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About pauldtar

Post-doc researcher at the University of Manchester. Working on software to automate the process of analysing images of planets.

Open Science

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Most people with a passing interest in technology will be familiar with the concept of “open source” products. This is where all the inner details of a piece of software or technological work is shared openly with anybody wishing to … Continue reading

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Report on IMSC 2013

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The recent 16th International Mars Society Convention at University of Colorado, Boulder, comprised 4 days of packed plenary sessions, outreach programs and presentations from an eclectic crowd of enthusiastic experts, students and amateurs. NASA scientists and engineers described their work … Continue reading

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Thank Zoo for the data

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This post will be about two things: firstly, giving a big thank you to all those who have helped our project over the past few months; and secondly, providing a summary of where we are going next. For those unfamiliar … Continue reading

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Map the Planets and Moon Zoo Join Forces to Explore Lunar Craters

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Scientists saw the Earth from a new perspective on 24th October, 1946, when a V-2 rocket lifted the first ever space-bound camera above New Mexico on a short sub-orbital flight. From an altitude of 65 miles, a 35-millimeter motion picture … Continue reading

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Putting the ‘science’ in imaging science

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Making measurements is the cornerstone of the empirical sciences and making measurements automatically from planetary images is what we’ve been trying to do for the past few years. In particular we’d like to measure the areas of different types of … Continue reading

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Planet mapping via computer vision

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We are working on a research project to create an automated planetary image analysis system. The goal is to teach a computer, using examples, how to recognise features such as craters, dunes etc. The computer will then make measurements of … Continue reading

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