Greg Crutsinger on "Drones and data: aftermath of California's wildfires"

Conference/Symposium | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the talk:

Drone technology has been increasingly used by public agencies for emergency and disaster response, including the recent devastating wildfires in California. However, the volume of information drones can collect quickly has resulted in a pressing need for rapid data processing and visualization. This lecture will walk through the use of drone imagery following three major wildfires (Tubbs, Carr, and Camp fires) in California and review opportunities and challenges for the geospatial data in future disasters in the state.

About the speaker:

Dr. Greg Crutsinger is the founder of Scholar Farms, which specializes in using multi-spectral cameras & drones for vegetation mapping. He has also acted as the emergency drone data lead for three major wildfires in California. His company was founded from extensive experience in academic research and teaching, as well as the commercial drone industry. Prior to Scholar Farms Greg was the Sales Director for the scientific and academic verticals at Pix4D and Parrot, and the Academic Programs Director at 3D Robotics. While serving academia, Greg was an Assistant Professor of Ecology at the University of British Columbia.

About the Series:

Launched in 2008, the CITRIS Research Exchange delivers fresh perspectives on information technology and society from distinguished academic, industry, and civic leaders. Join us this spring to celebrate 10 years of innovative ideas and dialogue.

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