The International Symposium on Digital Earth and Locate17, running from 3-6 April at Sydney’s International Conference Centre, will provide an opportunity for attendees to understand digital transformation practices from around the globe and identify innovation opportunities.

Chair of the Locate17 and Digital Earth Symposium Organising Committee, and Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, said attendees will gain the knowledge to transform business practices in a diverse range of industries, including agriculture, construction and medicine.

“Both government and the private sector will be able to identify opportunities based on what is happening around the world,” Dr Mohamed-Ghouse said.

“Geospatial data underpins many disruptive and innovative organisations. Without it, companies like Uber would not be in business.”

Dr Mohamed-Ghouse said the event comes as governments around Australia opened up access to geospatial data to promote innovation.

Australia’s now freely available Geo-coded National Address File is used online to validate people’s addresses. The biggest Australian subscriber group for the Global Navigation Satellite System is not transport companies or surveyors, but the agricultural industry.

The two-day conference will feature more than 130 international and Australian speakers, provide an opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data.

The conference will be split into eight separate streams with topics that include:

  • Smart cities
  • Virtual globes
  • Intelligent transport
  • Agriculture
  • Engineering/utilities
  • Smart sensors for natural resource management
  • Water and climate
  • Disaster and emergency management
  • The geospatial economy

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Some of the symposium’s highlights include:

  • Susan Moran from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Science Team will present a special session on remote sensing and applications of global soil moisture monitoring
  • Trisha Moriarty, Geological Survey of NSW, will deliver a keynote on the application of open data policy in the earth sciences across government, scientific and industry
  • Daniel Kruimel from AAM will present ‘Singapore Smart Nation: Measuring from the ground up’
  • David Wortley, Gamification and Enabling Technologies Strategic Solutions, will deliver ‘The role of digital earth technologies in digital medicine’

To view the conference program, register, or for further information, visit http://locateconference.com/.

Lauren Cella

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