IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
Technology for the Benefit of Humanity // Villanova University, USA / October 23-26, 2024

Workshops 2023

GHTC 2023 Features Two Pre-Conference Workshops on October 11

A Roadmap for Geospatial Analysis

Pre-conference Workshop Wed. Oct 11, 2:30-4:00 PM


This workshop covers key features in MATLAB for analyzing geospatial data, including import, manipulation, and export of file types used in GIS and Google Earth applications.


Accessing and visualizing different types of data is crucial for understanding the impact natural hazards can have on a region. However, sometimes just gathering and processing the data can result in time consuming hurdles.

MATLAB has many capabilities for working with and visualizing data, including multiple new functions and features that make handling and viewing geospatial data much easier – and require much less coding.

During this workshop, we will use MATLAB to study the risk of natural hazards such earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides in Southeast Asia. This case study will demonstrate how to:

  • Access and import geospatial data, such as netCDF, .shp, .xml, and Landsat imagery
  • Experiment with different map projections and display techniques
  • Display web map data with layers superposed
  • Manage large datasets
  • Automate your data analysis and visualization routines

Presenter Bio: Dr. Laura Sammon is a Customer Success Engineer at MathWorks. She supports teaching and research across science and engineering disciplines, specializing in coding applications for Earth and ocean science. Laura earned her Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Maryland where she studied the composition of Earth’s crust and interior through geochemical and geophysical data. Now, she helps students, faculty, and researchers get the most out of their MATLAB.


Exploring Challenges in Education and Research When Advancing Technology for Humanitarian Efforts

Pre-conference Workshop Wed. Oct 11, 4:00-5:00 PM

Description: Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join our engaging “Discovery Workshop”, tailored exclusively for GHTC conference attendees. Hosted by Elsevier, a global leader in information analytics, this workshop is dedicated to unraveling and addressing challenges that arise in education and research when propelling technology for humanitarian purposes.

Here are reasons for you to join this workshop:

  • Interactive Sessions: Participate in fruitful dialogues and group discussions aimed at examining issues related to education and research concerning the application of technology for humanity’s benefit. Share your experiences, learn from your peers, and add to our collective understanding of the field.
  • Insightful Trends: Gain insights into what’s currently trending in humanitarian technology, giving you a competitive edge in your own research and applications. Understand how evolving technologies can be harnessed to solve real-world challenges.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Interact with Elsevier’s product team, who are deeply committed to collaborating with academic communities. They aim to share their industry knowledge, shedding light on the best practices and trends in the field.
  • Collaborative Opportunities: We are also looking to build a team of early adopters or evangelists from our attendees, to serve as a customer panel for future initiatives. If you have a passion for making a difference, this could be your chance to take a leading role.

Aligned seamlessly with the mission and themes of the GHTC 2023 conference, this workshop aims to:

  • Provide a platform to share challenges, ideas, and lessons learned from applying technologies for humanitarian purposes in education and research.
  • Invite attendees to form a collaborative group dedicated to developing better solutions for education and research.

Reserve your spot now for the “Discovery Workshop”. We look forward to your valuable participation and contributions towards creating a sustainable and inclusive future!