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The H2020-MSCA-IF project MCAPEFA (Low-cost multispectral camera for Precision Farming Application) has started at Remote Sensing Laboratory of the University of Trento (RSLab UniTrento). The project’s aim is to improve the adoption of precision farming in small farms by developing multispectral camera.

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European Space Agency has selected in the past weeks the EnVision mission to Venus as the M5 mission of the Comsic Vision programme. RSLab has the leadership of the Subsurface Radar Sounder (SRS) for Envision.                                                                                                                                                                                   

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Prof. Lorenzo Bruzzone  is ranked 3rd at Italian level and 393rd worldwide in the Guide2Research Top Scientists Ranking  in the field of Computer Science and Electronics. He leads in the ranking the Univeristy of Trento, contributing to the third place in Italy (97th worldwide) of the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science in the Research University Ranking. This has been pointed out by  local media.

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The development of the JUICE mission (for which RSLab has the responsibility of the RIME instrument) is progressing fast despite the pandemic situation. This video shows the arrival of the spacecraft at ESTEC for the start of the one year long testing campaing.

On Thursday May 6, Elena Donini succesfully defended her PhD Theses on “Advanced methods for simulation-based performance assessment and analysis of radar sounder data”.

The committee awarded her the PhD in Information and Communication Technology cum laude.
The defense was done in virtual mode due to the restriction related to Coronavirus.
Congratulations to Elena!

Sudipan Saha recieved the “FBK Best PhD Student Award 2020”. The FBK Best Student Award is a prestigious recognition awarded each year to the student with the most outstanding achievements. The price was awarded during the FBK PhD day by Bernando Magnini, Director of the FBK International PhD Program, with the citation “For the excellent scientific contribution in the field of remote sensing. Specifically for the innovative use of deep learning applied to the analysis of multitemporal images, which has significantly contributed to advance the state of the art in the field.”

A figure from “Change Detection in VHR SAR Images via Unsupervised Deep Transcoding” by S. Saha, F. Bovolo, L. Bruzzone has been selected for the cover of the March 2021 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.
The cover illustrates building change detection in Very High Resolution (VHR) Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images using unsupervised deep transcoding. The images are corresponding to an area around the Department of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento, Trento, Italy. New buildings of varied sizes were built up in the site between 2011 and 2013/2014, which can be seen in (a) Pre-change (2011) and (b) Post-change (2014) optical images. RGB multitemporal composition of spotlight TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X images (R: April, 2013; G: January, 2011; and B: April, 2013) is shown in (c). Changed buildings detected by an existing method is shown in (d). Results obtained by the unsupervised deep transcoding based method are shown in the bottom row: (e) Increase and decrease of deep feature space and (f) Detected changed buildings. For more information please refer to the manuscript.

Daniele Marinelli received the award for the Best Italian PhD Theses on Geoscience and Remote Sensing by the Italian Chapter of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.

The award was presented to the best three PhD Theses defended in the period January 2019 – April 2020. The title of the PhD Thesis is  “Advanced Methods for Change Detection in LiDAR Data and Hyperspectral Images” (supervisor : Prof. L. Bruzzone),

The EnVision Phase A study assessment study has been concluded and the related report, also known as the “yellow book”,  has been prepared by the EnVision Science, Instruments and ESA Teams. It gives a complete description of the EnVision mission to Venus at the end of the phase A from a scientific, technical and operational points of view. It also reflects the (hard) work of tens of people across Europe and in the US in the last 3 years, and show what can be achieved when combining the best of science and engineering worlds.

EnVision Science Study Team Meetign #6 / Payload Instrument & Experiment Leads, Paris Observatory Library Hall, Feb 10-11 2020. Left to right: Pascal Rosenblatt, Jörn Helbert, Doris Breuer, Colin Wilson, Véronique Ansan, Francesca Bovolo, Caroline Dumoulin, Arno Wielders, Lorenzo Bruzzone, Séverine Robert, Dmitri Titov, Ann Carine Vandaele, Björn Grieger, Jens Romstedt, Thomas Widemann, Jayne Lefort, Thomas Voirin, Benjamin Lustrement, Luigi Colangeli, Emmanuel Marcq, Goro Komatsu, Richard Ghail, Walter Kiefer, Ana Rugina, Scott Hensley, Gabriel Guignan.

RSLab is deeply involved in EnVision as Lorenzo Bruzzone is the Lead for the Sub-surface Radar Sounder (SRS) instrument and Francesca Bovolo is a member of the ESA Science Study Team. Moreover many RSLab members have cotributed to the Phase A study of the SRS instrument.

The yellow book will be the basis for an independent scientific evaluation of the mission which is just starting – in parallel the EnVision study has also entered an extensive review by ESA (called the “Mission Selection Review”) to confirm its technical and programmatic feasibility.

The outcomes of these two parallel processes (scientific assessment and mission selection review) will feed the decision by ESA in June 2021 on the next Medium-class mission (“M5”) within ESA’s Cosmic Vision science programme , among the two remaining candidates : Theseus and EnVision.

Despite this complex situation, RSLab achieved important research results in 2020 on both Earth Observation and Planetary Exploration and the related topics. Some relevant numbers are as follows:

•  24 papers published on peer-reviewed international journals
•  19 papers accepted on peer-reviewed journal (in press in 2021)
•  4000+ (Source: Google Scholar) / 2900+ (Source: Scopus) citations in 2020
•  4 projects running with the role of Principal Investigator
•  3 projects running with the role of partner
•  Top positions of the Lab in international ranking of research
•  5 international/national awards
•  4 graduated PhD students
•  Many public outreach activities (newspaper and magazine interviews,
public presentations, etc.)

The figure reports the cloud of words built with the titles of the 2020 journal papers.