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January 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

Qingkai Kong,  University of California, Berkeley

Title:  When Earth Science Meets Data Science S (MyShake – Building a global smartphone seismic network)


In this talk, I will show one of the projects I am working on – MyShake, building a global smartphone seismic network. This is a crowdsourcing project that harnesses the sensors inside the smartphones to detect earthquakes. For the first part of the talk I will discuss the motivations behind the project and the steps we took to address the key challenges to build the network. With a global release of the application on Feb 2016, we got more than 250,000 downloads and built a global network across 6 continents within less than a year. Until Jan 1st 2017, MyShake network have recorded more than 450 earthquakes globally ranging from M2.5 to M7.8. Furthermore, the real-time data and waveform data collected from the network have great potential applications both in Earth science and data science. Going beyond MyShake, there are also two main projects I will develop in the near future: large-scale sensor arrays and machine learning applications in seismology (Earth science). In summary, when Earth science meets data science, both fields will benefit from new data, new methods, new infrastructures, and new frontiers.


January 23, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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