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Prof. Jianya Gong

Prof. Jianya Gong is Academician of Chinese Academy of Science and director of the State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University, China.
He studied as a PhD candidate at Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping, and Technical University of Denmark during the time period of 1988 to 1992 and got his Ph.D in 1992.
Up to now Prof. Gong has experienced several professional careers in different countries. He worked as a lecturer at Department of Surveying and Mapping, East China Geology College from 1982 to 1988, and an Associate Professor at Department of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping, from 1992 to 1995, and worked as a visiting professor at Department of Geography, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA over the time period Oct.,1995 - Feb.,1996. He has been a Changjiang Chair professor at the State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping and Wuhan University since 1996, and during that time period, he was invited as a visiting professor to work at Department of Surveying and Land Information, Hong Kong Polytechnic University from Mar.,1998 to Sep.,1998, a visiting professor to work at Department of Geography and GeoInformation Science in George Mason University from Nov. 2008 to Feb. 2009.
Prof. Gong has been active in organizing international academic exchange. He was a secretary of ISPRS Commission III over the time period Sept., 1990 to July, 1992, a secretary of ISPRS Commission VI over the time period July, 1992 to July, 1996, a chair of Working Group of ISPRS WG IV/2(Federal Database and Interoperability) over the time period July, 2000 to July, 2004, a chair of Working Group of ISPRS WG VII/5(Multi Temporal Data Processing and Change Detection) and a co-chair of Academy Commission of ISPRS XXI Congress over the time period July, 2004 to July, 2008, a member of Working Group (Geographical Information Service) of ISO/TC211 over the time period May, 2003 - Nov., 20012, a chair of Working Group of ISPRS WG IV/4(Virtual Globes and Context-Aware Visualization) over the time period July, 2008- July., 2012.
His research interests include geospatial data structure and data model, geosptial data integration and management, geographical information system software, geospatial data sharing and interoperability, Photogrammetry, GIS and remote sensing application.


Mr. Glenn Bethel

Mr. Bethel currently serves as USDA's Remote Sensing Advisor. Glenn Bethel has over 30 years of experience performing, developing, and implementing operational applications of remote sensing and GIS. In this capacity, he represents all USDA agencies Remote Sensing needs and missions. Before his current position, Mr. Bethel was the Chief of the Farm Service Agency Remote Sensing Section, where he was responsible for national farm level GIS and remote sensing implementation. He has also served as Chief of the Foreign Agricultural Service Remote Sensing Section where he was responsible for the processing of global imagery and global geospatial database development used for global crop condition assessment.
Mr. Bethel has a BS in Agronomy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and MS in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University. Mr. Bethel serves on numerous working groups working on advancing operational use of remote sensing for Agriculture, Forestry, Conservation, and Disasters as well as forward looking groups to influence the US investment in aerial and space-based earth observations.