The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Working Group on Health of Commission VIII (ISPRS WG VIII/2) is organizing its 2nd Symposium on Advances in Geospatial Technologies for Health in collaboration with the 5th International Conference on Medical Geology (MEDGEO 2013) scheduled for August 24-30, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia, USA.
The goals of this symposium are to bridge the geospatial science, Earth science and health science communities and to explore interdisciplinary collaborations to improve our overall health and well-being.
The symposium topics will include applications of remote sensing and geospatial technologies in the areas of:
•Air Pollution Modeling for Health Impact Studies
•Air-borne, Soil-borne and Water-borne Diseases
•Big-Data Analysis in Public Health Research
•Environmental Public Health Surveillance
•Infectious and Vector-borne Diseases
•Climate Variability and Health
In addition to technical sessions, the event will include workshops and short courses on geospatial technologies and environmental health geared toward young professionals. Notable speakers include Dr. James Acker and Dr. Radina Soebiyanto from NASA; and Prof. Stan Morian from the Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC).
Keynote lectures will include speakers from the American, French, and Japanese space agencies, giving participants a chance to hear about the advances in public health research made by national space programs. Other keynotes will include speakers from the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Esri, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Medicaid, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)and Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
The symposium will offer a special opportunity for students presenting work related to the geospatial technology and health. NASA has funded a grant to support a few travel fellowships for students to present papers at the symposium. Application forms and the announcement are available on the symposium website.
The joint event of ISPRS Symposium and MEDGEO-2013 conference is being managed by the Geological Society of America (GSA).
Information on registration and conference costs can be found online. Early registration closes on July 15, with final registration closing on July 22.