Invitation to SUNSAR Symposium in Oct 2016

Over the last few years, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) has become more prominent in South Africa’s earth observation landscape, both in terms of research activities and in operational and commercial implementations. New research agendas are running at universities and research councils, new sensors are being developed, collaborations are being shaped, commercial ventures are taking off and human capital development is increasing in this domain.

In the light of this groundswell of SAR-related activities in South Africa, you are hereby invited to the 2nd Stellenbosch University SAR (SUNSAR) Symposium on 6 & 7 October 2016. The goal of this symposium is firstly to build on the momentum of the 1st Symposium held in 2015, as well as the SAR Special Session at the IEEE RADAR Conference in 2015. Furthermore the symposium aims to:

  1. Present and discuss the SAR research currently being conducted in South Africa;
  2. Strengthen and broaden the networks of SAR and other earth observation partners in South Africa, including research, education and industry;
  3. Stimulate discussion around the future of SAR research, applications, user needs and collaborations in South Africa and beyond.

The symposium is therefore also open to those interested in exploring the potential of SAR in their domain/industry.

The SUNSAR Symposium is presented in cooperation with the joint South African chapter of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems (AES) and Geoscience and Remote Sensing (GRS) Societies. It will be held on 6 & 7 October 2016 at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) conference facility in Stellenbosch.

Registration is free for the first 35 delegates (and all speakers) and lunch, coffee, tea and snacks will be provided. Registrations after the first 35 delegates will be at a cost of R1200 per person.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by completing this Google Form by 2 September 2016.