Blogs

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GMTaC blog posts are written by student and faculty lab affiliates and explore various topics related to research projects, events, and workshops.

Demystifying Mapping: GMTaC’s GIS/Lidar Workshop

Published on December 11th, 2018A blog post by Research Assistant Rachel Thompson ’19.  Self-driving cars, home insurance rates, drone surveillance, and water resources management might seem like disparate areas, but the truth is that if it can be mapped, chances are it requires GIS, lidar, or both. GIS, standing for […]

Lessons from the “Moving the Future” Conference

Published on November 30th, 2018A blog post by GMTaC Affiliate Graduate Student Alan Zhang. Moving the Future is a conference at Harvard Business School hosted jointly by the Aerospace and Aviation Club and Transportation, Infrastructure, and Logistics Club. I attended panel discussions and keynotes led by industry executives, and came […]

An Overlooked Need: Mental Health Care in Post-Disaster Situations

Published on November 30th, 2018A blog post by Kari Stromhaug. It seems like we hear about a new disaster every few weeks — or even every few days. There are always campaigns popping up on Facebook encouraging donations for the latest disaster. And in the repeated news coverage, social media […]

Chinese Koi Fish Goes Overseas

Published on November 17th, 2018Koi, the colored carp(锦鲤 Jinli), has long been held as a symbol of good fortune in the Chinese culture. As told in a fairly well-known folk tale, koi in the Yellow River would swim against the tide towards the dragon-gate mountain, and those who can leap […]

Visualizing Space at the 2018 AGI Expo

Published on November 16th, 2018A blog post by GMTaC Affiliate Graduate Student Alan Zhang. A tremendous amount of human activity plays out in space. Commercial, military, and non-governmental organizations operate projects across various orbits around our planet. However, as space is out of view for most people, the public imagination […]

Chasing Rubber Tanks: Are Surface-Level Observations Reliable?

Published on October 22nd, 2018A blog post by GMTaC Affiliate Graduate Student Alan Zhang. June 6, 1944 is a date remembered for Normandy, but an unprecedented military effort was at the same time on its way to Pas de Calais, a stage few miles north. It was to be the […]

Remote Sensing and the Challenges of Visual Quantity

Published on October 3rd, 2018A blog post by GMTaC Affiliate Graduate Student Alan Zhang. For decades, our planet has been imaged from space. Though people may think immediately of Google Maps in this regard, satellites capture more than cities and streets, and they are commanded by organizations beyond the tech […]