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Events for April 6, 2017 - February 22, 2018

April 2017

Touching Spatio-Temporal Data Through Haptic Robots. Adding More ‘Sense’ to GIS

April 06, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Eller O&M Bldg., Room 807

This presentation will introduce the use of haptic robots to ‘touch’ spatially distributed data of complex mulit-variate systems. The technology to dive into these systems has been developed by the Haptic group at the Stochastic Geomechanics Laboratory (SGL).

Applications: Environment
Science: Education, Engineering
Technology: Land, Sea

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Effect of Land Use Change on Flows and Floodplains in the Houston Area

April 20, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Eller O&M Bldg., Room 807

The effect of urbanization on stream flows and floodplain extent in the rapidly developing Whiteoak and Sims Bayou watersheds in the Houston area, Texas, is studied.

Technology: Air, Land
Applications: Environment, Society
Science: Education, Engineering, Government & Economics

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September 2017

Risk Assessment for Landslides Using Bayesian Networks and Remote Sensing

September 07, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Eller O&M Bldg. Rm 807

LiDAR derived information such as a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) and a Canopy Height Model (CHM) from a selected area of the Oregon Coast Range was used to develop a set of hazard and risk index maps.

Applications: Environment
Science: Education, Engineering, Government & Economics
Technology: Land

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Payload Directed Flight For Near Real-Time Decision Support Assessing Spatio-Temporal Scale- Dependencies for Earth Science

September 21, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Eller O&M Bldg. Rm 807

This presentation summarizes the current, in development, and planned future capabilities of the Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory with respect to payload directed flight in support of Earth science data collection.

Technology: Air
Applications: Society
Science: Education, Engineering, Information Science

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October 2017

Advanced Geomorphometric Approaches for Understanding Mountain Environments

October 05, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Eller O&M Bldg. Rm 807

The relationship between topographic form and surface process, though qualitatively well-­understood, is numerically poorly characterized. Identifying, mapping, and characterizing surface processes using machine visualization and automation demands that topographic forms be formalized in mathematical language and that relationships to the polygenetic heritage of geomorphic form be evaluated in a hierarchical, context-­sensitive manner.

Applications: Environment
Science: Education, Geosciences, Information Science
Technology: Land

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Ground Penetrating Radar: Uncovering the ‘Hidden Half’

October 19, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Eller O&M Bldg. Rm 807

Alfredo Delgado Deparment of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University Graduate Student Abstract GPR is an existing and rapidly evolving technology that can be used as a high throughput, non-­destructive-­3­‐dimensional imaging method – for quantifying root mass. With the ability to detect subtle differences in the soil media, GPR has often been utilized as a small cross-­section near-­surface object detection tool. GPR technology has been utilized to nondestructively image…

Science: Agriculture & Life Sciences, Education
Applications: Environment
Technology: Land

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November 2017

Advances in LiDAR Data Processing: From Waveform to Photon Counting LiDAR

November 02, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Eller O&M Bldg. Rm 807

the overall goal of the research is to develop algorithms for FW and PCL data processing to explore their potential in real-world applications such as tree species identification and to quantify the uncertainty of model building, data processing, and applications steps.

Applications: Environment
Science: Education, Geosciences, Information Science
Technology: Land

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Z-Curve: A Geographical Projection of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellites Systems) Signal, Time, and Position

November 16, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Eller O&M Bldg. Rm 807

This talk presents a novel geometric model to characterize the zero-­crossing curve (or z-­curve) for the signals emitted by a pair of GNSS satellites, which is the intersection of the Earth surface and the z‐surface that has zero difference in its pseudoranges to the two satellites.

Applications: Environment
Science: Education, Engineering
Technology: Space

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February 2018

Planetary Geology: Science and Operations

February 08, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Eller O&M Bldg., Room 807

This talk provides an overview of science and operation decision making with examples from the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, and discusses opportunities to explore engineering and operations in analog planetary environments.

Applications: Economic, Society
Science: Engineering, Government & Economics, Physics & Astronomy
Technology: Land, Space

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Probing Methane in Air with Infrared Sources

February 22, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Eller O&M Bldg., Room 807

Dr. Hans A. Schuessler Department of Physics and Astronomy Professor & Chair of Optical and Biomedical Physics Abstract High resolution spectroscopy in the infra-red has been employed for monitoring atmospheric pollution with a variety of techniques. Here we report on recent advances using broadband mid-infrared frequency combs in dual comb spectroscopy, and narrow band diode lasers in cavity ring-down and wavelength modulation spectroscopies for the detection of methane in ambient…

Technology: Air
Applications: Environment
Science: Physics & Astronomy

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