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The 2019 workshop

It's that time of the year again! Our Second ARD Workshop on Remote Sensing Data Interoperability is taking place on August 5-7th in Menlo Park, CA at the USGS Menlo Park Campus. Please go here and fill our sign up form. We are looking into a very exciting collection of topics to debate about in 2019 (see here for last’s year ARD18 program and videos), including:

  • Geometric and Radiometric Harmonization

  • Image Quality Metrics, Monitoring and Specification

  • Machine-learning applications/methods

  • Time-series Analysis

  • Fusing satellite imagery with drones, sensor networks and other non-space sources

  • Color and Visual Products

  • Sensor-fusion algorithms

  • ARD-driven Payload design & System Engineering, Hardware

  • Product Development and Application-driven Requirement Gathering

  • Standards for Data Distribution and Commercialization (Open Data Cube, STAC, COGs, etc.)

  • Imaging Pipelines, Software Engineering and Distributed Computing for ARD

Preliminary Agenda

The preliminary activities will be as follows:

  • August 5th

    • noon-6PM: registration, opening remarks and Session 1

    • 6:30PM-10PM: Dinner in Palo Alto (location TBD)

  • August 6th

    • 8:30-6PM: Sessions 2 and 3

    • noon-1PM: light lunch

    • 6:30PM-10PM: Dinner in Menlo Park (location TBD)

  • August 7

    • 8:30-5PM: Sessions 4 and 5

    • noon-1PM: light lunch

    • 5PM-6PM: closing remarks

Based on interests, we are starting to sort topics around thematic areas:

  • Radiometric and Geometric Harmonization

  • Standards for Data Interoperability

  • Time-series Analysis

  • Sensor Fusion Workflows

  • Commercial Software Pipelines and Open-source implementations

ARD18 attendants spanning the EO industry from 5 continents.

Sponsorship Details

Sponsorship will enable additional community building aspects like dinner, happy hour, t-shirts and travel grants for key community members. The philosophy of the event is to keep it simple and then use additional sponsorship to ‘pay it forward’, and fund the _next_ satellite data interoperability event. The goal is to have regular convenings of key experts to continually drive practically solutions that drive the industry forward.

Sponsorship Levels

Convening Sponsor - Convening Sponsors pledge $10,000 plus additional in-kind support to bring the event together. They get called out explicitly in all report outs about the event, with their logo included on the material produced. T-shirts made will include their logo at the top, credited as the convening sponsors. Convening sponsors also have a seat on the applicant acceptance process, helping shape the event by selecting participants, and get a talk in the plenary presentations.

Gold - Gold sponsors pledge at least $4000, and will be called out explicitly in support of one meal or happy hour. Sponsors get their logo on the t-shirt, and on a web-page that will be linked to from the communications / report outs from the event. Sponsors also can designate a single event applicant as a ‘sponsored attendees’, and guarantee that they will be accepted to participate (though they must pledge to contribute actively). They also get a lightning talk in the large group section to share what they are doing.

Silver - Silver sponsors pledge at least $2000, and get their logo on the t-shirt, and will be included in the majority of communications about the event, and thanked in the plenary sessions.

Supporter - Supporters pledge at least $1000 ($500 for NGO / Government), and will be listed on the ‘supporters’ page, to be linked to in communication about the event.

To submit as a sponsor please fill out the form. If you have any questions before submitting just email Ignacio Zuleta.


Use this form to submit abstracts for your talk for ARD19. You are encouraged to give a talk to the group to spark discussion. To help with organization please submit an abstract int he form below. If you don't normally submit abstracts then please follow Nature's abstract guidelines. The format is 20 minute talks in sets of 4 followed by discussion panels. We will structure the program based on the talks submitted. The program starts at noon August 5th and consists of 2.5 days of activities with scheduled dinners on Monday and Tuesday - Wednesday dinner is unscheduled. The participation can be ideally a presentation but in special cases we will consider ideas for panels or tutorials.