Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar: Ashok Peddi, ISEGI, NewUniversity of Lisbon, Lisbon.The Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholarship programme at Institute of Statistics andInformation management, ISEGI, was a truly good experience to me and I am verythankful to Erasmus Mundus and the EU scholarship I received for the opportunity to bepart of the masters programme in Geospatial Technologies. The best was all I learnedfrom ISEGI professors about course planning, teaching and research methods.Professor Marco Painho was a very generous and attentive host. He invited me to theClasses in Remote Sensing and GIS Applications so I could share with Erasmus Mundusstudents about my experience in Remote Sensing and GIS. The course was so wellorganized that I ended up taking notes of everything, as if I were one of the students!I am grateful to professors Mario Caetano (Remote Sensing) and Pedro Cabral (GISApplications) for inviting me to work with their students. That kept me quite busybecause I had the chance to teach every week. I learned quite a lot from the questionsand comments the students made during and after the lectures, and I was able toupdate myself in not only GIS and Remote Sensing but also other subjects. I am reallythankful to Professor Pedro Cabral for his encouragement and suggestions about themethods and techniques in teaching GIS Applications.I spent most of my time at Lab New Technologies (LabNT), ISEGI doing research for apaper “On Automatic Extraction of Salt Pans in Mozambique using Remote Sensing”.This is an interesting subject to me as I have been working on remote Sensing since2009. The study on salt pans new to me and I am very much excited to work with newtools like IDRISI and QGIS. I have used QGIS to calculate Salt Pan Index and IDRISI forSegmentation and Classification .I am very much thankful to Professor Marco Painho forhis guidance, help and support about this project during the whole period.I found several authors and publications at ISEGIs library that greatly benefit myresearch. Personal access to the library and the conversations I had with Prof. MarcoPainho andGIS and Remote Sensing professors &researchers at ISEGI was key to takingmy research to a higher level. I expect to finish my paper in a few months to submitthem for peer review at indexed journals.It is my pleasure to inform that I have presented a paper entitled “Development ofstrata based Phytosociological Data Analysis system using Open source GIS” atGeomundus 2011 which was held at Institute of Geoinformatics ,University ofMunster,Munster, Germany from 27-29th October 2011(http://geomundus.org/).I amthankful to ISEGI for partial Financial Support to attend this conference.
My special thanks to Mr. HugoMartins, Web GIS Developer for his suggestions anddirections towards opens source GIS technologies.Last but not least, it is my pleasure that I was with the team of LabNT, ISEGI. Myheartfelt thanks to each and every team member as everybody is cooperative in termsof technical as well as non-technical. LabNT is always active, innovative and helpful inactivities I was involved. I was very impressed by the way they work, they celebrate,they think.Time flew by during the programme and I wish I couldve stayed at Lisbon at least a fewmore weeks, because I felt settled in Lisbon and knew my way around at the universityafter the first two weeks. But it offered me such a quality personal experience and suchan intense and worthy academic and professional experience that the four months Ispent at ISEGI, Lisbon,Portugal have already changed the way I envision my work aheadat my home country and the kind of quality work that is possible to achieve.Again, thank you very much to you, Professor Marco Painho, and EU scholarship formaking it possible for me to participate in this visiting scholar programme 2011. Yours sincerely, Ashok Peddi