Google Earth and other Internet-based services provide the public easy access to satellite/aerial images and other geographic information of different places around the world. Now our interest is “what comes next?”
In order to promote students and young scientists activities, the Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS) has organized a web contest, or WEBCON.
This year, WEBCON7 will be organized in New Delhi, India for the 37th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS2017). The main objective of the contest is to promote the development of web materials which may give us a future vision of the web, related to geo-information sciences. Students and young scientists under the age of 35 and have registered to conference can nominate their entries to WEBCON7.
Following are the rules to participate in WEBCON7:
Winners will be selected by a panel of members from AARS Council, ACRS Organizing Committee. The judges will evaluate the works according to the following criteria:
Your proposal (in Microsoft WORD or Acrobat PDF format) should include the name, affiliation, country, date of birth and E-mail address of every team member and the following items:
The first WEBCON waas held at the 32nd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2011) in China Taipei. Following the success of the first event, WEBCON was regularly organized as one of the major student activities in ACRS: WEBCON2 (2012) in Pattaya, Thailand, WEBCON3 (2013) in Bali, Indonesia, WEBCON4 (2014) in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, WEBCON5 (2015) in Quezon City, Philippines, and WEBCON6 (2016) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The WEBCON, on the Web Contest, was conceptualized by the Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS) in order to promote activities for students and young researchers. The primary objective of the contest was to develop innovative web materials that can provide a future vision of the web related to geo-information sciences. The WEBCON6 was held at Hotel Galadari, Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 19. 2016 as part of the student activities of the 37th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2016). A total of 17 entries were received from Sri Lanka, China Taipei, Japan and Philippines. During the session, only 14 out of the 17 entries presented and demonstrated their work. The WEBCON6 received the highest number of entries for the past 6 years since the inception of the competition.
The entries showcased various web-based geospatial applications for tourism, health, marine, agriculture and geology, to name a few. The Bronze Awards were granted to 2 teams, for the entries entitled, “Interactive Flood Risk Assessment and Forecasting Web App,”submitted by Edsel Matt Morales, Elbert Moyon and Jojene Santillan of Caraga State University (Philippines) and “Interactive Paper Map” by Ting-Chun Lin and Jhe-Syuan Lai of the National Central University (China Taipei). The Silver Prize was presented to Min-Lung Cheng, Hiroyuki Kawano and Takayuki Shinohara of Tokyo Institute of Technolog (Japan) for their entry entitled, “Interactive Paper Map.” The Gold Award was presented to “Smart Happy Farm,” an entry submitted by Hsin-Hsien and Hsuan-Chi Ho of National Central University (China Taipei). A special mention, WEBCON Special Citation Award, was granted to the team LRK Kahandagamage, AAA Chinthaka and Gayal Amaranath of the Centre for Research and Development of Sri Lanka for their outstanding presentation of their entry entitled, “Epidemic Survey and Tracking System.”
WEBCON continues to attract more and more participants every year in ACRS. With the progress in technology and the Internet, highly creative and state-of-the-art web applications have been received in the past years for the competition and a future of useful and excellent web application related to geo-information sciences can be expected from students and young researchers in the future.
The fifth Web Contest, WEBCON5, was successfully organized at the 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS2015) held in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on October 20, 2015. A total of eleven (11) entries were submitted to WEBCON5. The entries came from China Taipei, Japan and Philippines. Each team presented their entries briefly and were given 90 minutes to demonstrate the usefulness and efficiency of their web material. The prizes were won by following groups/persons and some photographs are shown below;
Gold Prize: Japan – Shibaura Institute of Technology (Tatsuya Yamamoto, Hiroki Ishida and Shido Tanaka) “Supporting summer vacation homework for Japanese elementary school students: Location-based automatic diary generation using geotagged photos”
Silver Prize: China-Taipei – National Central University (Jhe-Syuan Lai, Tzy-Shyuan Wu and Ting-Chun Lin). “Application of indoor environment visualization and modelling”
Bronze Prize: Philippines – Caraga State University (Jojene R. Santillan, Edsel Matt O. Morales and Meriam Makinano-Santillan). “Flood EViDENS: A web-based application for flood event visualization and damage estimations”.
The web material contest WEBCON4 was successfully organized at the 35th ACRS on 28 October, 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Total of Seven Teams were contested and around 50 participants attended this event. After a short oral presentation, each team had 90 minutes of free demonstration and interactive discussions. According to their performance, the WEBCON4 jury selected gold, silver and bronze awards. The Winners were announced and awarded at the Student Session organized in the afternoon of the same day. The prizes were won by following groups/persons and some photographs are shown below;
Gold Prize: Mr. Yi-Chen Chen and Mr. Jyun-Yuan Chen, China Taipei. “Building Model Retrieval System for Automatic City Modeling”
Silver Prize: Ms. Ting-Chun Lin and Ms. Tzy-Shyuan Wu, China Taipei. “Web-based Virtual Tour Guide Using Panoramas of Cultural Heritage Site at Kinmen”
Bronze Prize: Mr. Naoki Katayama, Japan. “3D visualization of livability and population using WebGL”.
The web material contest WEBCON3 was successfully organized at the venue of the 34th ACRS (Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel) on 22 October, 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. Thirteen groups and around 50 participants attended this event. After a short oral presentation, each team had 90 minutes of free demonstration and interactive discussions. According to their performance, the WEBCON3 jury selected two silver awards and one bronze award this year. The Winners were announced and awarded at the closing ceremony of the 34th ACRS on 24 October, 2013. There was no Gold winner at this occasion. The prizes were won by following groups/persons and some photographs are shown below;
Silver Prize: Jhe-Syuan Lai, Yi-Hsiu Cheng and Kai-Lun Shih, Taiwan. “3D GIS Applications based on Google Earth Enterprise System for the Community-based Disaster Prevention”
Chathura Hasanka Wickramasinghe, Mithra Mayadunne, Sri Lanka. “EDGE Disaster Management System”
Bronze Prize: Yao-Hsien Yeh and Guan-Yu Zhou, Taiwan. “Intelligent Change Detection Data-Searching and Analysis-Aiding System”.