Data Science Work That Matters


Imagine being able to hold a geographic information system (GIS) in your hands, feel the shape of the earth, sculpt its topography, and direct the flow of water. Researchers at NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics have made this novel idea a reality with Tangible Landscape, an open source tangible interface powered by GRASS GIS that physically and interactively manifests geospatial data so that users can naturally feel it, shape it, and immediately see results projected onto the 3-D model. This makes GIS far more intuitive and accessible for beginners, empowers geospatial experts, and creates exciting new opportunities for data scientists and developers alike – like gaming with GIS. Tangible Landscape is now being applied to tackle complex real world problems, from controlling the spread of wildfire or emerging infectious diseases to understanding the impacts of storm hazards.

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  • Free course on Learning to Use the NCSU Blade Center on October 5th & 6th at AFH on Avent Ferry Road. More info, here.
  • Join Dr. Ingrid Daubechies on Tuesday October 10th, 2017 at 5:30PM in Mountains Ballroom in Talley Student Union for an exciting discussion on mathematical algorithms and art conservation! For abstract and more info, see DSI RED Talks.
  • Data Matters 2017 took place in Hunt Library August 7-11. For a full recap of the week long short course training in Data Science, see DSI News.
  • NC State has been awarded a $414,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the advancement of tools and techniques for developing and sharing large-scale visual content for research.


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