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TECHs 4 Change: Design for Social and Technological Innovation in Development

Starting form May 2019, the Politecnico di Torino offers a 2nd level Specializing Master's Programme in "TECHs 4 Change: Design for Social and Technological Innovation in Development", designed in response to the increasing awareness of Sustainable Development issues and its implications on a global scale.

International Cooperation

The LEXIS project has successfully kicked off

Ostrava, Czech Republic, 14th – 16th January 2019

ITHACA's ERDS system presented at Google's “Flood Forecasting Meets ML Workshop” in Tel Aviv

ITHACA's Extreme Rainfall Detection System was presented by Paola Mazzoglio during “Flood Forecasting Meets Machine 
Learning Workshop” organized by Google on 16/17 January 2019 in Tel Aviv (Israel).
The workshop outlined the state of the art of flood forecasting and precipitation measurement, highlighting strengths and weaknesses of currently adopted approaches.
Moreover, during the workshop some applications based on machine learning were presented.
Additional information on the workshop can be found here.
Click here to view or download our presentation.

Early Warning Systems, Event

TRIBUTE WORKSHOP 26th September 2018

ITHACA organized a one-day long workshop on 26 September 2018 with the participation of all project partners, plus some invited guests (stakeholders and people involved in activities with the same background of the project).

Event

Torino Mapping Party - Seconda edizione 19 ottobre 2018

Torino Mapping Party – Collaborative mapping for an accessible mobility  è un evento pubblico che coinvolge volontari, mappatori esperti o semplici cittadini nell'aggiornamento e integrazione delle mappe di OpenStreetMap, componente fondamentale di Muoversi a Torino, il servizio di calcolo percorso della Città di Torino che favorisce una mobilità più facile e accessibile nell’area urbana e metropolitana torinese.

L'evento è organizzato da 5T e ITHACA con il patrocinio della Città di Torino ed inserito nel programma di Torino Design of the City, dieci giorni di eventi, meeting, workshop, esposizioni e tour dedicati al design sul tema del patrimonio culturale e dell’accessibilità universale.

Dove e quando

Venerdì 19 ottobre 2018 ore 10.00 @ Sala Carpanini del Comune di Torino, Piazza Palazzo di Città 1, Torino.

Event

ITHACA staff Cristina Monaco’s article wins the first prize at the Premio Rassegna Economica 2017

On Friday 20th April 2018, SRM Maritime Economy Institute at the Assembly Hall in Banco di Napoli (Naples) presented the Seventh Edition of the call for papers for the “Rassegna Economica” international journal; for this event, researchers from both Italian and foreign universities are invited to participate in the competition for the publication of essays concerning one of the following strands of research: the Underground Economy in Italy and in the Southern Italy (“Mezzogiorno”) and The competitive features and the evolutionary dynamics of the Maritime Economy in the Mezzogiorno and in the rest of Italy.

Early Warning Systems, International Cooperation, Web Applications

ITHACA presented 2 contributions at EGU 2018 Assembly (Vienna, 9-13 April 2018)

Both contributions focus the attention on ITHACA’s involvement in the framework of the DG ECHO funded project TRIBUTE.

ITHACA diventa uno dei 4 FabSpace italiani

ITHACA diventa sede di uno dei quattro nuovi FabSpace italiani, inaugurati durante il workshop FabSpace2.0 presso il Centro per Innovazione e Gestione del Trasferimento Tecnologico dell’Università di Varsavia, Polonia. Con ITHACA, il sono stati selezionati il CETEMPS dell’Università dell’Aquila, il Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell’Informazione dell’Università di Pavia, e l’Istituto Europeo per lo Sviluppo Tecnologico di Venezia, che insieme ad altri dieci centri internazionali si vanno ad unire ai sei FabSpace esistenti, in Belgio, Francia, Grecia, Germania, Polonia, e Italia (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Informatica dell’Università Tor Vergata di Roma).

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ITHACA participated as invited speaker at the 7th Annual UN-SPIDER Conference in Beijing

The United Nations International Conference on Space-Based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – "Building Resilience through Integrated Applications" was held in Beijing, China from 23 to 25 October 2017 and counted about one hundred participants from 34 countries and eight regions.

Rapid Mapping

Wildfire in Val di Susa

A forest fire started on the 21st of October over the loans of the towns of Bussoleno and Caprie in Val di Susa. On the 24th of October the burnt area estimation was about 1000 hectares (source: La Stampa).

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ITHACA contributed to the Summer School 'Sentinel for Water Resources' organised by the Italian Remote Sensing Association

On Sept, 19th 2017 ITHACA held a training session on Emergency Mapping for Flood events in the framework of the Summer School 'Sentinel for Water Resources' organised by the Italian Remote Sensing Association

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Torino Mapping Party - 14 Ottobre 2017

Torino Mapping Party – Collaborative mapping for a better mobility è un evento pubblico che vuole coinvolgere mappatori esperti, cittadini e chiunque voglia partecipare e contribuire attivamente alle mappe OpenStreetMap utilizzate dal servizio di infomobilità Muoversi a Torino, il nuovo e innovativo servizio di calcolo percorso che favorisce una mobilità più facile e accessibile nell’area urbana e metropolitana torinese.
L'evento è organizzato da 5T e ITHACA con il patrocinio della Città di Torino ed inserito nel programma di Torino Design of the City, una settimana di incontri, esposizioni e workshop dedicati al design.

Dove e quando
Sabato 14 ottobre 2017 ore 9.00 @ Open Incet – Via Cigna 96/17, Torino

Che cos’è un mapping party?
Il mapping party è un evento in cui utenti esperti si riuniscono con utenti meno esperti, cittadini e chiunque voglia partecipare e contribuire allo spirito di condivisione della mappa e ottenere una conoscenza condivisa e ampia del territorio in cui si vive.
L’obiettivo del primo Torino Mapping Party è quello di coinvolgere i cittadini e chi vive la città a contribuire alle mappe OpenStreetMap utilizzate dal servizio di infomobilità Muoversi a Torino, con la raccolta e l’inserimento di dati e informazioni di pubblica utilità a beneficio di tutti coloro che vivono, lavorano o visitano Torino.
L’area oggetto di mappatura per questa prima edizione è il quartiere di Barriera di Milano.

Chi può partecipare?
La partecipazione è libera e gratuita fino ad un massimo di 40 partecipanti. Non è necessaria alcuna precedente esperienza con OpenStreetMap o con particolari tecniche di mappatura: i partecipanti più esperti potranno supportare quelli meno esperti.
Per maggiori informazioni, visita il sito www.muoversiatorino.it/mapping-party

Event, International Cooperation

SUMP Project Final Conference in Yangon, Myanmar

On Wednesday July 26th the SUMP Project turned to an end with its final conference, held at Main Hall of Yangon City Development Committee.
The SUMP project supported Yangon in improving public transportation by building institutional technical capacities, creating a stronger strategic planning capacity, facilitating access to appropriate technologies and encouraging community participation in public decision-making.
The conference had the aim to share the experience gathered during the two year implementation of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan project and to present its outcomes. It was attended by the secretary of Yangon City Development Committee, YCDC committee members, European Union Delegation, Italian Embassy and Italian Cooperation, Local Authorities (Township Administration, YCDC Township Administration), Traffic Police Force, Yangon Regional Transport Authority, Myanmar Railways, CBOs from project townships, Private Companies, media and other interested organizations working on Mobility and other Urban Developments.
In the final session of the conference participants, after having been informed about the activities implemented by the project, were able to debate with the Authorites about possible future pathways towards a more sustainable management of mobility in Yangon.
In a parallel event to the final conference, a “Mapping day” was implemented by SUMP project partners with the support of Phandeeyar and One Map. The topic was about uploading information on public transportation, street naming and public institutions to Open Street Map, a goal to be achieved with the support of voluntary mappers.

Event, International Cooperation

Institutional delegation from Yangon hosted at ITHACA in the framework of SUMP project

A delegation from Yangon, Myanmar, composed of 7 representatives led by Colonel Tin Aung Tun, Minister for Security & Border Affairs, visited its project partners in Torino in the week from May 22 to 26.

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EGU Assembly 2017 - Wien

Two ITHACA members attended the EGU assembly held in Wien from April 23rd to April 28th. Five contributions were presented, of which two were marked as highlights.

Rapid Mapping

Journal of Imaging - Special Issue "Imaging and Mapping the Earthquake in Italy" - Call for contributions

Journal of Imaging - Special Issue "Imaging and Mapping the Earthquake in Italy" - Call for contributions

International Cooperation

Geographical data management training in Yangon, Myanmar

ITHACA is part of the delegation currently visiting Yangon (Myanmar) in the framework of the EuopeAid project SUMP (Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning).

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GeoNode Summit 2016

From November 28th to December 2nd developers, stakeholders and decision makers met at the GeoNode Summit in Rome. The Summit was organized by the UN World Food Program (WFP) and meetings were held at their headquarters. More than 50 people came from all around the world to discuss the state of the GeoNode development, future releases, new features and present their projects.

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ITHACA's presence at international events on disaster management

It is a very busy September for ITHACA staff who is participating to various international events addressing the topics of disaster risk reduction and emergency management.

Rapid Mapping

Aerial imagery reveals the destruction from earthquake in Central Italy

On August 24th a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Central Italy. The most affected areas are Accumoli (near the earthquake epicentre), Amatrice, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto with nearly 300 people dead and hundreds injured.

Rapid Mapping

Ithaca contributed to a Review on "Global trends in Satellite-based Emergency Mapping" published on Science journal.

A Review on "Global trends in Satellite-based Emergency Mapping" was published on the Science journal special issue on Natural Hazard dated 15 July 2016 (URL: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6296/247, DOI: 10.1126/science.aad8728).

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ITHACA participated to the VIII Congress of the Italian Remote Sensing Association

ITHACA participated to the VIII Congress of the Italian Remote Sensing Association (AIT) held in Palermo from 22 to 24 June 2016.

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The italian TAST partecipated in a field exercise on the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

ITHACA participated in a field exercise on Civil Protection Modules within the framework of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, joining the Italian TAST (Technical Assistance Support Team) of the Regione Piemonte Civil Protection Sector.

The exercise (Trimodex exercise 3) was held in Weeze (Germany) from 26th to 29th of May 2016, where a deployment of an EUCP Team, TAST and USAR modules in a country hit by a hurricane with pre-existing issues related to refugees was realistically simulated, as you can see in this video.
This was a unique opportunity for Ithaca to better understand the information management requirements (especially in terms of mapping and geographic information) in the OSOCC (On Site Operations Coordination Centre) as well as in the BoO (Base of Operations).
We would like to thank the Regione Piemonte Civil Protection for making this collaboration possible as well as all the civil protection volunteers that joined the exercise.