Bruno is committed to bringing the value of “Impact Science”. He has experience in the public sector (World Bank); the private sector (Mapbox Chief Scientist, Satellogic VP for Social Impact); NGOs (Director of S&T at climate change NGO “Gain”); and academia (Ph.D. astrophysics, rocket science postdoc with NRL/JAXA/NASA).

Bruno was awarded Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and it is a member of their Expert’s Network. Bruno was also a Mirzayan Science Policy Fellow of the US National Academies of Sciences.

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Impact Science

Transferability of Big Data, AI, Data Science tools and innovation into other domains. E.g.:

  • Deep Tech advisory. We established the “Druid Collective” to help startups with a very complex science or technology base around the world to bring their breakthrough potential from labs to real-world impact. E.g., Marck Pollock Trust and curing paralysis (see video).

  • Strategic advice for the UAE Statistical Innovation Authority as a 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 for-profit social 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.

Satellogic – VP Social Impact

  • “Open Impact” Program. “Open Impact” is a technical program to help accelerate the use of satellite images for Social Impact projects, especially using hyperspectral data. We believe Hyperspectral (having many spectral bands, beyond the typical three of red, green and blue) can have a huge potential. Historically hyperspectral has not been available outside of military applications or in minimal supply. The Open Impact program includes access to Terabytes of data, software development tutorials, and a series of proto-ideas and code to help start potential social impact projects, e.g., around coastal degradation, water quality, change detection or agricultural accessibility.

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 (landowners) 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 a 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

  • 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. 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 –

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 real-time interferometric 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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