A Message from the General Chairman

RAST 2005


Dear Author/Prospective participant of RAST 2005


I would like to express my sincere thanks for the interest you have shown in RAST 2005. Thanks to the support of the many prestigious organizations behind the conference, we were able to reach out to all parts of the world and as a result received a total of 254 abstracts. Please note that this number does not include those abstracts submitted for the special sessions. The review process is now completed and the acceptance e-mails have already been sent.


The abstracts received were all of a high quality but due to the shortage of meeting rooms, we had to limit the number of accepted papers for regular oral presentations to 150. Additionally we have scheduled another 25 papers into the interactive (poster) sessions during which the authors will find the opportunity to display their work, perhaps in more detail by using a variety of presentation formats.


In addition to the normal paper sessions, there will be 7 special sessions, the titles, the organizers and the number of papers of which are given below.


1.  Energy from Space and Related Space Environmental Issues, organized by: Hiroshi Matsumoto and Umran Inan, Kyoto University, JAPAN, Stanford University, USA, No of Papers: 7

2.  Postgraduate Space Education, organized by: Chris Welch, Kingston University, UK, No of Papers: 5

3.  Remote Sensing-I Theory, organized by: Orhan ALTAN, İTÜ, ISPRS, No of Papers: 3

4.  Remote Sensing-II Applications, organized by: Orhan ALTAN, İTÜ, ISPRS, No of Papers: 3

5.  Student Satellite Projects, organized by: Lars Alminde, Aalborg University, Denmark, No of Papers: 6

6.  Latest developments in forest fire risk management using EO and communication satellites: A complete approach including services, science, operational tools, provider centres, and customized user-end information systems, organized by: Luis Jimenez-Tunon and Jesus Gonzalo, INSA, No of Papers: 5

7.  Space Propulsion and Energy From Space, organized by: Iskender Gokalp, CNRS, France, No of Papers:7.


Therefore a total of 36 papers will be presented during special sessions.


The confirmed plenary speakers of the conference are:

            Ghassem Asrar (NASA, USA)

            Mark Garneau (CSA, Canada)

            Gilbert L. Rochon and J.Paul Robinson (Purdue Univ., USA)


As can be seen from above, RAST 2005 is going to be a very successful conference from a technical point of view. However, I am of the opinion that a secondary goal of any conference should be to create a congenial atmosphere that induces a close interaction between the participants for exchanging ideas and establishing life-long friendships. With this goal in mind, we are putting together a strong social program that both the participants and the spouses will enjoy. Please therefore do make your plans now for traveling to Istanbul, not hesitating to get in touch with us for any personal requests that you may have.


Thanking you once again for your contribution to the success of RAST 2005, I look forward to welcoming you in Istanbul.


With my best regards.



Dr. Col. Sefer Kurnaz

General Chair