February 2010

Algorithms developed by Professor Vipin Kumar (Computer Science and Engineering, MSI Fellow) and his team can be used to detect changes in forest cover due to fires, logging, and other events. Deforestation is an area of concern to scientists studying climate change. Professor Kumar’s software is being used by the Planetary Skin Institute as part of their effort to integrate data from sensors monitoring the earth. The graph shows changes in vegetation over time detected by the algorithm using satellite imagery. A story about the Kumar group’s work appeared in the Fall 2008 MSI Research Bulletin. The University News Service story about this work can be found here.