Quick tour of a few products we’ve shipped, and some talks I’ve given.

Strategic Consultant

  • Strategic advice to a Global Satellite Communications Operator on the intersection of their new growth strategy and International Development needs and funding mechanisms. Linking and assessing relevance with all the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs, or Global Goals] and Targets.

  • Strategic advice for the UAE Statistical Innovation Authority as member of the Advisory Board; helping to assess market trends. Our scope is to localize the opportunities and challenges, maximizing potential impact in improving government services.

  • Logistics optimization of hazelnuts social for-profit enterprise in Bhutan. Largest employer after the government, which is more than doubling the income of more than 10k farmers; while preventing soil degradation of fallow lands. Road conditions in Bhutan offer a set of unique challenges, while the community reach and footprint of the company operations provide the necessary data inputs to create and optimize the collection of the produce. Development, and training, on the necessary data-science tools to feed, connect and optimize best routing to all farmers, and dispatch systems.

World Bank Group – Innovation Labs

  • Improve Women’s rights in Kosovo flying drones. 70% of the world’s population lack access to land rights systems. That is the case of the women of the Krusha e Madhe village in Kosovo, where all men (land owners) and boys were killed in the war. The World Bank is helping with a 12M$ Real Estate and Cadastre Project. Instead of the traditional year long process using planes at regional scale, we flew drones to create a complete high-resolution cadaster-quality map in 3 days. 2016 World Bank Innovation Award.

  • OpenTraffic in South Asia. The World Bank’s OpenTraffic initiative launched in the Philippines in late 2015. It uses real-time data from GrabTaxi, the region’s homegrown rival to Uber, to give planners a clearer picture of traffic flows. The data is also used to optimize traffic light timing and evaluate transport scenarios during peak-times, flooding, congestion, accidents, … FT article

  • Satellite State of Play. The satellite industry is undergoing a profound revolution on capabilities and assets. This open data, open source site aims to bridge a deep awareness gap. There are excellent examples of development projects using satellite assets. However, these islands of innovation remain confined to those already aware and interested in these options. If we are to mainstream operational value of satellites for development, we need many more development colleagues onboard. HuffPost article

  • Nightlights.io Eyes in the sky help track rural electrification. More than one billion people still lack access to electricity today. Governments and electric utilities around the world are mobilizing vast sums of money to close the access gap, especially in rural areas that are home to those lacking electricity. Nightlights.io analyzes the nightly light signatures of all 600,000 India villages for last 20-year period (from 1993 to 2013), and allows easy visualization of trends and comparative analysis. Truly Big Data, all using open data and open source. World Economic Forum Davos article

Mapbox – Chief Scientist

  • Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Overnight, in the wake of missing plane MH370 we partnered with satellite providers to consolidate all space search efforts, and to crowdsource its search within hours of each satellite image collection. Unfortunately, nothing was found, but many people around the world were able to contribute and found thousands of false positives, which lead to global coverage of the efforts in Skynews, Wired, …

  • Cloudless Satellite Images. One of the biggest problems of satellite images is the presence of clouds. At Mapbox, the satellite team created a pipeline to remove these clouds and improve their appearance using all available images for each pixel on Earth. 3 years later Google Maps used this method for mid-resolution zoom levels. Wired coverage of the method.

Climate Change Adaptation – Gain.org

Satellite & Rocket Science postdoc

  • Monitoring the Surface of the Sun. Magnetic activity in the Sun can disrupt our geomagnetic shield (“Space Weather”). At the time I used several NASA rockets and satellites to understand the origin and help predict incoming solar storms. One of the tools I develop consolidated several satellites into a live map of the solar surface as a whole and ballistic back-projected solar magnetically affecting the Earth. 6 years of the Solar surface

  • NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day. We created, at the time, the highest resolution images of the atmosphere and surface of the Sun. We used interferometric real-time correction plus post-facto speckle image reconstruction. The above movie and similar movies allow students and solar scientists to study how granules and sunspots evolve as well as how magnetic sunspot regions produce powerful solar flares. NASA APOD

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