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Turkish delegation completes Remote Sensing Training by MEXT

2017-02-23

On February 18, 2017, a delegation from Turkey completed 1 week training program, which was co-hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan (MEXT) and the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Turkey. RESTEC arranged the training program based on the requests from Turkey and the previous training course in 2016.

The program included 5 days of lectures on advanced SAR technologies (processing, Interferometry and Polarimetry) and their applications in the areas of agriculture, forestry, and natural disasters at RESTEC in Tokyo. RESTEC also arranged a facility tour to the Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on the last day.

In addition to the experts of RESTEC, Professor Shimada from Tokyo Denki University (TDU) was invited as a special lecturer. He gave a lecture on SAR Interferometry (InSAR) and the trainees learned about InSAR analysis by the software “SigmaSAR” developed by himself.

Having discussed with the Turkish delegation about the possibility of further collaboration between Japan and Turkey, RESTEC invited some private companies which manufacture remote sensing sensors and satellites, as well as the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) to introduce an international joint research framework.

Mr. Ali Baygeldi, the head of the Turkish delegation, expressed his gratitude to Japanese government and RESTEC, emphasizing the importance of collaboration between two friendly nations, Japan and Turkey. He made impressive speeches twice in Japanese language during opening and closing ceremonies and attracted Japanese participants.

The delegation was composed of 15 trainees from the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), TUBITAK-UZAY (Space Technologies Research Institute), TUBITSK-BILGEM (Informatics and Information Security Research Center), the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Istanbul Technical University, and three private companies – HAVELSAN, STM, and SDT.