Webcams, satellites and cell phones capture an incredible view of our world. When organized, these images provide an amazing lens for scientific and social discovery. This talk will explore what it takes to organize and index these image: how to automatically discover where in the world a camera is, what direction it is looking at and what kinds of things it sees. Learn how we can use these images to validate satellite estimates of environmental change, to characterize how people use public spaces and how that changes over time, and how to create tools to fight human trafficking by geo-locating imagery.
Dr. Robert Pless is the Patrick and Donna Martin Professor and Chair of Computer Science at George Washington University. His research focus is data driven approach to understanding motion and change in video, with a current focus on long term time-lapse imagery. Dr. Pless has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Cornell University, a PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park, and received the NSF CAREER award in 2006.