After three days in a row of workshops the team of FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt is satisfied by the results generated out of the latest FabSpace 2.0 Space Science Shop Workshop (S3). All involved participants of the event were agreed on the constructive working atmosphere during the workshop days. On top of that, project leader of cesah GmbH, Sascha Heising says “we were also able to prove that the concept of Keynote, Brainstorming and Deep Dive session worked perfectly and was highly accepted by the participants”. The project leader from TU Darmstadt Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Becker presented in the first day on the GNSS and elaborated future innovation possibilities. The assistant project leader from TU Darmstadt Dr.-Ing. Damian Bargiel was presenting the concept and possibilities of radar remote sensing, while the project manager Bayzidul Islam made an awesome job on the presentation on optical remote sensing and provided a lot of useful information for the participants.
Some of the participants while discussing during the workshop (Photo: FabSpace)
FabSpace Darmstadt kicked of the workshop on Tuesday, 6th of March, with the topic of Radar Remote sensing with the focus on Sentinel-1 radar satellite mission of Copernicus. The session was entitled as “SAR - Radar Image Processing for Application Development” by Dr. Bargiel. In this presentation Dr. Bargiel highlighted his recent research activities at TU Darmstadt and the potential of multi-temporal analysis of radar imagery for landscapes, crop classification and so on. This new way of how to think of radar imagery or maps for a whole region has a lot of hidden potential. For the attendees the results and explanations were just amazing and a great point to start thinking. Beside introducing this he also gave a very good overview of the concept and possibilities of the radar imagery and image processing technology. The feedback on this Keynote was outstanding and first ideas for new business were revealed just after minutes by the participants. “By seeing this, I can think about several business cases immediately”, says one of the workshop users. Therefore, in the end of the live presentation open discussion were carried out to explore the future possibilities of radar satellite Sentinel-1 imagery.
Dr. Damian Bargiel in discussion with participants (Photo: FabSpace)
The second day was all about “GNSS on the move” by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Becker. He showed the recent developments of satellite navigation and its influence on so many applications, especially smart mobility and smart city. On top of that he highlighted some of the projects within Digitalstadt Darmstadt strictly connected and often in the need of GNSS. He also mentioned the possibilities of the use of multi frequency or multi services to improve availability and accuracy of positioning services. Of course he also explained benefits, advantages and differences between the available GNSS services like GPS, Galileo and GLONAS. „The availability of low-cost dual-frequency Multi-GNSS chipsets opens a new age in stand-alone positioning for the mass market”, summarized Prof. Becker one of the results of his session. Like in the first session the audience created a few potential business applications right after his presentation in an elaborative open discussion.
Prof. Becker explains Potentials and Limitations for Smart Mobility (Foto: FabSpace)
The last session was all about Sentinel-2 the color vision of Copernicus, given by Bayzidul Islam. The keynote started with the brief introduction of the Sentinel-2 satellite and imagery. The presentation gave detailed information on the different level of available data provided by Sentinel-2 satellite, the technical details on the spectral bands, wavelengths, purposes and other image properties. The presentation also covered some use cases that developed by interplaying between visual, infrared and short wave bands. In the presentation Islam also told a story on how the Big Data generated by optical satellite Sentinel-2 imagery and other cutting age technologies like Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) are correlated with each other. The presentation demonstrated how Machine Learning algorithms like Deep Learning can be used to process petabytes of optical imagery to develop digital applications. In another part it was shown how Artificial Intelligence can enhance the usability of satellite imagery to make a better world for the sustainable future. It was also shown how we can use optical satellite Sentinel-2 imagery to develop system of a system which is the concept of Internet of Things (IoT). At the end of the day there were also open discussion with all participants to get to know better on those geospatial technologies.
Bayzidul Islam explains potentials of Sentinel 2 data (Photo: FabSpace)
Finally, the S3 Workshop revealed a couple of interesting challenges that might be tackled in future FabSpace events. If you want to learn more about it, just get in contact with FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt staffs. The team is also looking forward to the next S3 Workshop with a focus on other fields of application.
After more than 24 hours of working on the scenario “how to improve the air quality in urban cities”, two teams of the BreezeCleanAir4City hackathon was developed two first innovative solutions and pitched those in front of the jury board. The FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt team organized a challenging hackathon in cooperation with the Breeze Technologies UG from Hamburg which is hosted by the Count+Care GmbH at the Schenck industry park with special support by the city of Darmstadt.
Participants and organization team of the BreezeCleanAir4City Hackathon
Starting with an introduction by Sascha Heising about the agenda for the upcoming hours, following Bayzidul Islam gave a live presentation on some insights into the satellite data to measure the air quality by the combination of satellite data and in-situ measurements. The kick-start was completed by the presentation undertaken by Robert Heinecke from Breeze Technologies UG, giving insights into the sensor, data, API and platform of Breeze Technologies. Last but not least, Antonio Jorba (Count+Care), who was the host of the event was warmly welcomed by everyone at the premises. Mr. Jorba and his team took care of the event venue, food, drinks and the facilities including IT infrastructure.
FabSpace Damstadt team member, Sascha Heising in the left and Bayzidul Islam in the right
The two teams tackle the challenge very differently and created meaningful solutions. While team “Winter” focused on a method how to interpolate satellite data to merge it with in-situ sensor data, the team “Summer” decided to develop an interactive demo game on how to avoid polluted zones in cities before going for a walk or jogging. “The hackathon was really all about coding, developing and at the end presenting a demo”, illustrates Sascha Heising from FabSpace. His colleague Bayzidul Islam adds, “this time we didn’t want to have pure ideation and business oriented pitches but a structured solution”. So, at the end it was a big success, achieved with passion and hard work.
Take a break for coffee and cake. The fruitful and stylish atmosphere during the Hackthon.
Antonio Jorba from Count+Care summarized: “The creative atmosphere, the results and the involved hackers did absolutely a great job”,. “The event format was unknown to us and we wanted to test what we can achieve from it”, also added by Mr. Jorba. As a direct positive impression, Count+Care also decided to thankfully double the 1st prize, so now two participants will fly to EcoApForum in Sofia, Bulgaria in February 2018. On top of that, Mr. Jorba underlined his willingness to continue the relationship with a second event later in 2018. Additionally, all participants qualified for the upcoming FabSpace 2.0 Bootcamp for their further development in the journey of entrepreneurship.
Robert Heinecke from Breeze Technologies UG during his presentation
The linkage of the growing startup Breeze Technologies UG with Count+Care GmbH was also seen as a great success from the both parties. “We’re looking forward to deepen the relationship with FabSpace 2.0 and Count+Care, with a special focus on the LoRAWAN network in Darmstadt”, tells Robert Heinecke, mentor of this event.
Two winners from two teams at the BreezeCleanAir4City Hackathon
At the end of the day, the FabSpace Darmstadt team received very good feedback for the event organization, agenda, venue and the atmosphere during the event from the participants and guests. The user feedback motivates us enough to take a step forward and start designing the next event and we are looking forward to host new enthusiasts.
After going through a selection process, the consortium and the European Advisory Board of FabSpace 2.0 selected 14 new FabSpaces to contribute in highlighting the achievement of European space programmes and thereby European space data and broadcast a standard to foster open innovation in Universities 2.0 and possibly develop new applications and services enabled by space related data.
The FabSpace 2.0 project announces its expansion with 14 new FabSpaces located in various countries worldwide. The new FabSpaces will help consolidate the FabSpace 2.0 project’s mission all over the world, disseminating the services and helping to address the needs of final users of Earth Observation and geodata-based applications.
A local University or Educational Institutions compose each new FabSpace. The new FabSpaces are opening at the beginning of 2018 and are joining the existing FabSpace 2.0 network. The new 14 FabSpaces are:
- Bordeaux FabSpace (France) - Bordeaux INP, NSEIRB-MATMECA School of Engineers, Talence;
- Brest FabSpace (France) - GIS Bretagne Télédétection (IMT Atlantique), InnovationBrest, Plouzané;
- Nice FabSpace (France) - Université Côte d'Azur Le Grand Château, Faculty of Sciences; SKEMA Business School Nice;
- Venezia FabSpace (Italy) - IE4ST – Istituto Europeo per lo Sviluppo Tecnologico, Venezia;
- Torino FabSpace (Italy) - Politecnico di Torino, ITHACA, Torino;
- L’Aquila FabSpace (Italy) - The Center of Excellence CETEMPS of the University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila;
- Pavia FabSpace (Italy) - Università Degli Studi di Pavia, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell’Informazione, Pavia;
- Prague FabSpace (Czech Republic) - Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Prague;
- Castellon de la Plana FabSpace (Spain) - Universitat Jaume I, Institute of New Imaging Techniques Castellon de la Plana;
- Vilnius FabSpace (Lithuania) - Vilnius University, Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences, Institute of Geosciences Vilnius
- Yerevan FabSpace (Armenia) - National Academy of Sciences of The Republic of Armemia, Institute For Informatics and Automation Problems, Yerevan;
- Yaoundé FabSpace (Cameroon) - EUREKA Geo, Institute de Formation Professionnelle Spécialisé dans les métiers de la Géomatique;
- Limassol FabSpace (Cyprus) - Cyprus University of Technology, Eratosthenes Research Center, Limassol;
- Noordwijk FabSpace (The Netherlands) - Space Solutions Foundation and Wageningen University and Research, Earth Informatics, Noordwijk.
Each FabSpace will offer a “Space Science Shop” service, that collects the needs and the societal challenges of external stakeholders (Civil Society Organisations, Public Authorities and Companies), linked to application domains of EO and satellite navigation uses (i.e., Agriculture and Forestry; Energy; Environment and resource efficiency; Intelligent Transport Systems; Smart cities; Health and well-being). The scope is to provide independent participatory research support in response to concerns experienced by external stakeholders, offering a demand-driven and bottom-up approach to the FabSpace facility and screening questions provided by these stakeholders.
The FabSpace 2.0 network is also organising activities such as Open Days, Innovation Events (e.g. Hackathons, Start-Up Weekends, App Camps), workshops and conferences, bootcamps and many other open events as part of the project. The new FabSpaces are welcome to replicate them in their country/region and participate to the FabSpace 2.0 European innovation events and contests. Additionally, they can participate in the bootcamps organized by the six initial FabSpaces.
“FabSpace 2.0 is a very innovative project, working at the intersection of different cultures and interests, with Universities, students, public administrations and industry. We are very glad to have 14 new FabSpaces as they represent an asset for the growth of our network and for the evolution of our collective thinking and capacities," said Marcello Maranesi from University of Rome Tor Vergata, leader of the FabSpace 2.0 network dissemination.
The international FabSpace 2.0 network will be launched at the beginning of 2019, and its legal status will be defined according to the results of the report on European and Non-European initiatives with which FabSpace 2.0 can create synergies. To this aim, existing initiatives, mainly in Europe, will be monitored and possible actions will be defined. Given the particular added value of Earth Observation data and Satellite Navigation services in countries with less ground infrastructures (i.e. developing countries) specific attention will also be given to the developing countries as much business markets are expected to grow. In the upcoming year, the project aims to extend the network to more countries worldwide.
Merck, ESA, FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt and SentinelHUB joined forces to launch the Space2Health Hackathon during the weekend of 7th and 8th of October. It was the first joined Hackathon of its kind but probably not the last one. The team of FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt was engaged as mentors during the event. Bayzidul Islam and Sascha Heising also worked as advisors for all geo related questions during the planning phase. Three exiting challenges where announced to tackle by the candidates.
- Use Earth observation and epidemiology data to model the spread of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
- Find ways to enable health tracking for the 3 billion people that live without internet access, in some of the world’s most remote areas.
- Work with real telemetry data from spacecrafts to find correlating patterns and resolve issues related to human healthcare.
After a welcome ceremony and a first introduction by Janik Weigel the attendees we’re told to select their challenges and form teams. By 20:00 in the evening the teams were able to use the infrastructure in Mercks Innovation Centre to work on their solutions. Various mentors from Merck, ESA and FabSpace where around to provide help and guidance if needed. Most of the teams worked the whole night before refreshing at the breakfast at 8:00 a.m. provided by Merck. Finally, all teams worked on their slides and pitches to get ready for their presentations in front of a cross industry expert jury board.
Have a look at the images of the event and also get inspired how a FabSpace 2.0 event can look like in the video above. Want to know, if you should also join an upcoming FabSpace 2.0 event? Check out the interview session in the video below.