• Speakers

    Guest Speaker

    Executive Director
    Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD)
    Department of Science and Technology

    About the Speaker: Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara is a well-respected engineer and educator, and specializes in speech and audio signal processing, time-frequency analysis and synthesis, and artificial intelligence. As an educator for more than 28 years, Dr. Guevara began as an instructor and is currently a professor at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (EEEI), University of the Philippines Diliman. From 2004 to 2010, she served as Dean of the UP Diliman – College of Engineering and was Executive Director of the UP National Engineering Center. From April 2007 to July 2010, Dr. Guevara was the program leader of the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) of the DOST. The ERDT Project, which is being implemented through a consortium of eight universities in the Philippines, aims to upgrade the qualifications of local engineers and to increase the number of MS and PhD graduates in Engineering. Additionally, Dr. Guevara has been the recipient of several awards in engineering and education, including the 2010 Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers of the Philippines for the higher education category. As the Executive Director of DOST-PCIEERD, Dr. Guevara is responsible for leading one of three sectoral planning councils of the DOST. DOST-PCIEERD is the lead agency for the planning, promotion and management of scientific and technological research for the industry, energy and emerging technology sectors. (Cited from PCIEERD’s website; Photo from DOST Website)


    Plenary Speakers


    bantayan_nathanielDR. NATHANIEL C. BANTAYAN
    Associate Professor
    Institute of Renewable Natural Resources
    College of Forestry and Natural Resources
    University of the Philippines
    Los Banos, Laguna, The Philippines

    Title of Talk:  Sustaining Philippine forest science and practice: the role of geomatics

    About the speaker: Dr. Nathaniel Bantayan is a recognized scientist in the applications of GIS and remote sensing in forestry and natural resources assessment and monitoring. In 2003, he was awarded by the Philippines’ NationalAcademy of Science and Technology as an OUTSTANDING YOUNG SCIENTIST in recognition of his significant work in the field of Forestry Engineering, specifically in the development of tools and techniques in managing and visualizing environmental and natural resources data and information through the use geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies. In 1996, Dr. Bantayan received his PhD degree in Forestry Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia. In 1990, he obtained his MSc degree in Tropical and Applied Silviculture (Forestry Ergonomics)  from the Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Dr. Bantayan is an alumnus of UP Los Banos where he took his BSc degree in Forestry in 1984.

    180px-Dr_laura_davidDR. LAURA T. DAVID
    The Marine Science Institute
    University of the Philippines
    Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, The Philippines

    About the speaker: Dr. Laura T. David is an expert in optical oceanography. She earned her doctorate degree in Marine Science (Physical Oceanography) from University of South Carolina, U.S.A. For the last eight years, Dr. David has been focusing for the advancement of Optical Oceanography in the Philippines. Her work in optical oceanography was internationally recognized when she was invited to be part of the global assessment of the next sites to be endorsed to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. She was also nominated and appointed to be one of the 20-man international team comprising the IOC-GOOS (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission – Global Ocean Observing System) Coastal Ocean Observations Panel. In 2011, Dr. David received the UNESCO | L’Oreal First Women in Science (FWIS) National Fellowship grant for her research proposal in Endeavoring for Wise Mariculture. The project aims to study the different regions in the Philippines vis-à-vis their physical characteristics to evaluate the appropriateness of each site as a mariculture park.Dr. David says that studies have shown potential impacts of climate change to critical marine habitats and fisheries. She adds, “Combined with the burgeoning population, this poses a grave threat to food security of the country. Mariculture offers a pragmatic solution. Her current projects are Ocean Color for Sustainable Fisheries and Knowledge-Based Decision Support System Application to Lingayen Gulf since her research focuses mainly on the Coastal and shallow water oceanography. These projects aims to contribute to the knowledge that addresses the country’s issues on food security and resource sustainability. At present,  Dr. David is the Deputy Director for Instruction at the UP MSI in addition to being the head of the Ocean Color and Coastal Oceanography Laboratory. (Cited from [1], [2]; Photo from [1])


    Associate Professor
    Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation
    University of Twente
    Enschede, The Netherlands

    Title of Talk:  Assessment of sustainable forest management using RS/GIS, VHR satellite images and airborne Lidar data

    About the speaker: Dr. Yousif Ali Hussin was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1954. He received a BSc degree in Forestry Sciences from the Mosul University, Iraq in 1976. He received an MSc degree in Forestry (Remote Sensing) from Mosul University in 1979, and worked as the lecturer of remote sensing in the Department of Forestry at Mosul University between 1980 and 1985. Between 1986 and 1990 worked as graduate research assistant at Colorado State University on the Shuttle Imaging Radar-B images Research Project, which was funded by NASA through JPL. In 1990 he received his PhD degree in Forest Sciences (Remote Sensing and GIS) from Colorado State University. Between 1990 and 1991 worked as Research Associate at Colorado State University. Since June 1991 he is Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor of Remote Sensing and GIS at the Department of Natural Resources of Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation ITC, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Current research interest is the application of microwave and optical satellite data in monitoring tropical deforestation and forest degradation. More specific research interest: SAR and Optical images application in forest and land cover types; RS/GIS applications to detect, monitor and model deforestation and forest degradation; RS/GIS applications to detect, monitor and model forest fire, RS/GIS applications to mangrove and other coastal forest cover types; Remotely Sensed image classification and image transformation for forest and land cover types mapping; Assessment and modeling sequestrated/emitted carbon from healthy/burnt forest using geo-information.

    andynelson_irri_jpgDR. ANDREW NELSON
    Senior Scientist, Geographer and head of the Geographic Information Science Laboratory
    International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
    Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines

    Title of Talk:  Towards a national rice monitoring system for the Philippines: Progress and challenges for upscaling from research projects to operational systems

    (Click here to read the abstract of Dr. Nelson’s talk)

    About the speaker: Dr. Andrew Nelson is a GIS expert with a PhD in Geography obtained from the University of Leeds, UK. He specialises in the development and coordination of spatial research projects for natural resource management from global to local scales. During the last 16 years he has worked in several countries for international, multi-disciplinary research institutes such as IRRI, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, the World Bank, CIAT, UNEP and FAO. His research covers a broad range of development and environmental topics that require innovative spatial solutions, including; integrated modelling of environmental and socio-economic issues, environmental alert systems, access to markets, population modelling, poverty mapping and protected area monitoring. Dr. Nelson has contributed to 50 publications, with his recent work featured in Science, New Scientist and The Economist. At IRRI, Dr. Nelson leads the GIS group that develops spatial information on rice production across Asia in order to map rice areas, their cropping patterns and the frequency of flood and drought events. His team is developing methods for the continental scale mapping of rice producing areas including remote sensing processing chains for the semi automatic mapping of rice production areas at high temporal frequency and medium spatial resolution.  In collaboration with PhilRice and sarmap, they work with high resolution radar data for the accurate assessment of rice acreage and (trans)planting dates in the Philippines.


    Associate Professor
    Department of Geodetic Engineering, College of Engineering
    University of the Philippines
    Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, The Philippines

    Title of Talk:  Integrated airborne LIDAR and Hyperspectral  sensing for agricultural and forest applications – early results and prospects and potentials for sustainable resource management

    About the speaker: Dr. Enrico C. Paringit received his Doctor of Engineering degree from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2003, and his MS degree in Remote Sensing (1999) and BS degree in Geodetic Engineering (1997), both from UP Diliman. His research interests include satellite-based positioning systems, remote sensing, biophysical modeling applications and environmental optics to coastal zone and watershed monitoring and modeling. In 2012, the UP College of Engineering and the UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (UPERDFI) awarded him as Outstanding Engineering Researcher for his outstanding achievements. Presently, Dr. Paringit heads a Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-funded program called DREAM – Disaster Risk Exposure Assessment Mitigation which aims to acquire spatial data or geographic information of 18 major river basins of the Philippines which is at least one third of the country’s total land area using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology.  The data acquired will be used to develop flood hazard models that would produce detailed and updated flood hazard maps for critical river systems. Dr. Paringit and his team of researchers are also utilizing the LiDAR data in detailed natural resource mapping.

    Assistant Professor
    Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM)
    University of the Philippines
    Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, The Philippines

    Title of Talk:  Interannual variations in Philippine agriculture and forestry under changing climate

    (Click here to read the abstract of Dr.Perez’ talk)

    About the speaker: Dr. Gay Jane Perez is both a physicist and a remote sensing scientist. She teaches Satellite Remote Sensing and Techniques, and Applications of Remote Sensing to Environmental Science at the UP IESM. She obtained her BS degree in Applied Physics, and MS and PhD degrees in Physics from the National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman in 2003, 2005 and 2009, respectively. She is also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Maryland, USA. During her PhD years, Dr. Perez was a recipient of several awards that include the Dean’s medallion for excellence in PhD studies, and Most Outstanding PhD graduate in Physics. Dr. Perez has published her researches in several ISI-indexed international journals, and has presented in international conferences. Most recently, she received the Young Authors Award during the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) 2012 Congress in Melbourne, Australia for her high-quality paper “Observed Changes and Vulnerability of Philippine Forestry and Agriculture”. Dr. Perez is the current President of the Philippine Remote Sensing Society, and Secretary General of the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas.