OBIA for the operational Copernicus service challenge

Important Information

Due to the current and worldwide exceptional situation regarding the COVID-19 virus,  the format of the Summer School will be adapted into a remote event. Detailed information will be announced on this website in the next days.

For administrative reasons the following changes were decided regarding the participation to the summer school:

  • Extension of the registration deadline until April 26th, 2020
  • The Virtual Summer School will take place June 1st – July 10th
  • Training material (lectures and hands-on sessions) for self-learning will be provided online.
  • Additionally compulsory Videoconferences (at the beginning of the Summer School: Introduction and Clarification of organisational isues and at the end of the Summer School: Presentation of results of Group works) and Webinars are planned.
  • Registration fee: due to the current situation no registration fee for the Summer School itself applies, only registration fee for the GI_Forum 2020

We hope that through these measures, the registration and participation for our summer school will be facilitated in these uncertain times.

Further information on details will follow. In case of questions, don’t hesitate to contact us:

Barbara Riedler |
Stefanie Lettner |
Regina Hatheier-Stampfl |

OBIA for the operational Copernicus service challenge

Virtual Summer School | June 1 – July 10, 2020

The GEOBIA Summer School 2020 is organized by University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS) – UNIGIS, with support of  CopHub.AC and ESA.

With its primary goal to map, analyse, and monitor the dynamics of our globe, Earth observation (EO) applies a spatial lens and ‘images’ reality, by which quantifiable indicators and other objective information is provided for improved decision-making and status reporting.

Over the last two decades, object-based image analysis (OBIA) has become a key methodological enabler for various EO applications to analyse spatial phenomena on object level with an underlying conceptual model close to how we perceive and organise our world and its current challenges. For operational mapping tasks in the Copernicus service domain, OBIA evolved as a strategic methodological asset, which – in combination with other recent advances, e.g. in machine learning and CNN – has found its way in tender specifications. We are at the verge of hybrid solutions integrating knowledge-based and learning-based approaches.

Embedded in the GEOBIA 2020 event during the Salzburg GI Week the Summer School is organised within the public outreach and education activities of the CopHub.AC project aiming to sustain the Copernicus Academy as a knowledge and innovation platform. Additionally, the Summer School will consider key outcomes from the Erasmus+ Skills Alliance project EO4GEO with respect to new challenges in GI*EO education in due response to the disruptive changes occurring in the sector.

This Summer School will provide an overview on Copernicus, its data and services and a profound introduction and training in object-based image analysis (OBIA) with different software. Thematically it will cover two out of the three Copernicus-relevant topics: Land monitoring, Emergency response including Humanitarian action, and Climate change. During the application, a preference can be given which will be addressed by designing the programme. Thus it will specifically encourage participants from academia, industry, and public authorities at the interface between methodological development, service specification and provision of solutions.

Lectures by distinguished scholars and researchers are complemented by interactive hands-on and lab sessions, group work and a field trip that give students the opportunity to prepare for international work, obtain qualifications and experiences in Earth observation and remote sensing, and build strong inter-personal and team skills. Results of working groups will be presented in a special session at the GEOBIA Special track of the GI_Forum 2020.

Application closed

Target group: graduate students and young professionals / academics as well as public authorities.

Learning goals:

  • Knowledge of Copernicus program, data and services
  • Basics in remote sensing – theoretically and data handling
  • Understanding of concepts of Object-based image analyses (OBIA) and machine learning
  • Experience in working with eCognition and Orfeo toolbox
  • In-depth knowledge of one of the three Copernicus-relevant topics: Land monitoring, Emergency response including Humanitarian action, and Climate change through hands-on work and assignment

Participants: 25

Location: University of Salzburg, Austria | Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS

Date: June 1 – July 10, 2020

Credits: 3 ECTS

Registration fee 

For the Summer School itself no registration fee applies, but registration for the GI_Forum 2020  is compulsory, as final presentations will be held in this context. The registration fee of 60 € for the GI_Forum 2020 must be borne by the participants.

The participation to the summer school includes: online class training, course material in digital format, lectures, access to video conferences and webinars, student supervision, access to sample data and software throughout the course.

Application: Apply via the Application form.  A waiting list will be established if registration exceeds 25 participants.

Application Deadline: extended until April 26, 2020

Scientific coordination: Assoc-Prof Dr Stefan Lang, co-lead research group OBIA

Organisation and Contact:
Barbara Riedler |
Stefanie Lettner |
Regina Hatheier-Stampfl |

Privacy Notices relating to the use of Applicant Data.

For the purpose of an application to the Summer School Copernicus for Digital Earth 2019 processing of personal data by the University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS) and UNIGIS is required.
Therefore, as an applicant I consent processing the following personal data about me:

  • Personal Details: Family Name(s), First Name(s), Nationality, E-Mail-Address, and contact address;
  • other information provided in the application form.

An applicant has at any time the possibility to withdraw her/his consent by e-mail to (UNIGIS Office), Hellbrunnerstraße 34,
5020 Salzburg, Austria.

Personal data will be deleted 6 months after completion of the summer school.
Applicants are entitled to retrieve their ‘personal data’ at any time. Furthermore, they are entitled to have their ‘personal data’ rectified, deleted or to have the ‘restriction of processing’ limited.
If an applicants believes that we violate data protection regulations, she or he can complain to us or to a data protection authority (AT).

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The legal text is the German version. The English text is just a translation.

latest update: January 7, 2020