Remote Sensing Specialty Group Student Honors Paper Competition

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Remote Sensing Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 10:20 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 29
Organizers: Qiuyan Yu
Chairs: Qiuyan Yu


The Remote Sensing Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Students Honors Paper Competition. Students from all academic levels are invited to submit original research papers on all topics that advance the field of remote sensing and GIS. Students selected as finalists will be placed in a special paper session at the Annual Meeting to be held virtually on April 7-11, 2021.

Paper Information
We encourage papers on innovative remote sensing and GIS methods, concepts, theories as well as applications. Research must have been completed within the past academic year as part of the applicant's undergraduate or graduate studies and can include thesis/dissertation topics. The applicant must still be a student at the time of presentation. While papers may include co-authors, the applicant must be primarily responsible for the research presented.

Important Dates
December 15, 2020: deadline for submitting extended abstract (different than the regular AAG abstract, instructions below).
February 28, 2021: deadline for submitting the full paper.

Extended Abstract Guidelines
The extended abstract will be used to determine up to 10 competition finalists. Please follow the guidelines below when preparing extended abstracts:
o Title, author(s) names, and contact information of the author(s)
o 400-800 words in length
o Summarize the primary objective, methodology, results, and conclusions of the study
o Include references and citations. Words used in reference list do not count toward the word count for the extended abstract.
o Include an additional single page of 1-2 figures, if necessary
o Submit abstract as a *.pdf format document

Paper Guidelines and Structures
Selected finalists will be required to submit one digital copy of their completed papers in Microsoft Word format, which must be prepared in accordance with the format of the PE&RS Journal. Manuscript guidelines for PE&RS can be found on the ASPRS website ( The length of the papers MUST NOT EXCEED 27 pages including tables and figures. There will be strict enforcement of the page limit and formatting requirements of the papers (i.e. double-spaced text, 1.25" margins and 11/12-point font). The deadline for completed paper submission is February 28, 2021.

Extended abstracts and written papers will be evaluated by the RSSG judge committee on contribution to the field of remote sensing and GIS, originality, research design, organization, and overall quality of the written composition. The oral presentation of papers will be evaluated on professional delivery, organization, clarity, visual aids, and overall presentation quality. Evaluation will take into account the academic level of the applicants.

First, second, and third place awards will be determined following the competition sessions. The prizes are:
o First place-$500 + a Publication Voucher from MDPI Remote Sensing
o Second place-$250 + a Publication Voucher from MDPI Remote Sensing
o Third place-$100 + a Publication Voucher from MDPI Remote Sensing
An undergraduate award may also be made to an outstanding undergraduate researcher. The committee reserves the right to not offer such prizes if the papers are not of appropriate quality.

Students who are interested should electronically submit the following to the RSSG Student Co-Director Dr. Qiuyan Yu (
o Extended abstract (due December 15, 2020).
o A copy of the email receipt received from the AAG online abstract submission process (which includes the PIN).
o The advisor's form (
o Full finished paper (due February 28, 2021).


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Rowan Converse*, University of New Mexico, Assessing drought vegetation dynamics at the landscape scale in semiarid grass- and shrubland using MESMA 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Qi Dong*, Beijing Normal University, Xuehong Chen, Beijing Normal University, Jin Chen, Beijing Normal University, Dameng Yin, Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences/Key Laboratory of Crop Physiology and Ecology, Ministry of Agriculture, Chishan Zhang, Beijing Normal University, Fei Xu, Division Forest, Nature and Landscape, KU Leuven, Correction of area estimates derived from subpixel mapping: a two-term method (TTM) 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Yi Bai*, , A fast and robust method for plant quantity estimation in sunflower and maize at different seedling stages using high-resolution UAV RGB imagery 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Minghan Cheng*, Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Xiuliang Jin, Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Using Multi-Source Remote Sensing Data and Machine Learning Algorithms to Predict Maize Yield in China 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Shuaibing Liu*, , Estimation of maize leaf area index using UAV multimodal data and deep neural network 20 9:20 AM
Presenter Yilun Zhao*, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain, Chunyuan Diao, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Monitoring phenology of deciduous forest community and individuals with multiple satellites 20 9:40 AM
Presenter Yuean Qiu*, Beijing Normal University, Junxiong Zhou, Beijing Normal University, Jin Chen, Beijing Normal University, Xuehong Chen, Beijing Normal University, A Spatiotemporal fusion method to Simultaneously generate Full-length normalized difference vegetation Index Time series 20 10:00 AM

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