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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Globe Watch: Remote Sensing, Surveillance, and Mapping with "See Anywhere - Map Everywhere" (SAME) Technology

Vincent Tao
York University

Modern geomatics is a Canadian invention that has spawned an industry generating over $2 billion in products and services annually, and employing a workforce of approximately 30,000. Remote sensing, a core geomatics technology, plays a key role in this sector. Canada has long enjoyed leadership in remote sensing research and development. Maintaining our leadership position in this fast-moving, competitive field depends on innovative researchers, and Dr. Tao and his York University group are at the forefront of sensor and visualization technologies and Internet-based mapping.

Dr. Tao will introduce his latest innovation - the SAME technology. It's an Internet-based tool that allows users to zoom in or fly past any place on the planet, and to access geographical data, images and sensor data. The talk will feature a live demonstration of SAME's potential for real-time monitoring, surveillance and mapping of critical infrastructure sites and regions in the world.

Dr. Vincent Tao is a Canada Research Chair and an Associate Professor in Geomatics at York University. He directs the York Geospatial Information and Communication Technology Research Lab, and is a Founder of Toronto-based GeoTango International Corporation. An internationally recognized innovator, he has more than 150 research contributions to his credit, and shares, with his group, numerous licensable technologies, patents and research prototypes.

Simultaneous translation provided.

DATE: Thursday November 25, 2004 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC)