IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Bangalore Section


Two-day Online Workshop on SAR Data Analysis and Applications (SAR-2022) in December 2022

We are glad to inform you that the IEEE GRSS Bangalore Section, MIT-Manipal IEEE GRSS Student Branch Chapter, and Dept of Mechatronics, MIT Manipal, with supported from IEEE Student Branch Manipal and IEEE Mangalore Subsection, are jointly organizing a two-day online winter workshop on “Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Data Analysis and Applications” (SAR-2022) during December 09-10, 2022.

Important Information:

  • Registration Link:
  • Last Date for Registration: December 08, 2022
  • Flyer (pdf)
  • Eligibility Criteria: (a) Students at all levels (Ph.D./M.Tech./M.Sc./B.Tech.- 3rd Year); (b) Faculty members from academia; (c) Engineers and researchers from industry organizations including R&D laboratories.

Objectives of the workshop:

  • To give exposure to the fundamentals of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data analysis and applications.
  • To provide exposure to practical problems and their solutions through case studies.
  • To familiarize various tools employed for SAR data analysis.

Overview of the workshop:

Satellite imagery was made possible by remote sensing instruments by measuring the energy of the electromagnetic spectrum. Earth observation satellites use optical sensing devices to capture the energy in the visible, infrared, thermal, and microwave spectrum. However, these are passive sensors as they use the energy emitted from another source such as the sun. Synthetic Aperture Instruments are active sensors, which they emit the energy towards earth and measure the energy reflected from the earth’s surface. These use radar technology to sense microwave and radio portion of the spectrum. SAR provides the details about the surface of the Earth such as buildings, trees, mountains, lakes, etc. It provides the topography of the Earth.

SAR satellites operate day and night as they don’t depend on Sun’s energy to collect the surface data. In addition, they can penetrate through clouds to obtain the surface underneath, allowing satellites to have complete view of Earth regardless of atmospheric or lighting conditions. SAR can capture the images in spite of smoke, vegetation, snow, sand, cloud etc. Hence, SAR is very useful imagery for scientists and policymakers to understand the environment. Also, these images aid in assessing the climate change, ecosystem loss, natural disasters. Few examples include agriculture (crop harvesting), Flood, Snow (wet or dry), Land displacement, Fires, Wetland information, Geohazards, Surveillance, Infrastructure, etc.
Many recent algorithms offer many potential applications in the field of remote sensing data processing and analysis. One such potential for effective and efficient classification of remotely sensed imagery. The strengths of recent algorithms include the capacity to handle data of high dimensionality and to map classes with very complex characteristics. Nevertheless, implementing recent algorithms for classification is not straightforward, and the literature provides conflicting advice regarding many key issues.
The proposed workshop provides exposure to Synthetic Aperture Radar data analysis, practical problems, and solutions through various case studies. In addition, participants are able to gain knowledge on tools that could be used to analyse the SAR images.


01December 09, 202210:00- 11:30Introduction and Application o SAR Data —
by Dr. Shashi Kumar, IIRS (ISRO) Dehradun
02December 09, 202211:30- 13:00Introduction and Application of SAR Polarimetry —
by Dr. Avik Bhattacharya, IIT Bombay
03December 10, 202209:30- 11:00Synthetic Aperture Radar Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Mapping and Monitoring —
Dr. Unmesh Khati, IIT Indore
04December 10, 202211:15- 12:45SAR for Landslide Mapping and Monitoring —
Dr. Tapas R. Martha, NRSC (ISRO), Hyderabad


Workshop CoordinatorsDr. Shilpa Suresh,
Faculty Advisor, IEEE GRSS, SBC MIT
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mechatronics
Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal
Ph: 9400423775

Dr. Asha CS,
Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechatronics
Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal
Supported byDr. Pallavi R Mane,
IEEE MIT Student Branch Counselor
Professor, Dept. of ECE
Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal

Dr. D V Kamath,
Professor and Head,
Dept. of Mechatronics
Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal
Student VolunteersMoogala Smrithika, Student Chair, MIT IEEE GRSS SB
Srijith Radhakrishnan, Vice Chair, MIT IEEE GRSS SB
Samarth Shankar, General Secretary, MIT IEEE GRSS SB
Deeksha Sabari, Joint Secretary, MIT IEEE GRSS SB
Nikhil Mohan, Joint Secretary, MIT IEEE GRSS SB
Babitha, Treasurer, MIT IEEE GRSS SB