Welcome Message

Welcome remarks from the KSRS President to the ISRS 2021

Hoonyol Lee
President of the Korean Society of Remote Sensing
General Co-Chair of the ISRS 2021

On behalf of the committees for the International Symposium on Remote Sensing (ISRS) 2021 and the Korean Society of Remote Sensing (KSRS), we are pleased to announce that the ISRS 2021 will be held online from 26-28 May 2021. We sincerely welcome all the participants and delegates to the ISRS 2021 virtual conference.
ISRS dates back to 1994 when the Standing Committee of Environmental Monitoring from Space of East Asia (EMSEA) started organizing an international conference. Since 2012, ISRS has been co-organized annually by three major societies – Remote Sensing Society of Japan (RSSJ), Chinese Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (CSPRS), and KSRS – and became a leading symposium of the remote sensing field in East Asia.

Amid the global pandemic that sparked last year, almost all international conferences have been canceled or restricted online. Through the difficult decision to cancel the ISRS 2020 last year, our societies prioritized the health of our members and actively participates in social distancing. Last fall, KSRS held a domestic conference online for the first time in the history of the society, which served as an opportunity to reaffirm the passionate academic enthusiasm of members. Thanks to the active support of the members and the technical experience on virtual conferencing, ISRS 2021 will be held as an online international academic conference. We have the confidence that the conference activities can continue actively and so does our friendship regardless of its format, online or offline.

We are living in the era of the 4th revolution, led by big data and artificial intelligence. In this global crisis of COVID-19, we are already experiencing an intelligent world through sharing, openness, and decentralization in a virtual world connected online. The technology used for remote sensing is also moving from the academia to the practical stage, which is directly linked to the improvement of people’s safety and quality of life. The data pouring out from various remote sensors already constitutes big data, and the role of artificial intelligence is increasing accordingly. The decentralization of remote sensing data is accelerating, and the demand for data sharing and opening will become an important topic in the future. Technology advances endlessly but the most vital ingredient of the future is the members, especially our young generation, and the connection between them.

I believe that ISRS 2021 will be a successful virtual conference that serves as not just a temporal bridge to the conventional offline meetings but also as a big leap to the future conferences with advanced presentation techniques and communications in the intelligent world.

Sincerely yours,

Prof. Hoonyol Lee, PhD.
President of the Korean Society of Remote Sensing
Kangwon National University, Republic of Korea