IRSEL: Innovation on Remote Sensing Education and Learning

IRSEL: Innovation on Remote Sensing Education and Learning
IRSEL: Innovation on Remote Sensing Education and Learning 2018-12-07T11:05:55+00:00

Innovation on Remote Sensing Education and Learning

Project Data Sheet

Instrument: Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education, Key Action 2
Project ID: 586037-EPP-1-2017-1-HU-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Project Name: Innovation on Remote Sensing Education and Learning
Project Acronym: IRSEL
Project Volume: 990 044 EUR
Project Duration: 15.10.2017-14.10.2020

Project Overview

The EU space strategy in the document “2016 Communication on a Space Strategy for Europe” fosters the uptake of space techniques applications. “The Commission’s aim is to optimise the benefits that space brings to society and the wider EU economy. Achieving this means boosting demand among public and private users, facilitating access to and use of space data, and stimulating the development and use of innovative downstream applications.” The demand is in line with the practice observed in the field of Remote Sensing (RS), which has wide range of potential applications unused.

The wider objective of the project is to develop an innovative learning platform, a Learning Management System (LMS) for Asian countries, China and Thailand, which has already relevant activity in the field of RS. Though the content of the proposed LMS would not correspond to any level of tertiary level education, it is basically planned to be developed for meet MSc standards to BSc of related disciplines to RS.

More specifically it is planned by improving the related education 1) by establishing LMS at each Asian universities, 2) by creating a Knowledge Pool of high level eLearning teaching materials for a wider scientific and engineering community, and 3) by organizing workshops, a trainings and a summer school for the teaching staff and students.

The promotion of the professional development of staff and youth workers in the field of remote sensing and related interdisciplinary sciences is planned to be implemented in the form of a Learning Management System, which makes use of recent advancements of ICT methodologies and technologies. Transversal skills, e.g. digital competences, or in general, 21th century skills are developed by the proposed education form, i.e. a practical remote teaching in a true multi-organizational collaboration.

The proposed LMS would host 20 newly developed modules on remote sensing in the curricula of participating universities, improving the quality of higher education, delivering a background for studying the practical use of the remote sensing techniques. This would by time enhance the practical use of remote sensing on a wide range of applications serving the labour market and society. The competences and skills in the participating HEIs will be developed by the use of these learning modules.

The LMS proposed to be developed at 4 Asian universities would serve the practical applicability of remote sensing data for wide range of disciplines (including different tasks of Environmental protection, Agriculture, forestry and fishery, Physical sciences, Engineering and engineering trades, Transport services, Security services). The aim of the LMS is to foster the uptake of remote sensing applications to boost the benefits that space brings to society and the wider economy.

Project Meeting/Activites

Kick-off meeting (Fuzhou, China) on 15-17th January 2018
IRSEL Kick-off Meeting at FNU
Fuzhou, 15-17 January 2018

Between 15-17 January, Fujian Normal University (FNU) welcomed IRSEL partner and programme country managers in Fuzhou for the project launching kick-off meeting. This was the first time, when representatives from Hungary, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Thailand and China gathered together and discussed the most important issues to be done during the 36-month project period.
The event started with an official ceremony, where Hairong Lai FNU vice president welcomed the participants. Chen Muzhen (Fujian Surveying and Geoinformation Bureau) congratulated European, Thai and Chinese partners for the successful opening of the EU project, Fan Jinlong (National Satellite Meteorological Center) explained, how his office made efforts to improve the processing of satellite data that may contribute in the project.

The three day project management board meeting facilitated partner introductions and provided an insight into the research framework in each partner country. It allowed a detailed examination of all project activities, objectives, work packages and expected results. Financial and administrative issues were also mentioned as well as the plan for the activities of the first year.
During the seminar the Project Handbook, Dissemination and Exploitation Plan and the Needs Analysis Report were introduced and accepted by the partners. The participants have discussed the preparation of curricula, development of learning materials, learning infrastructure and gave recommendations on equipment purchase for the next period.

Beside plenary- and project management board meetings, the kick-off meeting hosted side events as well. Within the framework of stakeholders meeting, Lorant Foldvary IRSEL project coordinator and Jinming Sha FNU director participated in an open debate with selected stakeholders of the region. Bela Markus IRSEL project manager and Ivan Oliveira e-Learning and LMS specialist organised a training for local administrative staff to discuss quality management, quality assurance and quality planning guidelines in depth.
The kick-off meeting was successful; it provided a good opportunity to consolidate the consortium and to remark project management key points. The next meeting of the project partners is in Khon Kaen (Thailand) between 26-30 November, where progress and milestones achieved will be reviewed.

From August 27 to 31, 2018, a workshop on Remote Sensing Experiences took place at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. 26 colleagues from China, Thailand, Poland, Hungary, Netherlands and Austria met for intensive discussions.

The workshop is part of the work package 4 “Human Resource Development” and had the objective to share experiences in the field of remote sensing and geospatial information systems – both in teaching and in research. In addition, other topics covered the development of the twenty modules and the development of innovative learning materials.

Project Parter AIT leading by Dr.Sarawut Ninsawat, Dr.Chitrini Modumder, Dr.Apichon and Dr.Sanit has joined in this workshop.

Ms. Antonella Giorgio, EACEA visited to AIT on 20th November 2018 in order to have a better overview of the impact of the EU funded project. Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat (RSGIS, AIT) the partner of IRSEL has presented the current status of project and demonstrated the purchased equipment under IRSEL project.

On 21th November, 2018 Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat attended a Cluster Meeting at Kasetsart University which is organized with all the Thai Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) involved in ERASMUS+ project selected in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively (40 projects in total). The IRSEL Newsletter no. 2

Project Partner: AIT leading by Dr.Sarawut Ninsawat, Dr.Chitrini Mozumder, and  Dr.Sanit Arunplod

Khon Kaen University (KKU) was established as the major university in the Northeastern part of Thailand in 1964 and has developed itself to become one of the top universities in Thailand. Khon Kaen University has recently become one of the nine national research universities in Thailand and an educational center in the Mekong sub-region. The university’s major mission is to prepare future global citizens to work in a continually changing world. KKU’s strategic goal is to be recognized both internationally and regionally as a leading university in research. KKU currently has more than 39,000 students studying in 22 faculties, 3 colleges, 1 graduate school and a regional campus located in Nong Khai Province offering 40 International programs covering a wide variety of disciplines.

The 1st Review Meeting will be held from 27 to 29 November 2018 at Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen Province, Thailand. The meeting will discuss about module development; workshop on innovative learning methodologies; IT platform; knowledge centres; feasibility Study of Post-project Actions (exploitation plan); quality enhancement programme; website; posters, leaflets; multiplier event and external evaluation report. Recommendations and decisions for future activities will be discussed and summarized.

Project Partner: AIT leading by Dr.Sarawut Ninsawat, Dr.Chitrini Mozumder, Dr.Sanit Arunplod, and Ms.Thannarot Kunlamai

IRSEL Equipment List:

Product name/Model:  FieldSpec Handheld 2

Brand: ASD Inc.

Specification: FieldSpec Handheld 2

Brief Description of beneficiary to Asian Institute of Institute. 

The ASD Handheld 2 spectroradiometer can be used for rapid collection of field spectra in any environment directly from field. This can be used for teaching as well as high end research in multiple applications ranging from agriculture, plant physiology, ground truthing,  water remote sensing etc. This is also suitable to serve as a rugged, portable spectrometer for accurate contact reflectance or non-solar stand-off measurements.

Plant Canopy Analyzer 

Brand/Model Selected: LI-COR / LAI-2200C


Brief Description of beneficiary to Asian Institute of Institute. 

The LAI-2200C Plant Canopy Analyser is used for measuring Leaf Area Index and other canopy structure attributes from radiation measurements. These measurements can be used for remote sensing applications as well as environmental applications such as forest canopy growth, productivity and vigor, air pollution deposition modeling etc.

UAV Multirotor 

Brand/Model Selected: DJI Phantom4 PRO V2

Tender Award: V2K CO.,LTD

Brief Description of beneficiary to Asian Institute of Institute. 

DJI Phantom 4 Pro: This equipment can be used for aerial remote sensing for visionary intelligence and information collection. With an easy-to-deploy mapping technique, drones can capture accurate aerial imagery and transform it into 2D orthomosaics (maps) and 3D models of small to medium sized sites. The applications can vary from forestry, asset management, environmental protection, agriculture, providing accurate data, quickly and cost-effectively.


Customized WorkStation PC

Brand/Model Selected: :  Customized WorkStation PC

Tender Award: Kanittakornwanit Co., LTD (บริษัท คณิตกรวานิช จำกัด)

Brief Description of beneficiary to Asian Institute of Institute. 

Customized Workstation: This workstation will be primarily used as the remote sensing image processing platform hardware equipment to provide high-performance computing capabilities. These measurements can be used for UAV, 3D Mapping, remote sensing applications and modelling.

Laptop Computer for Laptop for Course Development

Brand/Model Selected: :  DELL/XPS13

Tender Award: WK Computer and Service Co.,Ltd.

Brief Description of beneficiary to Asian Institute of Institute.  

Dell XPS13 Laptop:The laptop will be primarily used as the remote sensing image processing platform hardware equipment to provide high-performance computing capabilities. Also, it will be used for developing remote sensing teaching materials.

Network Storage (NAS)

Brand/Model Selected: :  QNAP/ QNAP TS-1273U-RP 12-bay

Tender Award: WK Computer and Service Co.,Ltd.

Brief Description of beneficiary to Asian Institute of Institute. 

QNAP Network Storage (NAS): It will be used to store the large amount of remote sensing data, UAV image and processed data to facilitate sharing and exchange of resources among project cooperating institutions, to realize the efficient sharing of remote sensing data and other resources by laboratory users. The data can be shared world-wide using the cloud storage concept. Additionally, the developed course materials and reports will be regularly stored as back-up.

External Graphic Processing Unit (GPU)

Brand/Model Selected: :  HP/OMEN Replaced by [Akitio Node PRO] with Nvidia 1080 Upgraded

Tender Award: D.T.S Technology Ltd.

Brief Description of beneficiary to Asian Institute of Institute. 

External graphics card: This equipment primarily used as UAV Data processing which required high performance external GPU unit.

Multispectral Camera for UAV

Brand/Model Selected: :  Parrot/Sequoia

Tender Award: Inspire Scientific Co., Ltd

Brief Description of beneficiary to Asian Institute of Institute. 

Multispectral: This device will be fullfill the spectral range for UAV data aquistion. Also the data from this multispectral camera will be shared in knowledge center in many application on UAV; such as argiculture , soil mapping etc.


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