Young Professionals' Program

Young Professionals’ Mixer

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 19:00 - 22:00
Location: TBD
IEEE student members: USD $10
Student non-members: USD $15
IEEE members: USD $20
Non-members: USD $30
Registration: Online

If you are a student, recent graduate, or young professional attending IGARSS 2023, don't miss out on the Young Professionals' Mixer sponsored by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society!

Join us for an evening of interactive and engaging experiences that bring together a diverse group of academics, graduate students, young professionals, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs. This is the perfect opportunity to mingle, network, and establish new connections.

Moreover, this event offers an outstanding platform for recruiters to connect with and discover promising talent in the field of geoscience and remote sensing.

Indulge in a free flow of drinks, Hors d’oeuvres, while you challenge yourself in a TRIVIA contest and enjoy other surprises!

However, please note that spots are limited, so we encourage you to reserve your spot now to secure your place at this unforgettable event. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us at We look forward to seeing you there!

YP Breakfast Lecture Series

Exploring the Applications of Remote Sensing Technology

Join us for an unforgettable breakfast lecture series focused on the practical applications of geoscience and remote sensing technology!

Our distinguished speakers will provide valuable insights and perspectives into real-world applications of this powerful technology.

Engage with fellow students, young professionals, and experts through interactive lectures, Q&A sessions, and networking opportunities - all while enjoying breakfast.

This event is open to all IGARSS attendees, regardless of age or professional status.

Whether you are seeking to explore different career paths or are interested in the latest advancements in remote sensing technology, our lectures offer practical knowledge and skills to help you advance in your field. Don't miss this chance to unlock the potential of remote sensing technology and create a positive impact on society.

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting event!


As places are limited, we kindly advise you to register at your earliest convenience to ensure your attendance at these breakfast lectures.

One-day lecture: USD 5
3 days lectures: USD 10

Breakfast Lecture 1
Date: Tuesday, 18 July 2023, 07:00 - 08:30
Location: TBD

“Cloud Practice, AI, Analytics, Data Visualization and Machine Learning”

Dr. Chris Mattmann, IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer (CTIO) at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

This lecture will focus on the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, cloud practice, data analytics and visualization, and machine learning. The lecture will also cover how NASA and JPL apply advanced technology in these fundamental topics to their missions.

Dr. Chris Mattmann is the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer and the Division Manager for the Artificial Intelligence, Analytics and Innovation Development Organization in the Information Technology and Solutions Directorate (ITSD) at NASA JPL. Dr. Mattmann is also JPL's first Principal Scientist in the area of Data Science.

He contributes to open source as a Director at the Apache Software Foundation where he was one of the initial contributors to Apache Nutch as a member of its project management committee, the predecessor to the Apache Hadoop project. Dr. Mattmann is the progenitor of the Apache Tika framework, the digital "babel fish" and de-facto content analysis and detection framework that exists.

Dr. Mattmann is the Director of the Information Retrieval & Data Science (IRDS) group at USC and Adjunct Associate Professor. He teaches graduate courses in Content Detection & Analysis & in Search Engines & Information Retrieval. Mattmann has materially contributed to the understanding of the Deep Web and Dark Web through the DARPA MEMEX project. Mattmann's work helped uncover the Panama Papers scandal.

Breakfast Lecture 2
Date: Wednesday, 19 July 2023, 07:00 - 08:30
Location: TBD


Dr. Robert Jarnot, Instrument Scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Digital electronics and analog to digital converters are key to many remote sensing devices hence they play a critical role in providing scientific data as well as determining the quality and the structure of the data.

This lecture will focus on the key aspects of spectrometers by an expert in the field Dr. Robert Jarnot who has been the key engineer for many NASA and JPL missions that have been launched into space.

Breakfast Lecture 3
Date: Thursday, 20 July 2023, 07:00 - 08:30
Location: TBD


Dr. Shannon Brown, Principal Technologist and supervisor of the Microwave Instrument Science group at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Radiometers have been a challenge to design them ultra-low noise, and ultra-stable for providing accurate and high-resolution data critical to scientific studies in many fields including atmospheric science, soil moisture, ocean salinity, and planetary observations.

This lecture will cover the fundamentals of passive receivers, challenges, and how to excel in the design, operation, and analysis of radiometers. Dr. Shannon Brown who is the lead of the Microwave Instrument Science Group at NASA JPL has played a key role in several successful NASA missions including but not limited to Juno Microwave Radiometer for Jupiter and the Compact Ocean Wind Vector Radiometer (COWVR) instrument currently operating on the International Space Station.

GeoPitch: Innovating for a Sustainable Future with Geoscience and Remote Sensing

Are you a young professional interested in tackling sustainability challenges using remote sensing technologies? If so, we have an exciting new competition for you! IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society is pleased to introduce the "GeoPitch: Innovating for a Sustainable Future with Remote Sensing" competition, designed to challenge participants to develop innovative and effective solutions to pressing environmental issues.

The competition will take place in an elevator pitch format, with participants having only one minute to capture the attention of judges with their innovative ideas. All students and young professionals attending IGARSS 2023 are eligible to participate.

The topics for proposed solutions can relate to deforestation and forest degradation, climate change, agriculture and food security, water resource management, natural disaster response and management, urbanization and land use change, and energy resource management. However, this list is not exhaustive - we welcome all innovative ideas related to leveraging remote sensing technologies to tackle sustainability challenges.

To enter, simply submit an abstract of 400-500 words that clearly describes the problem at hand, why it's important to tackle that problem, current practices used to solve the problem, the proposed solution, and how it aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Entries will be evaluated based on

  • The clarity and innovation of the idea
  • Relevance of proposed solution with sustainable development
  • Costeffectiveness and reproducibility of the proposed solution
  • Generalizability of the proposed solution from local to global level

After Phase I, 10 innovators will be selected to compete in the Phase II which will take place live at IGARSS 2023.

Three winners will be selected by the judging panelists based on the criterion mentioned above, and awarded cash money of 500$, 300$, and 200$ and certificates.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to showcase your innovative ideas to bring your solutions to life! Submit your abstracts by June 10, 2023, through this form.

If you have any questions about the competition, please send us an email at

Timeline of the competition

By June 10, 2023Abstract submission via Google Form for Phase I of the competition.
June 23, 2023Announcement of selected innovators for Phase II.
July 16-21, 2023GeoPitch live competition and announcement of the winners.