27th May 2003

 

EYES IN THE SKIES

 

A former research team leader in the Space Applications Institute at the European Union is due to give his inaugural lecture at the University of Lincoln next month.

 

Professor Graeme Wilkinson, the new Dean of the Faculty of Applied Computing Sciences will explain how satellites are now used routinely to monitor the Earth’s environment.

 

The lecture will also illustrate the kinds of technology involved, how it has evolved, and the kinds of applications used for monitoring global deforestation, improving crop monitoring, predicting impending volcanic eruptions, and regional planning.

 

Professor Wilkinson’s talk will be given at 6pm on Wednesday 4th June in the Jackson Lecture Theatre at the Brayford Pool Campus.

 

“The lecture illustrates the application of computer science and advanced space technology dealing with the world’s environmental problems,” says Professor Wilkinson.

 

“This is a new theme of research which I hope to develop in the Faculty of Applied Computing Sciences in the coming year or two.

 

“The lecture will be extensively illustrated with numerous images taken from space. There will also be a few video clips showing the satellites in operation.

 

“I suppose the aim of the lecture will be to let people know about the research and expertise of staff here at the university and also exciting new space technology with particular focus on environmental issues.”

 

A computer imaging expert with a PhD from Oxford University, Professor Wilkinson comes to Lincoln from Kingston University, where he was Head of the School of Computing and Information systems.

 

He used to work for the European Union in Italy, where he was a leader of a research team in the Space Applications Institute working on advanced computer methods for analysing satellite images, for improving the routine observation of the environment and also for monitoring European agriculture.

 

If you would like to attend this lecture, please contact Faith Cobaine on 01522 886626 or email fcobaine@lincoln.ac.uk.

 

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