JULY 2015 - JUNE 2016
Summer group meeting and luncheon:
Prof. Yuhong He is awarded an NSERC discovery grant for another five years to work on: Quantifying Vegetation Stress from the Leaf to Landscape Scale: Integrating Lab/Field Observations, Radiative Transfer Modelling, and UAV Hyperspectral Imaging System
Congratulations to Courtney Soden for winning the 2016 CENTER FOR GLOBAL CHANGE SCIENCE (CGCS) Graduate Student Research Award.
We presented an outreach activity to kids in the "Bring Our Children to Work Day" at UTM. The Departmental Laboratory Technician Phil Rudz, and the President of SAGE (the Student Association of Geography and Environment) Justin Murfitt, and Prof. He delivered the program. A science-focused talk was first delivered by Prof.He, introducing the concept of native vs non-native species and the impact of the latter, as well as the use of technology as an aid to answering ecological questions. Then Justin and Phil led a jeopardy-style game, which was very enthusiastically received by the students. At the end of the session, Phil gave a demonstration of a quad-copter drone with a video recorder attached to the bottom. Check out the video taken by the drone inside the Faculty club at UTM! Thanks to the event coordinator Blake Eligh and to the great logistic and financial support provided by Toni Luke-Gervais, the business manager of Geography, and by the Ontario Early Researcher Award outreach program awarded to Prof.Yuhong He.
The 2016 AAG sessions we organized and chaired drew a crowd!!
Prof. Yuhong He was invited to be an Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) member by the Editor-in-Chief Prof. Weng and Prof. Lichti of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. ISPRS P&RS is the official Journal of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and a platform to publish excellent papers in photogrammetry, remote sensing, spatial information systems, computer vision and other related fields. In recent years, the Journal has become a top journal as measured by its high impact factor.
Prof. Yuhong He was offered a full member of the Graduate Faculty in the School of Environment at the University of Toronto.
End of Year Group Meeting and Luncheon, Merry Christmas!
Our CFI/ORF funded UAV-Hyperspectral sensor integration is complete, and the very first hyperspectral image acquisition with a fixed wing UAV is successful, thanks to the lightweight hyperspectral imager from Headwall Photonics, Inc (WWW.HeadwallPhotonics.com)
Our dedicated outreach team consisting of the senior undergraduate student (Justin), graduate student (Cameron), staff (Phil), and faculty (Yuhong and Amy) visited a local school in Mississauga (Kendellhurst Academy, Streetsville) and worked with students from grade 3 to grade 7 to enhance their geographical understanding of the world and educate them with hands-on geoscience technology. This was possible thanks to Professor Yuhong He’s recent Early Researcher Award.
Cameron Proctor is awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for the year of 2015-2016 at the University of Toronto after a 3-year (2012-2014) Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D).
Amy Mui successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis in July 2015; congratulations, Dr. Amy Mui!!!
Prof. Youfei Zheng, Dean of NUIST Reading Academy, visited our lab on the week of July 27th, 2015.