[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: [ESIP-all] URGENT: calling all image interpreters/exploiters

Pericles S. Nacionales naci0002 at umn.edu
Sun Feb 4 13:38:14 PST 2007

Some of you might find this an interesting challenge and a good cause...


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Subject: [ESIP-all] URGENT: calling all image interpreters/exploiters
Date: Sunday 04 February 2007 15:02
From: James Frew <frew at bren.ucsb.edu>
To: esip-all at rtpnet.org

Hello ESIP Federation,

As you may know, Jim Gray (Turing awardee and one of the fathers of
modern database technology) sailed out of San Francisco a week ago and
hasn't been seen since (see http://tinyurl.com/3ab6a8 for news
coverage). After 4 days of searching more than 100,000 square miles, the
Coast Guard suspended searching for him (see http://tinyurl.com/3azgyx
), pending any credible leads.

Many of Jim's friends and colleagues have self-assembled online for the
purpose of generating exactly those leads. With help from MDA
Geospatial, Google, and NASA, we've acquire RADARSAT, QuickBird (0.6m
pan), and ER-2 (2m vis/IR) imagery of areas where Jim's boat might have
been. Groups at MBARI and JPL have set up current/wind models that we
can seed with any sightings to predict where Jim's boat is now, which is
what the Coast Guard needs to resume the search.

Here's where you-all come in.

1) All the raw imagery is available via FTP. If you have some expertise
in small (i.e. 1..10x resolution) target extraction from visible or
radar imagery, please consider applying it to this problem.

2) The non-radar imagery has been tiled into Amazon.com's "Mechanical
Turk", where ~1500 possible sightings have been identified by volunteers
on the web. We need image interpreters to evaluate these identifications
and winnow them down to serious potential sightings.

If you would like to participate in either of these activities, please email

David Tennenhouse <dtennenhouse at ieee.org>

who's coordinating our image interpretation/exploitation activity, and
cc me:

James Frew <frew at bren.ucsb.edu>

so he knows you're jumping into this at my invitation and aren't some
random web crazy (unfortunately those are already starting to crawl out
of the woodwork.) Give a *brief* summary of your qualifications and what
you'd like to work on, and David (or I, if I catch it first) will send
the appropriate URLs.

Thanks a bunch (and sorry for spamming your super-sunday),
ESIP-all mailing list
ESIP-all at rtpnet.org


Perry Nacionales
Dept. of Forest Resources
University of Minnesota
naci0002 at umn.edu

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