Google Earth Engine User Summit 2017

June 12, 2017 - June 14, 2017

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Tech Corners 2, 803 11th Avenue Sunnyvale, California , Mountain View, United States

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Rebecca Moore

Engineering Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine & Outreach

Rebecca Moore is a computer scientist and longtime software professional. At Google, she conceived and leads the Google Earth Outreach program, which supports nonprofits, communities and indigenous peoples around the world in applying Google's mapping tools to the world's pressing problems in areas such as environmental conservation, human rights and cultural preservation. Rebecca also initiated and leads the development of Google Earth Engine, a new technology platform which supports global-scale monitoring and protection of the earth’s environment. Rebecca received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University in Artificial Intelligence and a master’s degree from Stanford University. Her personal work using Google Earth was instrumental in stopping the logging of more than a thousand acres of redwoods in her Santa Cruz Mountain community.

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Luiz André Barroso

Google Fellow & VP of Engineering, Geo Platform

I am a Google Fellow, and the VP of Engineering for the Geo Platform team, the group responsible for collecting and curating maps, local and imagery data that powers our consumer products (such as Google Search and Google Maps). My technical interests that range from distributed systems software to the design of Google's computing platform. While at Google I have co-authored some well-cited articles on warehouse-scale computing, energy proportionality and storage system reliability. I also co-wrote "The Datacenter as a Computer", the first textbook to describe the architecture of warehouse-scale computing systems, now in its 2nd edition. I was previously a member of the research staff at Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq, where our group did some of the pioneering research on modern multi-core architectures. Some of those multi-core processors also use variants of the ring-based cache-coherency interconnects that were the subject of my doctoral research.

 

I am a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. I was the program chair of ACM ISCA'09, a keynote speaker at FCRC'11, SIGMOD'10, ASPLOS'09, and a National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lectureship awardee in 2012. I am currently serving at the National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. I hold B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro, and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California.

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Dave Thau

Manager of Developer Relations, Earth Engine and Earth Outreach

Dave Thau is the manager of developer relations for Google Earth Engine and Google Earth Outreach. He has created, and managed software development for, Webby Award winning websites, written a best-selling computer science textbook that has been translated into nine languages, and published scholarly papers in the field of data management. He joined Google in 2010, bringing with him 20 years of industry experience developing Internet-based applications with a focus on large image databases, geospatial systems, ecology and biodiversity. Thau holds degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a PhD in computer science from the University of California, Davis.

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Tyler Erickson

Developer Relations

Tyler focuses primarily on supporting Earth Engine partners who are working on water and climate analyses and the Python API. Prior to joining Google, he worked in academia and served as the Chair of the Technical Committee for AmericaView, a non-profit nationwide partnership of remote sensing scientists. Dr. Erickson holds graduate degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and in Geography from the California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of Colorado. His research has focused on water resources, particularly in the cryosphere, and on geostatistics for integrating geospatiotemporal environmental data across observational platforms.

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Noel Gorelick

Chief Extraterrestrial Observer

Noel is one of the founders of Google Earth Engine, and an author of Google Moon and Google Mars. Prior to Google, he worked on 6 NASA Mars missions and the Cassini mission to Saturn as well as several terrestrial hyper-spectral sensors and analysis systems.

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Matt Hancher

Engineering Manager, Google Earth Engine

Matt is one of the founders of Earth Engine and leads the engineering team. He spent his early years building robots at the MIT Media Lab, and before coming to Google he was a researcher at the NASA Ames Research Center, designing robots and processing Moon and Mars satellite data to prepare for future missions.

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Nick Clinton

Developer Relations

Nick Clinton is on the Earth Engine developer relations team. He received a bachelors, masters and PhD from the department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. From 2008-2011, Nick worked in the Airborne Sensor Facility of NASA Ames Research Center, producing science quality calibrated imagery and supporting sensor maintenance for thermal, multispectral and hyperspectral imagers. From 2012-2015, he was on the faculty of the Center for Earth System Science at Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China. He joined Google in 2015.

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John Bailey

Program Manager, Google Geo Education

Dr. John Bailey is a former volcanologist turned Googler who is English by birth, American by choice, and “could be from anywhere” based on his accent. As an undergraduate he studying physics & space science at the University of Kent at Canterbury and Penn State University, but decided there were limited fieldwork opportunities in space. So he switched to the far safer field of volcanology & remote sensing, moving to Hawaii to complete a MS and PhD. To balance the years in the tropics, fate then decided to send John to Alaska as a postdoc with the Alaska Volcano Observatory at the the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Finally after almost two decades in academia he decided he needed a new challenge and joined the Google Earth Outreach team as Program Manager for Geo Education. John loves to travel and explore new places and landscapes for himself. To date he has visited over fifty countries on six continents and will visit his seventh later this year. His goal is to teach knowledge, understanding and stewardship of the planet we live on through the use of Google’s Geo tools and other innovative technologies.

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Tanya Birch

Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach

Tanya Birch is a Program Manager at Google Earth Outreach. She studied Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and has been part of Google Earth Outreach since 2007 and at Google since 2003. Prior to Google, she researched human elephant conflict with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society. At Google, she established the grants program and now focuses on using Android mobile technology to collect and map field data.

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Christiaan Adams

Developer Advocate, Google Earth Outreach

Christiaan is a Developer Advocate, GIS specialist, and KML designer with the Google Earth Outreach team, where he helps nonprofits to use Google's online mapping tools to tell their stories, visualize their data, and share their work work with the world. Christiaan focuses on working with Crisis Response and Conservation organizations. His background is in Environmental Engineering, Technology Policy, GIS and international development. When he's not playing with digital maps, Christiaan can be found mountain biking, hiking, or "fixing" things in his workshop.

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Allie Lieber

Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach

Allie Lieber is a program manager on the Google Earth Outreach team. She manages the software grants program and is now focusing on health mapping.

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Chris Herwig

Program Manager, Google Earth Engine

Chris is a member of the Earth Engine team. A power user of the platform, Chris creates value-added derivative products for internal and external use using Earth Engine. He has analyzed the entire Landsat archive in Earth Engine more times than he can count. In his spare time, Chris likes to build furniture and play with his dog, Rocket.

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Andrew Chang

Software Engineer, Google Earth Engine

Andrew has been working on the Earth Engine's GUI and API, helping to bring exports and search to the Playground. You might also find him at Geo Education events assisting educators with Google's tools.

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Lauren Scott

Software Engineer, Google Earth Engine

Lauren has been a member of the Google Earth Engine frontend team since 2015.  She has notably worked on the User Interface API.

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Dusty Reid

Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach

Dusty has been with Google since 2006. He came to Google from the acquisition of SketchUp.  SketchUp was acquired to help put textured building in the first versions of Google Earth and has been involved with Google Earth ever since. His latest project has been to create the “Earth Wall” a massive display system that will be used at events and museums to showcase all the amazing projects and imagery Google has of the world.

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Michael DeWitt

Software Engineer, Google Earth Engine 

Michael has spent three years contributing to Earth Engine's backend functionality (adding vector export, resizable convolution kernels, and behind-the-scenes magic). He graduated with bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Simon Ilyushchenko

Climate Reliability Engineer

Simon has been at Google for 10 years. He started as an SRE (Site Reliability Engineer) on Google's storage infrastructure, and then later joined the Earth Engine team just as it was being formed, working primarily on data ingestion.

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Jeff Beis

Software Engineer, Google Earth Engine

Jeff has been with Earth Engine since the start of 2015, working on impementing new algorithms for the Earth Engine platform.

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Igor Nazarenko

Tech Lead, Earth Engine Backend

Igor has worked on Earth Engine team for 3.5 years, starting with image export.

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Mike Dixon

Software Engineer, Google Earth Engine

Over the years Mike’s limited attention span has taken him from building programming language implementations and embedded software for machine control at Xerox PARC, to a real-time collaboration platform at PlaceWare, to low-latency, large scale text analysis for Google News.  He has been with Earth Engine since the beginning.

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