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Lets hope we will find you, Dr. Gray. February 3, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in CMU, life, science.
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Going after the geek. Amazing stuff.

On Tuesday evening, as the Coast Guard’s search continued, Joseph M. Hellerstein, a computer science professor at the University of California, Berkeley, sent out an e-mail message with the subject: “Urgent … Jim Gray.” One recipient, Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, wrote back within an hour, and offered to enlist Google Earth’s satellite imaging expertise.

Similarly, Microsoft’s Virtual Earth division, is having satellites capture high-resolution imagery in an area along the coastline and will post the images for volunteers to scrutinize. Microsoft is also collecting radar satellite images which penetrate clouds and is using them together with its Oceanview software, which can automatically detect vessels.

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