The Department of Computer Science, supported by a gift from Google, will hold a 3-day workshop to introduce female undergraduate students with an interest in computer science, to research experiences, provide them with information about graduate school, and provide them with an opportunity to interact with current graduate students. The department has a long history of working to increase the enrollment of women in our undergraduate program, This workshop expands those concerted efforts to our graduate program. Special thanks to Google and the CS faculty Laura Brown, Jean Mayo, Linda Ott, and Leo Ureel. The workshop will be held on the weekend of April 6 at Michigan Technological University in Houghton.
The system is called the Integrated Flood Stage Observation Network (IFSON) and can take crowdsourced flood data, like smartphone photos, webcams and social media posts, then use image processing to assess flood stage and potential damage. Later versions of the app will use machine learning techniques. With those risks identified, IFSON can communicate flood information to first responders in real time. The platform will be adaptable for different neighborhoods and communities.
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