Spatial Informatics

By Prof. Soumya K Ghosh   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 1205
Spatial Informatics is an emerging area of research with widespread applications in various decision support systems, natural resource management, smart city applications, public health, intelligent transportation, environment and climate change monitoring, development planning etc. It involves acquisition and analysis of data related to earth, commonly referred as geo-spatial datasets. It is a multi- disciplinary field and the computer science principles/algorithms are increasing applied to address various challenges/problems of these large scale spatial datasets. The course will cover different topics in spatial informatics, namely, spatial data models, spatial database, spatial computing and data analysis, spatial data mining, geographical information system (GIS), spatial web services etc. Few case studies will be also discussed to demonstrate the applicability of spatial informatics. INTENDED AUDIENCE: CSE, ECE, EE and other Departments (working with Geo-spatial datasets/ applications) PREREQUISITES: Basic knowledge of Database Management INDUSTRY SUPPORT: IT industries in the dealing with Geo-Spatial applications/services [e.g. ESRI, Oracle-Spatial, ERDAS Imagine, RMSI, RSI Softech India Pvt. Ltd. etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 26 Aug 2019
End Date : 18 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 17 Nov 2019 IST
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Spatial Informatics, Spatial Database, Spatial Data Models
Week 2: Spatial Query Processing
Week 3: Spatial Data Management
Week 4: Spatial Networks
Week 5: Spatial Computing, Spatial Analysis
Week 6: Remote Sensing & Geographical Information System (GIS)
Week 7: Spatial Web Services, GML, Spatial Data Infrastructure
Week 8: Geo-visualization, Spatial Cloud

Books and references

1. Spatial Databases: A Tour, by Shashi Shekhar, Sanjay Chawla, Prentice Hall 2. Principles of geographical information systems, by P. A. Burrough, Oxford Press 3. ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 4. Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC): http://www.opengeospatial.org/ 5. ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems

Instructor bio

Prof. Soumya K. Ghosh received the Ph.D. and M.Tech. degrees from Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India. Presently, he is a Professor with Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur. Before joining IIT Kharagpur, he worked for the Indian Space Research Organization in the area of satellite remote sensing and geographical information systems. He has more than 200 research papers in reputed journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include spatial data science, spatial web services and cloud computing.

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centers.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 17th November 2019 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course. 
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched.

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