nGATEo 2012

IAG sponsored Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) School successfully held at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)

(News report from Hong Kong, June 17, 2012) The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) School on "New GNSS Algorithms and Techniques for Earth Observations 2012 (nGATEo 2012)" was successfully held on PolyU campus 14-15 May 2012, Hong Kong. This GNSS School, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, was one of a series of activities held at the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Officiating the School were Professor Xiaoli DING, Head and Chair Professor of LSGI, and Dr. Zhizhao George LIU, Assistant Professor of LSGI.

With an aim to provide excellent training opportunity for in-school MSc/PhD students and to enhance the academic exchange between the researchers at LSGI and international peers, nGATEo 2012 offered all the participants an excellent opportunity to learn up to date research results in selected areas.

Five internationally distinguished scholars from Australia, China, Germany and USA were invited to give lectures during the two-day events. After LSGI Department Head's opening speech, an invited speech was delivered by Prof. Chris Rizos, The President of International Association of Geodesy and Head of School of Surveying & Spatial Information Systems, The University of New South Wales, Australia.

More than 50 international participants from academia, industry and government agencies in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Australia, and Korea attended this GNSS School, including many in-school MSc/PhD students from mainland China. This "nGATEo 2012" GNSS School received overwhelming feedbacks from the participants. The survey showed that many found this GNSS School useful (86%), informative (97%), knowledgeable (83%) and interesting (80%). More than 85% participants indicated that they would attend similar GNSS School in the future.

This GNSS School was hosted by the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) and was greatly supported by the Faculty of Construction and Environment, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. It was sponsored by the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) and the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Global Positioning Systems (CPGPS).

Five GNSS School Lecturers with IAG President (middle) and GNSS School Organizer (right): Maorong Ge, Peter Teunissen, Jade Morton, Chris Rizos, Peng Fang, Danan Dong and Zhizhao George Liu (L to R)

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