Google at Yale: A Meeting of the Minds on Geotechnology

Event time: 
Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 9:00am to Friday, February 22, 2013 - 7:00pm
Location: 
17 Hillhouse Ave New Haven, CT 06511 See map
Event description: 

This February 21st and 22nd, Yale and Google will join forces to host a two-day workshop designed to address the emergence of geotechnology in addressing global problems. This workshop will include round table discussions on the use of Google’s Geo platforms in research and education, 4 hand-on training sessions that will teach highly practical tools which researchers and educators can use to collect, host, analyze, visualize, and publish map data using the power of the cloud, and a panel discussion between Yale researchers and Google Developers on “Geotechnology and the Future of Sustainability.”

Please register for the workshop here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5268618580 Current Schedule

Thursday 2/21

9:00 am - 10:00 am 
An Introduction to Google Platforms
Location: Teal Classroom in 17 Hillhouse Ave, Yale University

10:00 am - 12:00 am
Workshop 1: Google Maps Engine
Location: Teal Classroom in 17 Hillhouse Ave, Yale University

About Google Maps Engine:
Google Maps Engine is a scalable, powerful and secure platform for building and publishing your maps using the power of the Google cloud. Realize the full potential of your geospatial data by securely sharing your maps with anyone over a variety of devices. Learn more at http://www.google.com/enterprise/mapsearth/products/mapsengine.html

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Workshop 2: Google Earth Engine Intro
Location: Teal Classroom in 17 Hillhouse Ave, Yale University

About Google Earth Engine
Google Earth Engine brings together the world’s satellite imagery — trillions of scientific measurements dating back almost 40 years — and makes it available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations to mine this massive warehouse of data to detect changes, map trends and quantify differences on the Earth’s surface. Applications include: detecting deforestation, classifying land cover, estimating forest biomass and carbon, and mapping the world’s roadless areas. Learn more at http://earthengine.google.org/

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Rapid Fire Sessions: Yale Researchers on Google Earth Engine
Location: Teal Classroom in 17 Hillhouse Ave, Yale University
(This is designed as a small, structured discussion and is not part of public registration. Please contact peter.christensen@yale.edu if you would like to attend)

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Round Table Discussion: The Future of Geo Education
Location: Teal Classroom in 17 Hillhouse Ave, Yale University
(This is designed as a small, structured discussion and is not part of public registration. Please contact peter.christensen@yale.edu if you would like to attend)

Friday 2/22

9:00 am - 11:00 am 
Workshop 3: Google Earth Engine API
Location: Bowers Auditorium Sage Hall, Yale University

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Workshop 4: Google Open Data Kit
Location: Bowers Auditorium Sage Hall, Yale University

About Mobile Data Collection with Open Data Kit
More and more organizations are using mobile devices to collect data in the field. Open Data Kit (ODK) is a suite of tools that allows data collection using Android mobile devices and data submission to an online server, even without an Internet connection or mobile carrier service at the time of data collection. Streamline the data collection process with ODK Collect by replacing traditional paper forms with electronic forms that allow text, numeric data, GPS, photo, video, barcodes, and audio uploads to an online server. You can host your data online using Google’s powerful hosting platform, AppEngine, manage your data using ODK Aggregate and visualize your data as a map using Google Fusion Tables and Google Earth. Created by developers at the University of Washington’s Computer Science and Engineering department and members of Change, Open Data Kit is an open-source project available to all. Learn more at http://earth.google.com/outreach/tutorial_odk_gettingstarted.html

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Workshop 5: Train the Trainer
Location: Bowers Auditorium Sage Hall, Yale University

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Geotechnology and the Future of Sustainability: A Panel Discussion with Rebecca Moore (Google), Professor Karen Seto (Yale), Professor Walter Jetz (Yale), and Professor Dana Tomlin (Yale) 
Location: Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Geotechnology and the Future of Sustainability Reception
Location: Knoblach Center (3rd Floor), Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St

The Google Team

Rebecca Moore, Engineering Manager, Google Earth Outreach and Earth Engine: Rebecca Moore is a computer scientist and longtime software professional. At Google, she conceived and leads the Google Earth Outreach program, which supports nonprofits, communities and indigenous peoples around the world in applying Google’s mapping tools to the world’s pressing problems in areas such as environmental conservation, human rights and cultural preservation. Rebecca also initiated and leads the development of Google Earth Engine, a new technology platform which supports global-scale monitoring and protection of the earth’s environment. Rebecca received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University in Artificial Intelligence and a master’s degree from Stanford University. Her personal work using Google Earth was instrumental in stopping the logging of more than a thousand acres of redwoods in her Santa Cruz Mountain community

Karin Tuxen-Bettman, Geo Specialist: Karin helps nonprofits use Google’s mapping tools for their work, focusing much of her work on helping them with visualization GIS data in the tools, as well as getting better imagery for the areas where they work, including high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery and ground-level Street View imagery.

David Thau, Senior Developer Advocate, Google Earth Engine: Dave Thau helps scientists, NGOs, and other partners build software and algorithms that run on Earth Engine, Google’s geo analysis platform. Prior to joining Google, Dave worked for many years helping ecologists and biodiversity researchers integrate their systems into distributed collaborative networks.

Tina Ornduff, Program Manager: Tina leads the Google Earth and Maps Education Outreach efforts at Google and has worked with the technology instruction for over 20 years. Tina is passionate about geographic literacy and its importance for students of all ages. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Educational Technology at Boise State University. She is a Bay Area native and lives with her family in Morgan Hill, California. She enjoys triathlons and running.