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

Get excited for the

Agenda (2023)

Monday, 29 May

Speakers: Jón Atli Benediktsson (University of Iceland), Dora Blanco Heras (University of Santiago de Compostela), Gabriele Cavallaro (Forschungszentrum Jülich / University of Iceland), Hemanadhan Myneni (University of Iceland), Morris Riedel (University of Iceland / Forschungszentrum Jülich), José Francisco López and Roberto Sarmiento (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), Serkan Girgin (University of Twente)
09:30 - 09:45 (GMT)
Welcome at the University of Iceland and Opening of the Summer School (Jón Atli Benediktsson)
09:45 - 10:30 (GMT)
Work and Activities of the HDCRS Working Group (Dora Blanco Heras, Gabriele Cavallaro)
10:30 - 11:00 (GMT)
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:00 (GMT)
Lowering the Barrier for Modern Cloud-based Geospatial Big Data Analysis by Combined Use of Innovative and Traditional Infrastructure
12:00 - 13:30 (GMT)
Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00 (GMT)
Hyperspectral technology: inspiring ideas, challenges and opportunities
15:00 - 15:30 (GMT)
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:30 (GMT)
An Overview of the European HPC Strategy and Highlights from the Icelandic HPC Communities (Morris Riedel)
20:00 - 22:00 (GMT)
Social Dinner

Tuesday, 30 May

Speakers: Manil Maskey, Sean Harkins, Brian Freitag, Muthukumaran Ramasubramanian, Iksha Gurung (NASA), Linsong Chu, Paolo Fraccaro, Johannes Jakubik, Blair Edwards (IBM)
09:00 - 10:30 (GMT)
Data Science Overview, Large Scale Data Harmonization
10:30 - 11:00 (GMT)
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:00 (GMT)
Analysis and Exploration: Analytics Platform, Science Analysis
12:00 - 13:30 (GMT)
Lunch break
13:30 - 15:30 (GMT)
Application: Geospatial Foundation Model
15:30 - 16:00 (GMT)
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:00 (GMT)
Inference with Fine-Tuned Model and Conclusion

Wednesday, 31 May

Speakers: Francesco Nattino, Meiert Willem Grootes, Pranav Chandramouli (Netherlands eScience Center)
09:00 - 10:30 (GMT)
HPC, RSDAT, and the EO Software Ecosystem
10:30 - 11:00 (GMT)
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:00 (GMT)
Deployment with RS-DAT and Data Retrieval
12:00 - 13:30 (GMT)
Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00 (GMT)
Scaling EO workflows with HPC
15:00 - 15:30 (GMT)
Coffee break
15:30 - 17:00 (GMT)
Hands-on session

Thursday, 1 June

Speakers: Riccardo Mengoni (CINECA), Bertrand Le Saux (ESA), Mattia Verducci (Thales Alenia Space), Tommaso Catuogno (Thales Alenia Space)
09:00 - 10:30 (GMT)
Introduction to Quantum Computing and its Ecosystem
10:30 - 11:00 (GMT)
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:00 (GMT)
Introduction to Quantum Computing and its Ecosystem
12:00 - 13:30 (GMT)
Lunch break
13:30 - 14:30 (GMT)
ESA Quantum Computing for Earth Observation (QC4EO): Current Activities and Perspectives
14:30 - 15:30 (GMT)
Is Space ready for the Quantum Leap? A Thales Alenia Space Perspective on Quantum Technologies for Earth Observation
15:30 - 16:00 (GMT)


In cooperation with and sponsored by

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Information overview

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Date and time

Starts 29 May 2023 09:30
Ends 1 Jun 2023 17:00
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

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Start date: 01. February 2023
End date: 10. March 2023
The school is free of charge

Contact and Support

Contact person: Prof. Gabriele Cavallaro
Email for questions:

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Gróska, Bjargargata 1 102, 101, Reykjavík, Iceland. Room Sykur Salur (entrance located below big sign saying Sykur Salur on the outside of the building). See image

Travel grants

The summer school will welcome up to 30 students. There will be approximately 10 travel grants of $1000 available.

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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

The deadline for travel grants has passed. However, we still welcome applications without travel grant to join a waitlist if there are still free spaces after the selection process has concluded.

Travel grants of a fixed amount of $1000 will only be paid out after your participation at the summer school. Please ensure you have the necessary funds to participate before attending.

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How much do I need to pay to participate?

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

How will the travel grants be awarded?

Travel 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 travel grant will be paid to you:

The travel grant payment will be made after the Summer 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 Summer 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: