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Newsletter 06 - July 2016

Welcome to its4land Newsletter #6. Things are heated up in July. The its4land team completed final reconnaissance visits to the three case countries, undertook further UAV trials with Germap, welcomed new team members for the start of several WPs, and finalised ethics approvals. 

Kenyan Reconnaissance. From July 25-29 - a team led by Gordon and Robert Wayumba from Technical University of Kenya - and including researchers from KU-Lueven, University of Twente, WWU Munster, and Hansa Luftbild - conducted field visits in Kajiado and Kisumu in Kenya. The two locations are intended as the core sites for conducting key its4land activities including local needs assessment, smart sketch mapping, UAV flights, and feature extraction work. See the details of the visit here and learn more about the findings here.  
UAV Trials and Options. July was also the time for delving deeper into the available UAV options - linked to Work Package 4 (Fly and Create). Along with other UT staff, Claudia Socker headed to nearby Gronau, Germany, to meet with Germap, a German UAV manufacturer and consulting organisation. The flights yielded test data that can be used on some of the preliminary automatic feature extraction work - currently being undertaken in Work Package 5 (Automate It). As discussed in the last newsletter, the team from UT are also investigating options from DelAir TechSensfly, Germap, and Trimble - and the final decision will be based on alignment to the specifications developed by the Fly and Create (WP4) team - stemming from knowledge being gained in 'Get Needs' (WP2).
New Arrivals. Now that we're six months in, its4land is officially kicking-off several work pages: Draw and Make (WP3), Fly and Create (WP4), and Automate It (WP5). For this, we're happy to welcome Michael Yang to the team from UT. He brings expertise on computer vision and photogrammetry. In addition, Serene Ho joins the KU-Leuven to head up Get Needs (WP2). She brings experience fused experience in social science, geography, and land administration. We wish them both success and look forward to the excellent contributions they're likely to make to its4land. 
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