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Space Informatics Lab
The Space Informatics Lab (SIL) has been established in March 2011 by Dr. Tomasz Stepinski at the University of Cincinnati. SIL is located within the Department of Geography. Its research is supported by the UC Space Exploration Research Fund, as well as research grants from the NSF and NASA.
SIL develops intelligent algorithms for fast and intuitive exploration of large spatial datasets. Numerous campaigns for remotely sensing the Earth and other planets from spacecraft resulted in vast and rapidly expanding quantity of data having global geographical extent. Without effective tools for automating mapping and analysis of this deluge of data, the ability of geoscience and planetary communities to get insights from the entirety of the collected data is limited. SIL aims at development of tools which would make intelligent exploration of vast spatial data accessible and intuitive.
Several key technologies enabling such tools are currently under development. These include SameSense technology that quantifies an overall similarity between two spatial localities on the basis of all available attributes, Geomorphons that is a machine vision-based method for fast and robust mapping of landform elements from digital elevation models (DEMs), and LandEx that is a web-based visual query and retrieval tool build around the SameSense technology
The tool LandEx-USA V1.0 is now available online. It uses the National Land Cover Dataset 2006 to enable example-based query for localities across the United States having pattern of land cover similar to user-selected reference. If you are new to LandEx, read user guide first before using LandEx.
The tool DataEye-USA V1.0 is now available online. It's a GeoWeb-based viewer that provides access to datasets we have developed. This version provides access to 30 meters/cell resolution geomorphometric map of the entire conterminous United States constructed using Geomorphons method. Access to several other US-wide, public domain datasets is also provided.
Postdoctoral position available. The Space Informatics Lab (SIL) offers a postdoctoral positions in the area of space informatics. See the details
LPSC 2013. Paper entitled "Mineral composition of gully features within Hale crater, Mars" by E. J. Allender and A. Lucieer was presented at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 18-23, 2013, Woodlands, Texas preprint.
IGARSS 2013. Paper entitled "Pattern-based assessment of 2001/2006 land cover change over the entire United States" by P. Netzel and T.F. Stepinski has been accepted and will be presented at IGARSS 2013, July 21-26, 2013, Melbourne, Australia preprint.