Courses

Summer school: Earth Observation & GIS for Engineering and Security

The course will cover the fundamental aspects of land spatial modelling and combine aspects of Geographic information systems and remote observation simultaneously, with the support of an integral and intuitive software-free package.

Topics on Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • Gentle introduction to Geographic Information Systems: Modelling Earth reality
  • Representing reality: GIS and Data types.
  • Placing things on Earth: Coordinate systems and georeferencing
  • Managing and storing information
  • Databases and DMS Simple tabular information
  • Spatial and non-spatial data entry and manipulation
  • Spatial analysis with forms and images (vectors and rasters)
  • Data visualization and a glance to the interpolation functions

Topics on Remote Sensing

  • A glance to the Remote Sensing system: evolution and perspectives.
  • The physical foundation of Remote Sensing: the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Image interpretation: image bands, color coding and spectral reflectance relations
  • Image analysis, calibration, calculus and outputs.
  • Field Ground true data collection with mobile devices and Digital image classification.

Video

Tutorials

Powerful and free GIS and Remote Sensing tools for application.
Note: the examples and exercises will be oriented towards the use of spatial tools for human intervention in engineering and security.

Course syllabus & Schedule

You can check the course syllabus / daily schedule which will be updated regularly.

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Day
Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Lunch: Dutch olympics
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you'll do some typical Dutch games.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Band night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent!

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 17-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Practicals: Image processing and operations
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Theory: The Remote Sensing system and image acquisition
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 17-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

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Pubquiz
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 18-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 18-08

Have a breakfast first.

Free day
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 18-08

This is your day off. There is no CuriosU programme today but you can arrange your own city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Fieldwork: mobile GIS. Data collection and PC uploading
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 19-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspiration speaker over breakfast. 

Lunch: dancing
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a dancing workshop.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Movie night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Theory: Visual image interpretation and database construction
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 19-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

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Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Practicals: Introduction to GIS
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Lunch
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. This lunch hast two topics: "Graffiti art" and "hydrogen ice cream". Curious? Join the lunch :-)

Lean simulation game
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing a lean simulation game.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 13-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspiration speach!

Theory: The basics of GIS
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 13-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project.

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Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 20-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Closing ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2018 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Lunch
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

The GIS and EO of the future: Visit to ITC Faculty
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course and visit Faculty ITC.

Helping the world and having fun: The OSM mapping party
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 20-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day.

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Jogging & sightseeing campus
Time:15:00 - 21:00
Day:Sun. 12-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both! Jogging around campus will start 15:00 and 17:00


Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During the sightseeing activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide. Tours start at 16:00 and 21:00.

Meet your Buddy
Time:20:00 - 21:30
Day:Sun. 12-08

Meet your CuriousU buddy!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 12-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 12-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Breakfast & keynote: Parya Pasha Zade Monajjemih
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 14-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speaker Parya Pasha Zade Monajjemih over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. Parya Pasha ZadeMonajjemih. Parya Pasha Zadeh Monajjemi, a Geoinformatics engineer specialized in spatial data management and GIS analysis with a keen interest in geo-visual analysis of movement data for understanding human behavior in the context of modern cities.  

Practicals: Digitalization, attributes and styling
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course!

Lunch: Pinata & lab tours
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. During this lunch "we have piñata's and some sticks to smash them! Furthermore you can go an our famous (university) lab tour.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Beach volleyball party
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

Together with your team you can join the Beach volleyball tournament!

Theory: Data entry, management & visualization
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 14-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day.

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Dinner: BBQ buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

We serve you a fantastic BBQ!

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 21-08

Have a breakfast first.

Check-out
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 21-08

The last day: please check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm (online refund).

Breakfast & keynote: Stefan Kuhlmann
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 15-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Stefan Kuhlmann over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Practicals: Hands-on Spatial data analysis & map construction
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: happy as a child
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. During this lunch you can be a child again and hit each other with water pistols! A famous CuriousU event :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Escape rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

Play a games in our fascinating escape rooms!

Theory: Analysing spatial data & presenting results
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 15-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

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Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

We will serve buffet tonight!

Grolsch Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 16-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment @ Grolsch summer sounds

Practicals: georeferencing and geocoding of images
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Th. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Th. 16-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast. 

Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.During this lunch you'll get introduced to the programmes (MSc and BSc) that are being teached at the University of Twente. Furthermore we will have an expo with start-ups!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Th. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Theory: EO Electromagnetic radiation
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 16-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That will be a lecture on the topic.

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Dinner: Happy Italy
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 16-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Learning Outcomes

Participants assisting and participating of all activities, at the end of the course should be able to:

  • Understand and experience most of the components of a GIS and Remote Sensing system models.
  • Have an advance glossary on Earth Observation sciences allowing to understand more advance information or assist to middle to high ranked courses in specialized organization or courses.
  • Collect, input process and model reality in a GIS and Earth Observation software environment.
  • Visit, search and order high resolution free satellite imagery, followed by calibration and processing.
  • Organize and perform a data Ground true data collection campaign with portable hardware.
  • Read more about the learning objectives for every course session

Course Aim

The course intends to add a temporal and spatial dimension to the mostly static parameters used in the analysis of human interventions in the society. Understanding of the spatial relationships to give a sensible ground to decision and support systems. Here, you can find the detailed learning objectives of this course.

Course details

  • Entry level: no pre-knowledge in the science of GIS and Remote Sensing is needed.
  • Background: Participants might preferably have an engineering or any general Earth Science related background.
  • Target groups: any individual interests in any Earth science, engineering, spatial analysis related to the natural forces and human interventions in the society
  • Methods: The course consists of 7 days of active teaching, class experiences, practices and field experiences.
  • Course organization: Learning objectives are structured, linked and sequenced. The course will be fully supported with blending learning using the ELS Canvas Instructure.
  • Course additional value: Course compatible with the CORE of GIS and Remote Sensing offered at ITC Faculty at pre-master level.
  • Materials: All educational material and software is included and are for free.
  • Credits: 2 ECTS  after successfully completing the summer school.

COURSE LEADERs

Gabriel Parodi
Lecturer
Lucas de Oto MSc
Lecturer/Researcher at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation ITC
Diana Chavarro Rincon
Lecturer

Want to know more?

If you need to know more, we have information available about the fee & programme, an admission check, registration & payment, visa, accomodation and the terms & conditions.