatial Solutions for the Future” came to the fore at the recently concluded MRSS6th (Malaysian Remote Sensing Society) International Remote Sensing & GIS Conference and Exhibition at Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur. It was jointly organised by MRSS and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). The conference was aimed at bringing together local and international experts in geospatial technologies, both from the government and private sectors.
The conference was marked by the presence of international speakers who talked about technicalities and social aspects of GIS. Dr. Andrew Frank, Professor of Geoinformation at the Technical University of Vienna, opined that cultural differences don’t really matter in the GIS industry. On the other hand, Dr. Hiromichi Fukui, Professor of Policy Management at Japan’s Keio University, threw light on “SDI and Digital Asia as Information Commons for Wealth Creation”.
Prof. Xialo Xing, Head of Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, spoke about monitoring ground deformations and geo-hazards from space. Also, Dr. Raza Ehsani presented a paper on “Mobile Soil and Plant Sensors: Technology Update”.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Rashid, in his welcoming speech, stated that the Malaysian geospatial industry has gained tremendously through the sharing of knowledge from other countries. He said that geomatics has brought the people of the world closer to each other.
Dato Nik Nasruddin Mahmood, President of MRSS, expressed that technologies unveiled at the conference can be an area of interest for researchers. Similar sentiments were echoed by Dr. Nik Mustapha R Abdullah, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Y.B. Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia said that it requires international collaboration to develop the remote sensing and GIS discipline, and that the MRSS event is the right platform to further promote the use of technology. In his opinion, geospatial technology is effective for many disciplines and also for the decision makers.
The conference witnessed participations from 19 countries, 124 researches, 21 exhibitors and the government.
Source: Our Correspondent