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Meeting with the Chinese general consulate, 26th April 2019

Date: 2019-04-26
Author: Dr. Cai

On April 26th 2019 Mr. Dongsheng Han (head of department of education and culture) and Mr. Chunming Xiu (consul of education) visited the institute of Geodesy and hold one meeting with the representatives from Chinese scholars and program graduates in University of Stuttgart to gather information on the ongoing exchange program. At first Prof. Sneeuw and Dr. Jianqing Cai made sincerely welcome to the guests from Frankfurt and performed a short exchange. Later the meeting involved scholars and students from the German and the International program such as Humblot scholars and PhD-students from Chinese Institutions, German program students (include PhD-students and Master-students), GeoEngine master program students (International Program) and two German students who are about to exchange to China. Participants exchanged views on Chinese and German study abroad policies, CSC scholarship policy management and other issues. During the meeting, some students also reported to consul that due to the long German educational system, many Chinese students, especially undergraduates, are prone to influenced by psychological problem. At end of the meeting, Mr. Han made one summary and presented the name of Consulate give grateful thanks to Prof. Sneeuw and Dr. Cai for their contributions to the academic exchange between Germany and China, and highly praised the excellent achievement of the exchange project. At the same time he also said that the consulate cares about every Chinese exchanging student and will help them to solve various problems they met in Germany as much as possible.

Chinese general consulates and head and coordinator of the project

Meeting at the Institute of Geodesy

DAAD TN Network Meeting, 22nd March 2019

Date: 2019-03-22
Author: Dr. Cai

On March 22nd there was a DAAD Thematic Network meeting involving Prof. Sneeuw and the partners from the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping (Ms. Lan Wu and Ms. Jin Cheng) and the Chinese Institutions Wuhan University (Prof. Wenbin Shen). The purpose of the meeting was the exchange of information with main focus on the Summer School in Stuttgart in September 2019.

Prof. Wenbin Shen, Prof. Sneeuw, Ms. Lan Wu

Honoring of Prof. Sneeuw (Luojia Chair Professor), 28th October 2018

Date: 2018-10-28
Author: Dr. Cai

On October 28th 2018 Prof. Sneeuw was honored with the title Luojia Chair Professor of the Wuhan University. The certificate was handed over by vice president Prof. Jiangcheng Li. This is one acknowledgement to his contribution to successful cooperation and exchanging in the frame of DAAD Thematic Network.

The handing over of the certificate

2nd Workshop from the 24th July till 5th August 2018

Date: 2018-08-01
Author: Dr. Cai

Enabled through the co-organization of the University Luxembourg and the University of Stuttgart, the 2nd workshop of the DAAD Thematic Network “Modern Geodetic Space Techniques for Global Change Monitoring” was taking place in Luxembourg and Germany. Guests from all partner institutions from China, Germany and Luxembourg were participating for around two weeks, to broaden the view about the recent state of research. The great opening in Luxembourg with 30 presentations around “Global Change Monitoring” provided us the possibility for intensive focus on each presentation around the topics:

- Satellite Altimetry, Gravimetry & Enabling technologies
- Positioning, Navigation & Reference
- Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
- Applications for Global Change Monitoring
- Gravity field modelling and Height System
(For more detail check our agenda or read more at the extensive report)

For the second phase (29.7. - 05.08.2018), the workshop moved to Stuttgart were respective wells, open discussions and seminars according to the presentations have been given. A closing session with approximately 40 participants has been given on the 3rd of August. Thoroughly it was a supportive and pleasant working atmosphere. We are particularly honored by the participation of Prof. Jiancheng LI, Vice-President of the Wuhan University.

A big thank you to the University of Luxembourg, for the great hospitality, organization and the possibility to provide a platform for intensive knowledge transfer and academic exchange.
Thanks to all the participants, who gave us the insight in new perspectives and innovative science.

The Participants at the University of Luxembourg

The Participants at the University of Stuttgart

Check out our past workshop 2016 and the Summer School 2017 in our Achivements.

Second Workshop of the DAAD TN in Luxembourg, July 2018

Date: 2018-05-02
Author: Dr. Cai

The Second Workshop of DAAD Thematic Network “Modern Geodetic Space Techniques for Global Change Monitoring” will be held from the 23 till 28 of July in Luxembourg! All the preparations are running and we are looking forward for an inspiring time! Here you can find the agenda of the workshop. Thanks a lot to the University of Luxembourg! We are ready!

Check out our past workshop 2016 and the Summer School 2017 in our Achivements.

Succesfull Third Network Meeting, 26th - 29th March 2018 in Stuttgart

Date: 2018-04-18
Author: Dr. Cai

From the 26th till the 29th of March the third network meeting of the Thematic Network was held in Stuttgart. Representantives from the Wuhan University, the Tongji University, the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping, the University of Luxembourg and ofcourse the University of Stuttgart joint together to prepare all happenings in and around the Thematic Network. This included the presentations of the Universities itselfs, the annual planning and in specific, the preparations of the 2nd workshop of the Thematic Network. The 2nd Workshop is designed to be held in Luxembourg from the 23rd to the 27th of July 2018, including topics about Satellite Altimetry; Positioning, Navigation & Reference Systems; Gravimetry & Enabling technologies; Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry; Applications for Global Change Monitoring and the Gravity Field Modelling and Hight System.

The visit of the HINTE Expo and Conference GmbH in Karlsruhe, at the third day of the meeting, must be recorded as a big profit and successfull cooperation. Further more the delegation visited the Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe.
The third network meeting was a cometogether of great exchange and innovative ideas. We are all looking forward for the upcoming workshop in Luxembourg.

Working process at the 3rd Network Meeting

The delegation of the 3rd Network Meeting

INTERGEO Geodetic Week in Berlin

Date: 2017-11-08
Author: Dr. Cai

On the world´s leading conference and fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management, which took place from the 26th - 28th september 2017, the Institute of Geodesy was represented by Mr. Cai and Mrs. Lin. Presenting the Research on an Optimal ELM Classification Model for Remote Sensing Images with an Artificial Fish-swarm Algorithm.

Informationsheet INTERGEO

Mrs. Lin presenting the results.

Poster of the research on an Optimal ELM Classification Model for Remote Sensing Images with an Artificial Fish-swarm Algorithm.

Mrs. Yang Li successfully gained a place at Wuhan University for the reasearch on her master thesis

Date: 2017-10-18
Author: Dr. Cai

For the upcoming semster Mrs. Li Yang is going to work on her master thesis at Wuhan University. With geomatics engineering as her major, she is going to study on the geodetic time series analysis: Multi-channel Singular Spectrum Analysis. At Wuhan University a special research group is working on this topic, which gives her the great possibility to work with 3 dimensional data. Her master thesis will be co-supervised by Prof. Sneeuw and Prof. Jiang, the coordinator of the DAAD TN at the Wuhan University.

We wish her a successful stay and great impressions.

For more interest, read hers and others experience reportsin our "Scholarships".

Delegation of scientists from Wuhan University visits HLRS in Stuttgart

Date: 2017-08-25
Author: Dr. Cai

A delegation of guest scientists of the Wuhan University, China, visited the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) of the University of Stuttgart, one of the most powerful supercomputer centers in Europe. The scientists stay at the University of Stuttgart for a month-long research stay.

Delegation from Wuhan University and Tongji University at HLRS

In addition, the guest scientists visited the Campus Stadtmitte. The research stay is part of the Thematic Network on Modern Geodetic Space Techniques for Global Change Monitoring.

Delegation visiting the University of Stuttgart

DAAD Thematic Network Summer School on Geodetic Techniques for Global Change Monitoring in Yi Chang in July 2017

Date: 2017-08-11
Author: Dr. Cai

The Wuhan University and the University of Stuttgart organized a Summer School for MSc and PhD students from July 24th until July 28th in Yi Chang, China. In this Summer School, Professors and researchers as well as PhD and MSc students came together to discuss current topics in global change monitoring using geodetic techniques like GNSS, satellite altimetry, InSAR, satellite gravimetry, deformation analysis and hydrological geodesy. The program of the one-week event included lectures by experts of the respective fields, laboratories to support the content of the lectures, an excursion to the Three-Gorges-Dam and a social program. More than 60 professors, lecturers, PhD and MSc students joined the event. The participants are from the partner institutions of the DAAD Thematic Network on Geodetic Techniques for Global Change Monitoring, which is funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and consists of the following institutions:

University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
Tongji University, Shanghai, China
German Geodetic Research Institute, Technical University Munich, Germany
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping, Beijing, China

Two profossors, three scientists and four students from the University of Stuttgart were engaged in the Summer School. Prof. Nico Sneeuw, head of the Institute of Geodesy, gave a lecture about time series analysis, Prof. Volker Schwieger, Director of the Institute of Engineering Geodesy about deformation analysis using Kalman Filters, Dr. Mohammad Tourian about the inland water application of satellite altimetry.
The Summer School provides a platform for intensive knowledge transfer and academic exchange. You can find more information soon on the website of the DAAD Thematic Network as well as on the website of the Wuhan University.

Summer School in Yichang, July 2017

Summer School in Yichang, July 2017

Read more about the summer school and further workshops in our Achivements.

Summer School in Wuhan 24th-28th July 2017

Date: 2017-06-23
Author: Dr. Cai

The Thematic Network organizes a Summer School on Geodetic Techniques for Global Change Monitoring for MSc and PhD students in Wuhan, China in July 2017. The program of the one-week event consists of lectures, laboratories and a social program.

Poster Wuhan Summer School on Geodetic Techniques for Global Change Monitoring

Read more about the summer school and further workshops in our Achivements.

Research and study stays at partner institutions in China

Date: 2017-02-10
Author: Dr. Cai

Three master students of the University of Stuttgart stayed at our partner institutions Wuhan University and Tongji University for the winter semester 16/17. Giving students the opportunity to stay at our partner institutions improves the quality of out training and benefits the internationalisation of the University of Stuttgart. To support the exchange, we introduced an scholarship programm to support up 10 outgoing students every year.

Outgoing students 2016:

Mr. Yasin Shafaghi (Tongji University)
Mr. Zhongyi CHEN (Wuhan University)
Mr. Jiaqiang LI (Wuhan University)

Extended stay of researchers of chinese partner institutions in Stuttgart

Date: 2017-02-10
Author: Dr. Cai

A number of professors, researchers and students of our partner institutions in China came to Stuttgart for an extended research or study stay. By working on our joint research projects, we are intensivying our cooperation. Following professors and researchers stayed in Stuttgart in 2016:

Mr. Hanjiang WEN (Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping) Professor
Mr. Weiping JIANG (Wuhan University) Associate Professor
Mr. Taoyong JIN (Wuhan University) Associate Professor
Ms. Yi LIN (Tongji University) Professor
Mr. Jianxian WANG (Tongji University) Professor

Following junior researchers, PhD and master student of our partner institutions stayed in Stuttgart in 2016

Mr. Xin CHANG (Wuhan University) PhD Student
Mr. Bin WANG (Wuhan University) PhD Student
Ms. Haiyan GU (Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping) Junior Researcher
Mr. Peng YUAN (Wuhan University) HU PhD Student
Mr. Fei YANG (Tongji University) Master Student
Mr. Zhanglin YE (Tongji University) Master Student
Mr. Weiwei WU (Tongji University) Master Student

INTERGEO Geodetic Week in Berlin 26.-28. September 2017

Date: 2017-02-08
Author: Dr. Cai

INTERGEO Geodetic Week in Berlin 26.-28. September 2017 is the world´s leading conference and fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management.

Read more about it!

Second Network Meeting in Stuttgart from 22nd - 24th March 2017

Date: 2017-02-08
Author: Dr. Cai

The Second Network meeting will take place in Stuttgart from 22nd - 24th March 2017. Delegates from the Chinese partner Universities will exchange information about the current status of the Thematic Network and upcoming events such as the Summer School in Wuhan in July 2017.

Kick-off Symposium Dragon-4 from 4th- 8th July in Wuhan

Date: 2016-07-04
Author: Dr. Cai

Kick-off Symposium for research project Dragon-4

Final results of the ESA-MoST project Dragon-3 „Current and Future Geodetic Satellite Missions for Global Change Monitoring” (2013-2016) were presented at the symposium in Wuhan, China. The follow-on project Dragon-4 "Monitoring Lake Level Variations over the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau by Consistent Multi-Satellite Altimetry“ was introduced. It is supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and runs until 2020.

Read more about Dragon-4 and further joint projects in our Achivements.

Delegation Visit to China from 14th - 22nd May 2016

Date: 2016-05-31
Author: Dr. Cai

Cooperative research and international exchange are at the center of one-week delegation mission to China.
Seven Scientists of the European core institutions - University of Luxembourg, Munich University and Stuttgart University - participating in the DAAD network came together for a joint strategy meeting and research stay from May, 12th to 22nd 2016 in China.

Following Chinese partner institutions were attending:
Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
Tongji University, Shanghai, China
Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping, Beijing, China

In addition, strategy meetings, lectures and interesting presentations on topics as geography, hydrology, climate change, climate modeling and other geodynamics were held in order to deepen academic exchange. All professors agree on the success of this delegation: on the one hand, the networks' structure could further consolidate, on the other hand, the current state of research, future research projects as well as network activities have been concretized.

Delegation on visit in Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping, Beijing, China on May 16th:
Additional report from CASM (Chinese Version) .

Delegation on visit in Wuhan University, Wuhan, China on May 18th:
Additional report from Wuhan University (Chinese Version)

Delegation on the visit of Tongji University, Shanghai, China on May 20th:
Additional report from Tongji University (Chinese Version)
Additional photos of delegation visit:

Thematic Network Workshop from 20th - 22nd July 2016 at University of Stuttgart

Date: 2016-03-02
Author: Dr. Cai

Professors, junior researchers, PhD students as well as Bachelor and Master students will be welcomed to join the First Thematic Network Workshop at University of Stuttgart.

Especially our international partner institutions from China and Luxembourg will join the workshop including scientific exchange, joint lectures and enforce the Thematic Network cooperation.

Read more about the workshop and more in our Achivements.

Successful Fist Network Meeting in Stuttgart

Date: 2015-12-07
Author: Dr. Cai

Erstes erfolgreiches Treffen des DAAD Thematischen Netzwerks “Modern Geodetic Space Techniques for Global Change Monitoring” an der Universität Stuttgart.
Am 19. November 2015 fand das erste Treffen des Thematischen Netzwerks mit unseren Partnern aus China, Luxemburg und München statt. Gefördert wird das internationle Projekt vom Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst (DAAD) für die nächsten 4 Jahre mit bis zu 1 Millionen Euro.

First successful meeting of the DAAD Thematic Network "Modern Geodetic Space Techniques for Global Change Monitoring" at University of Stuttgart.
On the 19th November 2015 the first Thematic Network Meeting with our partners from China, Luxembourg and Munich took place. The international project is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the next 4 years with about 1 millionen Euro.

For more details:

Die Universität Stuttgart hat sich für die 2015 startende Förderung des Programms „Thematische Netzwerke“ beworben und ist einer der 28 erfogreichen von 89 Bewerbern. Das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung finanziert den Aufbau von internationalen themenbezogenen Forschungs- und Ausbildungsnetzwerken mit ausgewählten ausländischen Partnerinstitutionen mit 250.000€ pro Jahr. 2012 ging das Programm in die erste Runde, woraus sich bereits weltweite hochrangige wissenschaftliche Netzwerke entwickelt haben.

Vor allem sollen die Thematischen Netzwerke die internationalen Profile deutscher Hoch-schulen fördern. Hierbei wird bei der internationalen Partnerwahl großen Wert auf renommierte Hochschulen gelegt. Der DAAD fördert die exzellente wissenschaftliche Vernetzung von multilateralen thematischen Netzwerken in Form von inhaltlichen Konferenzen und Work-shops, Forschungsaufenthalten und Kurz- und Langzeitaufenthalten in Partnerländern unter anderem für strategische Besprechungen und zur Netzwerkpflege. Für die nächsten vier Jah-re soll nun auch an der Universität Stuttgart ein internationales wissenschaftliches Netzwerk entstehen, welches sich durch die Kooperation und Partnerschaft erfolgreich entwickeln wird. Das Programm bietet große Flexibilität in der Umsetzung, daher können die teil-nehmenden Institutionen aus einem breit gefächerten Spektrum gezielt Förderungen wählen, die zu ihrem individuellen Thematischen Netzwerk passen. Inhaltlich wird sich das Netzwerk im Rahmen von „Modernen geodätischen Weltraumtechniken zum Monitoring der globalen Veränderung“ bewegen. Konkrete Ziele der internationalen Partnerschaft sind im Besonderen neben enger Zusammenarbeit vor allem im Bereich des Austauschs von Hochschulpersonal, Bachelor- und Masterstudierenden, der Austausch von Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden zu Forschungszwecken. Darüber hinaus wird durch das Thematische Netzwerk die Internationali-sierungsstrategie der Universität Stuttgart unterstützt, welche eine stetige Entwicklung der Qualität in Lehre und Forschung garantieren soll. Außerdem soll aus dem Projekt ein dauerhaftes Kompetenz-Zentrum zum Thema „Monitoring Globaler Veränderung an der Universität Stuttgart“ entstehen. Ferner ist das Ziel des Netzwerks auch durch die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) gefördert zu werden.

Der gelungene Auftakt des Netzwerks fand am 19. November an der Universität Stuttgart statt. Zunächst begrüßte Projektleiter Prof. Dr. Nico Sneeuw die 21 Anwesenden, worauf sich die Repräsentantinnen und Repräsentanten der Partnerinstitutionen vorstellten und kurz auf ihre inhaltlichen Schwerpunkte eingingen. Vor allem diente das erste Netzwerktreffen dem persönlichen Kennenlernen der internationalen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler. Die internationalen Partner des Netzwerks sind die Wuhan Universität, Space Geodesy (Prof. Dr. Weiping JIANG), die Tongji Universität, Remote Sensing Geoinformation (Prof. Dr. Jiexian WANG, Prof. Dr. Yi LIN), die Chinese Academy of Surverying and Mapping, für Geodesy and Geodynamics (Prof. Dr. Hanjiang WEN) und die Universität Luxemburg, Climate Variability Geodynamics (Prof. Dr. Tonie van Dam). Zu den beiden chinesischen Partneruniversitäten pflegt die Universität Stuttgart bereits seit vielen Jahren ein sehr erfolgreiches Partnerverhältnis im Zuge dessen bisher diverse Austauschprogramme stattfanden. Frau Verena Lieb als Repräsentantin vom Deutschen Geodätischen Forschungsinstitut der Technischen Uni-versität München war als eine der deutschen Kooperationspartner des Netzwerks vertreten. Beteiligte Institute der Universität Stuttgart sind neben den Antragstellern des Geodätischen Instituts (Prof. Dr. Nico Sneeuw) auch das Institut für Ingenieurgeodäsie (Prof. Dr. Volker Schwieger, Li Zhang), das Institut für Photogrammatrie (Prof. Dr. Norbert Haala), das Institut für Wasser- und Umweltsystemmodellierung (Prof. Dr. András Bárdossy, Dirk Schlabing), das Institut für Navigation (Doris Becker) und das Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme (Prof. Dr. Georg Herdrich). Gemeinsam wollen die Expertinnen und Experten in den nächsten vier Jahren nicht nur ihre Netzwerkexpertise im Bereich geodätischer Technologie wie der Satellitendateianalysen, dem Monitoring und der Modellierung von Phänomenen der globalen Verände-rung zusammentragen, sondern auch durch enge Zusammenarbeit wissenschaftliche Erfolge erzielen. Beispielsweise können durch die gemeinsame und vertrauensvolle Arbeit schneller gemeinsame Forschungsanträge gestellt und Publikationen veröffentlicht werden.

Neben den Projektpartnern zählte auch Frau Helen Schomer, Vertreterin des DAAD, zu den Gästen, welche unter anderem offene Fragen zur Organisation des Netzwerks klärte. Außerdem war das Dezernat Internationales der Universität Stuttgart durch seinen Leiter, Dr. Heiko Richter, repräsentiert und somit auch die administrative Ebene miteinbezogen.

Darüber hinaus erschien, in dem im November herausgegebenen Magazin „FORSCHUNG LEBEN - Wissenschaft International“ der Universität Stuttgart, ein Artikel über das durch den DAAD entstandene Netzwerk. Besonders wurde dabei auf die gemeinsamen Projekte der internationalen Forschungsgemeinde zum Thema der klimatischen Veränderungen eingegangen.

Group photo of the participants of the First Network Meeting

Gruppenfoto der Teilnehmenden des Ersten Netzwerktreffens

News from Wuhan and Tongji University about the start of DAAD TN

Date: 2015-10-23
Author: Dr. Cai

News from Wuhan University and Tongji University about the start of DAAD TN in Chinese

The Chinese-German partnership is appreciated a lot on both sides.

For more information see links below from Chinese partner universities. Soon more information in English will be available.


News from Wuhan University(16.10.2015)
Pdf Version of Wuhan University

News of Tongji University(28.09.2015)
Pdf Version of Tongji University

First Network Meeting Announcement

Date: 2015-10-23
Author: Dr. Cai

First Network Meeting of DAAD Thematic Network “Modern Geodetic Space Techniques for Global Change Monitoring”

Following the schedule of the first network meeting of DAAD Thematic Network on the 19th November 2015. We welcome the representatives of our partner institutions at University of Stuttgart.

For details, please see the PDF file.

Pdf Version of Network Meeting