Outreach

We are proud of our consistent and energetic commitment to education and future workforce development in geospatial science and technology as well as community service.  Group members actively collaborate with faculty and students from leading academic programs and work with K-12 students of the region.  A number of group members have joint affiliations with other universities and in those capacities they offer classes and directly mentor graduate students.  College faculty and students, with backgrounds in geography, earth sciences, computer and computational sciences, engineering, and social sciences, can engage with our research program in several ways.

  • DOE national laboratory internship opportunities allow faculty members and students to spend one or more academic terms at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  For more information about these programs, please visit the ORNL Educational and Research Experience site.
  • DOE Research Alliance for Math and Science (RAMS) program.
  • We continuously have opportunities for pos-BS, post-MS, and post-doctoral candidates to spend 1-3 years working on various research projects.
  • University of Tennessee students can earn college credit by enrolling in a specially designed course to gain research experience in geospatial science and technology (Geography 430) where one can spend up to twenty hours in a semester working with a group member on a project.

Highlights of our research and education outreach program include:

  • Mentoring students successful in obtaining fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, and Universities for pursuing graduate degrees.  Some of our recent students have been recruited by graduate programs at UC Santa Barbara, Penn State University, Purdue University, and the University of Tennessee.
  • Mentoring a DOE Computational Sciences Graduate Fellow in Computational Geography.
  • Multiple DOE Outstanding Mentor Awards for our staff.
  • Coaching Oak Ridge High School students in geospatial science for the National Science Bowl.
  • Raising geography awareness at local elementary and high schools.
If you are interested in participating any of these programs, please contact Budhendra Bhaduri or individual group members.

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Highlights

Machine Vision and Applications proposes a new method to infer road networks from GPS trace data and accurately segment road regions in high resolution aerial images
Congratulations to the authors Jiangye Yuan, Anil M. Cheriyadat, Robert Stewart, Marie Urban, Sam Duchscherer, Jason Kaufman, April Morton, Gautam Thakur, Jesse Piburn, and Jessica Moehl

A Bayesian model for integrating population domain knowledge with open source data under uncertainty
Understanding building occupancy is critical to a wide array of applications including natural hazards loss analysis, green building technologies, and population distribution modeling.

Lab's Smart Grid Visualization Research Featured in IEEE Newsletter [June, 2012]
An article titled "Virtualization of the Evolving Power Grid" and authored by Olufemi Omitaomu, Alex Sorokine and Varun Chandola in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division has been published in the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter.

New ORNL Tool Developed to Assess Global Freshwater Stress [March 23, 2012]
New method to make better use of vast amounts of data related to global geography, population and climate may help determine the relative importance of population increases vs. climate change.

Off the Map [March 2012]
After the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast along Sendai, Japan, a special team at the software company Esri quickly jumped into action.

New ORNL Technology to help KUB Customers Understand Their Bill
January 27, 2012, WATE.COM – If you think there's a problem with your utility charges or how your meter's being read, all you may be able to do is call your utility company.

Grid Visualization Efforts Helped Heal After Hurricane
September 26, 2011 – By many counts, Irene was the worst hurricane the U.S. East Coast has had to contend with since 2003. For those inland areas hit hardest by flooding, restoration will likely continue for years.

Joplin, Missouri Tornado: Do People Fail to Respond to Tornado Warnings?
Jenniffer Santos-Hernandez at Oak Ridge National Laboratory helped conduct a phone survey of more than 600 people in Oklahoma, Kansas, Minnesota, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama.