SUSU delegation headed by the University Rector Alexander Shestakov took part in the International Conference “Geospatial World Forum” held in India (in the city of Hyderabad) January 15th through 19th. Among the delegation members also were the Head of Research and Education Center “Geoinformation Systems” Valentina Maksimova and research assistant of the Research and Education Center “Geoinformation Systems” Lyudmila Shestakova.
Within the framework of the conference the SUSU representatives delivered a presentation which sparked great interest among our foreign colleagues.
Valentina Maksimova shares on the details of the trip and future projects of Research and Education Center “Geoinformation Systems”.
– Valentina Nikolaevna, please tell us about the presentation our University delegation delivered at the conference.
− We took part in the conference with a presentation on “Application of Geoinformation Systems for Rational Use of Agricultural Lands”. We delivered our presentation under the section devoted to agricultural problems and using of GIS technologies. The section was quite big and comprised 3 blocks. The speakers represented mostly such countries as India, Switzerland and USA. Our delegation was the only representative of Russia at this forum.
– Please tell us about the reaction of your foreign colleagues to your presentation? Did they have any questions?
− They were of very high opinion regarding our presentation. There were a lot of questions related to development of GIS software and methods of receiving up-to-date information. The university scientists mostly asked questions on receiving data from manufacturers and market players in the field of agriculture; they asked us how we process such data, and what results we obtained.
– Did SUSU have an experience of participating in this conference?
− We took part in a similar event five years ago in Rotterdam, Holland. Due to the fact that we already presented our report in 2013, we were invited to the forum again. Also, we get published time after time, update news at the web site communicate with representatives of the world’s GIS-community. During the last years, we implemented a series of projects for our region and we came to the forum to present a report on what we have done and what was achieved in the sphere of using GIS for territory management. During this time, we obtained good results in this prospective area among the world’s leaders.
– Did you succeed in establishing new business relations with representatives of foreign universities?
− Yes, we agreed on cooperation with representatives of the Indian University. After a report by SUSU Rector Alexander Leonidovich, Professor M. Moni, Director of the Centre for Agricultural Informatics and e-Governance Research Studies from Shobhit University, proposed to sign an Agreement on cooperation in the sphere of GIS technologies. This university is the trendsetter of GIS technologies in India, and among its employees there are advisors of the Ministry of Agriculture of India. This industry is very popular in India, and thanks to it, India holds global ranking positions in the sphere of agriculture.
– In your opinion, what prospects get opened for SUSU due to participation in this conference?
− GIS is a prospective direction for SUSU because we have supercomputers, pilotless aircrafts; we have such specialties as cadastre engineering, IT specialties, radio electronics, aerospace specialties. Only such multidisciplinary and advanced universities as ours have the opportunity to get to the world’s level in the sphere of GIS technology. We are constantly developing. This is exactly why such exchange of experience will allow SUSU to move to a new level.
As a reminder, the traditional world GIS forum is held every 2 years and gathers many specialists in the sphere of GIS technologies. Participants annually discuss the best world’s practices, trends and prospects for development of the sphere of Geoinformational Systems which are the main component in the digital industrial revolution