RESTEC e-news #009 (Feb,2015)
In This Issue
- World 3D Topological Data Academic & Research Support Campaign
- RS Training Workshop in Kinshasa, DRC (further story)
- RESTEC supported JAXA’s ALOS-2 Training in Vietnam
- RESTEC supported JAXA’s ALOS-2 Training in Indonesia
- JAXA to Hold a Training for PALSAR Data Analysis (Last Call)
- Message from Coordinator
1. World 3D Topological Data Academic & Research Support Campaign
The academics and researchers making orders for ALOS World 3D (AW3D) – world Digital Elevation Model (DEM) in 5 meter resolution – by the end of March 2015, will be obtaining an EXTRA DATA as a sample dataset to enhance their research!
2. RS Training Workshop in Kinshasa, DRC (further story)
On 28th – 30th January 2015, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) held “MEXT-JAXA 1st Satellite Data Training Workshop in Africa” in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the collaboration with DRC government. RESTEC supported planning, coordinating, and organizing the training workshop.
read more at
3. RESTEC supported JAXA's ALOS-2 Training in Vietnam
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in the collaboration with Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) / Space Technology Institute (STI) held a training for ALOS-2 Satellite Data in Hanoi, Vietnam. The training was held on 3-5 February 2015 and 35 participants from 13 organizations in Vietnam joined the training. RESTEC supported planning, coordinating, and organizing the training.
4. RESTEC supported JAXA's ALOS-2 Training in Indonesia
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in the collaboration with National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN)held a training for ALOS-2 Satellite Data in Jakarta, Indonesia. The training was held on 10-12 February 2015 and 36 participants from 12 organizations in Indonesia joined the training. RESTEC supported planning, coordinating, and organizing the training.
More stories are available at LAPAN’s website (only Indonesian) at
5. JAXA to Hold a Training for PALSAR Data Analysis (Last Call)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) / Earth Observation Research Center (EORC) will hold a free training course on PALSAR data analysis on 25th and 26th March 2015 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. The agenda is already availabe on the web.
For more information and application, visit
6. Message from Coordinator
Column 8. Japanese Indian Curry (1984)
During a two-months remote sensing training, we always went to Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko for Ground Truth in Golden Week Holidays at the beginning of May. When we were discussing a travel plan, a lecturer suggested that we cook beef curry for lunch at the campsite of Lake Yamanakako for the first time in our training. I bought all the ingredients the day before and packed them in a microbus.
As anticipated, we were trapped in a traffic jam on the way, which was common at this time of the year. Naturally, we all were bored in a car. The lecturer suddenly declared, “Let’s start preparing the vegetables, because I have nothing to do now!”, and began peeling potatoes and onions with a kitchen knife he carried. The three female participants from Argentina, Brazil and Indonesia that were busy chatting asked, “Shall we help you?” and joined him. Thanks to the collaboration, ingredients were completely ready for cooking and the small bus was filled with the smell of the onions before we arrived at the campsite. I think that no trainees had imagined that he would burn firewood in Japan and chop onions with tears. At last, Dr. Ahmed from Pakistan and Mr. Rao from India volunteered to be cooks and sat side by side in front of the fire to stir-fry meat to cook real Indian curry instead of my Japanese-style one.
All of us enjoyed outdoor cooking in a friendly atmosphere with a glass of local wine offered by the lecturer, and the curry cooked in a large pan was eaten up by 17 people, leaving faint smell of curry behind at the campsite in early summer.
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