Big Data for Good: Eye in the sky

In  a new  Big Data for Good feature, TDA affiliate Rongjun Qin, professor of computer science and geodetic engineering, discusses his work developing algorithms that interpret data from satellites, drones, and other aircraft. The results can be used for faster recovery from natural disasters by providing a before-and-after assessment that gives first responders actionable information.

“Satellites can capture six terabytes of data every day,” Qin says. “We are focused on taking that data and then figuring out how to process it into something useful.”

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