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Welcome to the summer school organized by the High-Performance and Disruptive Computing in Remote Sensing (HDCRS) Working Group. HDCRS is part of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), in particular of the Earth Science Informatics (ESI) Technical Committee.

This school is the perfect venue to network with students and young professionals, as well as senior researcher and professors who are world-renowned leaders in the field of remote sensing and work on interdisciplinary research with high performance computing, cloud computing, quantum computing and parallel programming models with specialized hardware technologies.

Impressions from previous years


What the participants said

"I think the summer school was a great experience overall. It gave me a good impression that I should invest time in exploring the capabilities of high performance computing as EO data collection and technology continues to expand."

"Great summer school, will definitely recommend it to others! Also I just want to add somewhere that the catering was amazing, as well as the welcome dinner :)"

"Thanks for organizing such a wonderful summer school, insightful. Kudos!"

"Thanks a lot for this amazing summer school in Iceland!"

HDCRS Summer School 2023 Participants

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Agenda (2024)

June 4, 2024

Speakers: Dora Blanco Heras (CiTIUS - University of Santiago de Compostela), Lois Orosa (CESGA), Gabriele Cavallaro (Forschungszentrum Jülich and University of Iceland), Bertrand Le Saux, Alvaro Moreno Martínez (University of València, Google), Emma Izquierdo-Verdiguier (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Google)
09:30 - 10:00 (CEST)
Welcome at the University of Santiago de Compostela and Opening of the School
10:00 - 10:30 (CEST)
CESGA: High Performance and Disruptive Computing
10:30 - 11:00 (CEST)
IEEE GRSS and Activities of HDCRS Working Group
11:00 - 11:30 (CEST)
11:30 - 12:00 (CEST)
Quantum Computing for Earth Observation (QC4EO): Advances and Challenges in Generative AI and Quantum Neural Networks
12:00 - 13:00 (CEST)
Google Earth Engine for Earth Observation
13:00 - 14:30 (CEST)
14:30 - 15:30 (CEST)
Google Earth Engine for Earth Observation
15:30 - 16:00 (CEST)
16:00 - 17:00 (CEST)
Google Earth Engine for Earth Observation
20:30 - 22:30 (CEST)

June 5, 2024

Speakers: Manil Maskey (NASA), Gabriele Cavallaro (Forschungszentrum Jülich and University of Iceland), Iksha Gurung, Muthukumaran Ramasubramanian and Rajat Shinde (University of Alabama in Huntsville), Thomas Brunschwiler and Carlos Gomes (IBM Research), Alexandre Strube (Forschungszentrum Jülich)
09:30 - 09:50 (CEST)
IBM and NASA collaboration for foundation models Open Science, collaboration, geospatial foundation model, LLMs
09:50 - 10:20 (CEST)
Development and timeline of FM that was published
10:20 - 10:50 (CEST)
Prithvi-Geospatial and Prithvi-WxC model overview
10:50 - 11:00 (CEST)
MLCommons Geo-Croissant Overview
11:00 - 11:30 (CEST)
11:30 - 12:00 (CEST)
Advancing Geoscience through Large-Scale AI with Supercomputing for Earth Observation and Remote Sensing
12:00 - 13:00 (CEST)
Environment setup, access, dataset preparation
13:00 - 14:30 (CEST)
14:30 - 15:30 (CEST)
Fine-tuning based on datasets in Hugging Face and the custom datasets people might be bringing
15:30 - 16:00 (CEST)
16:00 - 17:00 (CEST)
Deployment and interactions
19:30 - 20:30 (CEST)
Guided Tour of the Old Town

June 6, 2024

Speakers: Bishwaranjan Bhattacharjee and Aashka Trivedi (IBM Research), Iksha Gurung and Muthukumaran Ramasubramanian (University of Alabama in Huntsville)
09:30 - 10:00 (CEST)
Introduction to Large Language Models (LLMs) for Science
10:00 - 11:00 (CEST)
Environment setup, Encoder model finetuning
11:00 - 11:30 (CEST)
11:30 - 13:00 (CEST)
Prompting and Decoder Fine-tuning
13:00 - 14:30 (CEST)
14:30 - 15:30 (CEST)
Stitching everything together, Deployment
15:30 - 16:00 (CEST)
16:00 - 17:00 (CEST)
Agentic Workflows and Chaining
18:30 - 19:30 (CEST)
Guided tour to the Galician Supercomputing Center

June 7, 2024

Speakers: Artur Miroszewski and Grzegorz Czelusta (Jagiellonian University)
09:30 - 11:00 (CEST)
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
11:00 - 11:30 (CEST)
11:30 - 13:00 (CEST)
Introduction to Quantum Computation
13:00 - 14:30 (CEST)
14:30 - 15:30 (CEST)
Quantum Machine Learning
15:30 - 16:00 (CEST)
16:00 - 17:00 (CEST)
Quantum Algorithms for Remote Sensing


  • GRSS ESI TC/HDCRS WG: Dora Blanco Heras, Rocco Sedona, Iksha Gurung, Manil Maskey, Gabriele Cavallaro
  • CiTIUS - University of Santiago de Compostela
  • Simulation and Data Lab Remote Sensing (University of Iceland)

Information overview

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Date and time

Starts 4 June, 2024
Ends 7 June, 2024
Central European Summer Time (CEST)

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Start date: 01 January 2024
End date: 29 February 2024
The school is free of charge

Contact and Support

Contact person: Dora Blanco Heras and Gabriele Cavallaro
Email for questions:

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Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Edificio Emprendia
Avenida do Mestre Mateo, 2,
15706 Santiago de Compostela

Participation grants

The summer school will welcome up to 30 students. There will be approximately 10 participation grants awarded.

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Slides and Recordings

The lectures will be recorded and made available online through the GRSS YouTube channel. Course material will be available after the school on the GRSS website.

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Register to attend

Registration is closed for 2024.


How much do I need to pay to participate?

Participation at the HDCRS School is free of charge. However, getting to and leaving the location can be costly. Please inform yourself ahead of the time to find out whether you have sufficient funds to join.

How much is the participation grant?

The participation grant will be a fixed amount of $800. The school will not provide additional funds, such as a daily allowance. Therefore, you are not required to collect and submit any receipts.

How will the participation grants be awarded?

Participation grants will be awarded based on a combination of factors including geographical location, membership in a disadvantaged group, academic excellence, and background in relevant topics. Our goal is to ensure a diverse set of participants from various backgrounds and experiences.

When and how the participation grant will be paid to you:

The participation grant payment will be made after the School. Detailed instructions will be provided to the grantees. Grantees are not required to collect and submit any receipts.

Will I receive a certificate of attendance?

Yes, you will receive the certificate of attendance after a succesful completion of the School. You will not need to request it. It will be sent to you automatically after a few weeks.

Can I participate online?

No. This is an in-person event only. Videos of the lectures will be upload to GRSS YouTube channel a few weeks after the school is over.

How much is the social dinner?

All attendees will be invited free of charge to the social dinner.

Are coffee breaks and lunches included?

Yes. All coffee breaks and lunches are provided to the participants free of charge directly in the school room.

Still have questions?

Contact person: Prof. Gabriele Cavallaro
Email for questions: