RSAD Academic Engagement Working Group

Updated 1 November 2016


Seamless integration of commercial, governmental and societal needs in academic experiences


The mission of the RSAD Academic Engagement Working Group is to facilitate a dialogue between academic institutions and external stakeholders such as government agencies, commercial companies and non-profit organizations.

Contact information:

Chair: Dr. Giorgos Mountrakis
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Ongoing Efforts

  • Establish guidelines for independent studies and internships.
  • Identify/develop low-cost software that provides basic remote sensing functionality.
  • Establish collaboration mechanisms where external stakeholders provide data/expertise for class projects.
  • Develop, in collaboration with an industry sponsor, a classification competition.
  • Develop a repository where interested parties can upload/download reference data for algorithmic development (similar to


  • Manuscript discussing best practices for remotely sensed image classification (pdf)