General Co-Chair’s Welcome
On behalf of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, the IGARSS 2008 Organizing Committee, and the New England area remote sensing and earth science communities, we are pleased to invite you to Boston for IGARSS 2008! IGARSS’08 will be the 28th annual symposium for GRSS and will continue the excellent tradition of gathering world-class scientists, engineers and educators engaged in the fields of geoscience and remote sensing to meet and present their latest activities. Truly an international event, we anticipate well over one thousand participants from all over the world to enjoy a week of technical sessions, tutorials, exhibits and social activities.
We are especially excited to be hosting IGARSS’08 in Boston, a city both steeped in American tradition and, with its world-class research universities, labs, and diverse industry, a city that is defining the future. In 2008, IGARSS will be taking place in the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center with the host hotel, the Sheraton Boston, located adjacent to the meeting space. Both the Hynes and the Sheraton are centrally located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. In addition to the many fine restaurants and shopping in Back Bay, you will be only a short walk from many Boston attractions including Faneuil Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall, the Boston Commons and Public Gardens, and historic Fenway Park. For those who wish to visit Cambridge, home to Harvard and MIT, an easy ride on America’s first subway system will deliver you to these destinations in a matter of minutes. Just prior to IGARSS’08, the Independence Day July 4th celebrations throughout the city, including a Boston Pops concert on the Charles River Esplanade culminating in traditional fireworks, are among the most exciting in the United States. Within a few hours drive from Boston are the beaches of Cape Cod to the south, the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont to the north, and the foothills of the Berkshires to the west; each of which offers a wide range of activities for people of all ages.
In Boston we anticipate a technical program encompassing traditional IGARSS topics as well as reflecting the timely theme of the 2008 symposium, “Geoscience and Remote Sensing: the Next Generation.” This theme was selected to emphasize the opportunities for the next generation of remote sensing researchers and innovators specifically in the context of our next-generation challenges and global responsibilities to map, measure and monitor the Earth’s environment, including the human impact on the planet. In this regard, we look forward to special sessions and other unique opportunities for participation at IGARSS by students and educators in the fields of remote sensing and related geoscience disciplines. At IGARSS’08 we shall also turn our collective attention to the next generation of multi-disciplinary challenges highlighting the future of remote sensing as a discipline that is integral to fields as diverse as meteorology, geography, urban planning, oceanography, water resources, and geophysics. As such, we are planning a technical program that reaches out to these communities in an effort to build the cross-disciplinary relationships needed to address the many challenging problems facing our world, in which remote sensing, geoscience and related disciplines play key roles. Thus IGARSS’08 promises to bring together a broad range of scientists and engineers, from students to senior decision makers, employed worldwide in leading academic institutions and government and industrial laboratories.
IGARSS is truly a crosscutting meeting. The list of topics in this Call for Papers provides a range of opportunities for your participation, with technical areas ranging from theoretical signal processing and modeling to sensor design and deployment to applications across a wide spectrum of Earth-related systems. Abstracts are invited for all topics related to the symposium, even if not specifically listed. We look forward to seeing you in Boston in the summer of 2008!