Cebu, Southern Luzon researchers undergo training in DOST-ASTI
For an entire work week, researchers from Central Visayas and Southern Luzon visited DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) for a series of training facilitated by the agency’s Computing and Archiving Research Environment (COARE) and the Remote Sensing and Data Science (DATOS) Help Desk teams.
From April 29 to May 3, DOST-ASTI accommodated the technical and administrative staff of the following projects:
- Central Visayas Center for Environmental Informatics – CENVI (under the University of the Philippines Cebu)
- FireCheck: Urban Fire Hazard Mapping and Fire Spread Modeling (under the University of the Philippines Cebu)
- Establishment of Center for Hazard and Environmental Resource Mapping (CHERM) Project (under the Southern Luzon State University in cooperation with DOST Calabarzon)
Days 1 and 2 were allocated for basic High-Performance Computing (HPC) and OpenStack training. Jon Peter Perdon, Senior Science Research Specialist of COARE, facilitated these sessions, with assistance from system administrators Christian Matira (Science Research Specialist II) and Phines Helini Serrano (Science Research Specialist I), and researcher Aira Villapando (Science Research Specialist II).
Days 3 and 4 were dedicated to the Remote Sensing (RS), Geographic Information System (GIS), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques used by the DATOS Project. Roel Dela Cruz, Senior SRS, narrated the milestones of the DATOS Project’s ongoing research and DOST-ASTI’s spatial capabilities. Joey Ohmar Aranda (SRS II) followed with a discussion on the use of Radar, a key tool used for detecting objects and changes on the ground from space. John Keithley Difuntorum (SRS II) also gave a rundown on the AI applied to satellite images, which helps the project produce maps faster.
The three visiting projects also presented their RS- and GIS-related outputs and work plans. CENVI showed their environmental-related projects, such as biodiversity spatial information studies and water source mapping and assessment; FireCheck explained their fire hazard mapping and fire spread modelling project; and CHERM presented their planned research and mapping of coconuts in the region.
This sharing and capacity-building was done to stimulate collaborative research efforts between the DOST-ASTI and SUCs from different regions. The training was also envisioned to bridge the geospatial initiatives of various institutions and organizations nationwide.