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Seminar Working Document on "Spatial Information Retrieval, Analysis, Reasoning and Modelling" (Ed: B. S. Daya Sagar), p. 1-230, March 2009.


            Introduction—B. S. Daya Sagar                                                                                

  1. Remote sensing as the ‘X-Ray crystallography’ for urban ‘DNA’, Alan Wilson
  2. Prediction and Simulation of Malaysian Forest Fires by Random Spread, J. Serra, M. d. H. Bin Suliman and M.Mahmud
  3. An analytical framework for GIS modeling, Josephy K. Berry, and Shitij Mehta
  4. GIS-Aided per-segment scene analysis of multi-temporal spaceborne SAR series with application to urban areas, G. Trianni, F. Dell'Acqua and P. Gamba
  5. Level of detail for graphs: equivalence relations and partitions, John Stell
  6. Validation of the MODIS-derived phonological classes in a mega-divers zone: the relevance of an accuracy index with possibility margins, Stéphane Couturier
  7. Automatic pixel classification in remote sensing satellite imagery using a new multiobjective simulated annealing based clustering technique, Sriparna Saha and Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay
  8. ICA application for CBIR, Arti Khaparde, B.L.Deekshatulu, M.Madhavilatha
  9. DTM generation and feature extraction from satellite images of hilly terrains using wavelets and watersheds, K. Parvathi, B. S. Prakasa Rao, T. Venkateswara Rao
  10. Predicting phenology using time series remote sensing data: initial results for the Indian forests, C. Jeganathan, J. Dash and P.M. Atkinson
  11. A divide-and-conquer approach to contour extraction and invariant features analysis in spatial image processing, Marina Gavrilova and Russel Apu
  12. GIS–Present scenario and potential research areas, P.Venkatachalam
  13. Analysis and characteristic of information retrieval in distributed resources, M. Krishanamurthy
  14. Spatial distribution of ground water quality information at Rajahmundry and it’s surrounding areas—GIS approach, Ch. Venkateswara Rao, M. Ravi Sankar, B.S. Prakasa Rao
  15. Issues in high resolution image analysis, R. Krishnan
  16. Kernel-based object recognition, P. Radhakrishnan
  17. A mathematical morphological perspective in the world of images, Rahul Gaurav
  18. A spatial downscaling model for Indian rainfall, V. Venugopal.
  19. The degree of polynomial curves with a fractal geometric view, S. Mohanty and A. Misra



18th March-Morning

09.30am-10.15am: REGISTRATION

10.15am-10.20am: WELCOME by TSSRK Rao

10.20am-10.30am: About DRTC by IK Ravichandra Rao

10.30am-11.15am: Inaugural Address by Sankar Kumar Pal

Topic: Case based reasoning, rough sets and granular computing: case generation and image segmentation.

11.15am-11.30am: Coffee Break

11.30am-12.15pm: Invited Talk by A. Neelameghan

Topic: Spatial information system in development planning

12.15pm-1.00pm: Invited Talk by John G Stell

Topic: Level of detail for graphs: equivalence relations and partitions

1.00pm-1.15pm: Significance and Timeliness of the Seminar by Daya Sagar

1.15pm-2.15pm: Lunch Break

18th March-Afternoon

2.15pm-3.00pm: Invited Talk by Sanghamitra Bandyopadhya

Topic: A symmetry based distance and genetic clustering for satellite image segmentation

3.00pm-3.30pm: Tea Break

3.30pm-4.15pm: Invited Talk by BSP Rao

Topic: GIS: flood management


19th March-Morning

09.45am-10.30am: Invited Talk by R. Krishnan

Topic: Methods for high resolution image analysis

10.30am-11.15am: Invited Talk by C. Bhagavati

Topic: Colour image processing and its applications

11.15am-11.30am: Coffee Break

11.30am-12.00noon: Presentation by Arti Khaparde

Topic: ICA application for CBIR

12.00noon-12.45pm: Invited Talk by V. Venugopal

Topic: A spatial downscaling model for monsoon rainfall over India

1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch Break

19th March-Afternoon

2.00pm-2.45pm: Presentation by BS Daya Sagar

Topic: Hausdorff distances in spatial relationships and visualization of spatio-temporal behaviour of discrete maps via recursive median set computation: a case study on epidemic spread

2.45pm-3.00pm: Tea Break

3.00pm-3.30pm: Presentation by M. Krishnamurthy

Topic: Analysis and characteristic of information retrieval in distributed resources

3.30pm-4.00pm: Presentation Shion Guha

Topic: Urban simulation

4.00pm-4.30pm: Presentation by Aurabindo Misra

Topic: The degree of polynomial curves with a fractal geometric view

20th March-Morning

09.45am-10.30am: Invited Talk by Bhabatosh Chanda

Topic: Extraction and representation of spatial information from topographic map

10.30am-11.00am: Invited Talk by CV Rajan

Topic: Spatial data mining: state of the art

11.00am-11.45am: Presentation by Daya Sagar

Topic: Mathematical morphology in retrieval of unique features from DEMs and spatial analysis.

11.45am-12.00noon: Coffee Break

12.00noon-12.15pm: Presentation by Rahul Gaurav

Topic: A mathematical morphological perspective in the world of images

12.15pm-12.20pm: Summary by Daya Sagar

12.20pm-12.25pm: Vote of Thanks by Devika P Madalli

1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch


About the Seminar

Data related to various natural, anthropogenic and socio-economic phenomena are now available in numerous formats, most significant of which is spatial data that facilitate visualization at spatio-temporal intervals. Availability of such data from a wide range of sources in a variety of formats poses challenges to Geographic Information Science (GISci) community. The utility and application of such data could be substantially enhanced through developments in technologies related to:

 To retrieve noise-free phenomena to represent them in layered forms, which are basic inputs in GIS, to develop application specific information systems, challenges are still unresolved. Sequel to these challenges, analyses of layered information to overcome constraints posed by restrictions due to spatio-temporal resolution. Establishing spatial relationships across mapped layered information via spatial reasoning is still at the research level. Once, the robust strategies to retrieve, analyse, reason the information at multiscale and multitemporal modes are available, modelling the spatio-temporal behaviour of a phenomenon would be rather straightforward.  It is realized that the better thematic retrieval procedures, and further analysis and reasoning would pave a way to better deal with the noise-free layered spatial maps in the context of modelling via GISci.

Much success has been achieved in the proper usage of data by addressing the above four aspects by individual groups. It is now at understandable level and there are overlaps between the concepts that emerged from different fields to deal with the above four aspects. In light of these overlaps, there exist demands to choose appropriate mathematical techniques that can offer robust solutions. As it stands, there are various techniques (e.g. mathematical morphology, fuzzy set theory, rough set theory, granular computing, map algebra) to address the challenges.

The motivation stems from the following observation. For groups, which are familiar with both spatial information theory and theories involved in digital image processing and analysis, most of these ideas are quite familiar. But, surprisingly there has been little interaction between the groups respectively familiar with image processing and spatial information theory. This seminar is intended to serve as a forum for bringing together specialists in  those two groups and facilitate interaction.

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of International Journal of Remote Sensing

 Oral paper presentation sessions categorized under four tracks in the areas of, but not limited to, applications of advanced spatial techniques—mathematical morphology, rough set theory, fuzzy set theory, fractal geometry, data mining, evolutionary computing, digital image processing, granular computing, map algebra etc—in (i) information retrieval from spatial data (e.g. remotely sensed data, maps etc), (ii) analysis and characterization of retrieved information, (iii) reasoning of spatial information across spatial/spectral scales and also across temporal scales, and (iv) usage of noise-free layered information in spatio-temporal modelling.

Specific topics under these four tracks include: scaling and multiscaling, spatial information retrieval, feature detection and distribution, spatial complexity analysis, applications of mathematical morphology, fractal geometry, rough set theory, fuzzy set theory, evolutionary computing, and data mining concepts in spatial analysis, reasoning, theme extraction and classification/segmentation, multiscale convexity analysis for segmentation and spatial complexity analysis, shape description—complexity analysis, Space decomposition, spatial interpolations and extrapolations, morphologic modelling and simulation, geodesic modelling—simulation and modelling, derivation of object properties, network pruning, map algebra, automatic zonation, conversion of clustered point data into spatial objects, generation of convex hulls for binary and greyscale objects and fields, multiscale convexity analysis, fractal and multifractal analysis, transformation of statistical summaries into visual fields/objects, uncertainty analysis, closing function to convert clustered points into zones, landscape simulations.

 Instructions to Author

All accepted papers would be published in the (i) seminar proceedings, which will be made available during the seminar, and (ii) some high quality papers presented along with a few invited contributions will be considered for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Remote Sensing (IJRS).

We will ask that all authors (contributing to DRTC-ISI Annual Seminar 2009) who are interested in submitting a full paper to the special issue notify Dr. Sagar at bsdsagar@isibang.ac.in as soon as possible. Full publication quality papers will need to be received by Dr. Sagar on or before 30th January 2009. Papers need to be sent to bsdsagar@isibang.ac.in. Please note that all submitted papers must conform to IJRS author guidelines. Based on the seminar theme and the quality of the collected papers, Dr Sagar will send a select number (20-25) of papers out for peer review to be included in the Special Issue of International Journal of Remote Sensing (IJRS).

Location: The seminar will be held in the Indian Statistical Institute-Bangalore Centre. It is about 55kms from Bangalore International Airport. Indian Statistical Institute, 8th Mile, Mysore Road, RVCE Post, Bangalore 560 059, Phone: 91 80 28483002/3/4/5/6, Fax: 91 80 28484265.

ISI-Bangalore Web Page: http://www.isibang.ac.in.

Seminar Website: www.isibang.ac.in/~sirarm