Matrix was honored to co-sponsor Geospatial Analysis for International Development (Geo4Dev), a two-day symposium and workshop held September 6-7, 2017 focused on the application of remote sensing and geospatial analysis to address issues of poverty, sustainable development, urbanization, climate change, and economic growth in developing countries.
The symposium featured scientific presentations and posters form leading researchers who are using analytics from a multitude of disciplines. Satellite imagery has immense potential to gain understanding into changes within human populations and their environments. In this symposium, researchers discuss how satellite data can be used to estimate poverty, monitor power outages, assess the impact of war on water resources, estimate costs of road investments, and more.
The Geo4Dev Symposium solicited papers to be presented at the event through an open call. Selected papers were also eligible for an opportunity to submit to Development Engineering: The Journal of Engineering in Economic Development.
Below are videos from select presentations:
Welcome and Keynote: The Global Sensing Inversion
Ran Goldblatt, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Diego, Big Pixel Initiative; Joe Mascaro, Director of Academic Programs, Planet.
Whose Power Gets Cut? Using High-Frequency Satellite Images To Monitor Electricity Access and Power Outages
Brian Min, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Satellite-based Monitoring of Inaccessible Reservoirs and Application to War-torn Syria
Mark Muller, Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
The Next Frontier for Remote Sensing in the Analysis of Economic Development
Gordon Hanson, Acting Dean, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy
Satellite Imagery and Small Area Poverty Estimation
Tom Swartz, Data Scientist, Orbital Insight
Supervised Image Classification of LC/LU by Means of Remote Sensing: Mapping Built-Up Land Cover in Vietnam
Ran Goldblatt, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Diego, Big Pixel Initiative
Detecting and Characterizing Informal Settlements Using Satellite Imagery
Nikhil Kaza, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Measuring Economic Well-being from Space
Marshall Burke, Assistant Professor, Stanford University
Building the City: Urban Transition and Institutional Frictions
Tanner Regan, PhD Candidate, London School of Economics
Benefits and Costs of Road Investments in Africa: Using Geospatial Data to Plan for Investments
Claudia Berg, Economist, International Monetary Fund
The Spatial Structure of Endowments, Trade, and Inequality: Evidence from the Global Climate
Kyle Meng, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Barbara
Local Incentives and National Tax Evasion: Unintended Effects of a Mining Reform in Colombia
Santiago Saavedra, Stanford University/Universidad del Rosario
To learn more about this event, please see www.geo4dev.com.
- Research Highlights