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National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" receives a Google Earth Engine Research Award 2016

National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" receives a Google Earth Engine Research Award 2016 and has become the first university in Ukraine that joined this initiative of Google (Alphabet). Prof. Andrii Shelestov (NTUU KPI) and PhD Sergii Skakun (The University of Maryland, USA) are receivers of the grant.

Prof. Shelestov and his team received the award for the project devoted to land cover mapping for big areas with use of optical and SAR data on the basis of Google Earth Engine (GEE) cloud platform.

Prof. Shelestov said that during the last several years satellite data in high resolution became available for free, but requirements for data processing and storage are increased significantly while GEE platform allows scientists to work in the field of Earth Observation with use of powerful Google cloud platform . The task of land cover mapping is one of the priority tasks within the new 10-year work plan of the Group of Earth Research GEO and promising area of research, that will raise the international scientific activity of NTU "KPI" to a new level of quality".

Google Earth Engine Research Awards are received by the most rated Universities in the world (among last years winners mainly famous Universities from USA such as Stanford University, Yale and Maryland Universities, as well as several Universities from Europe). Recipients are selected through a comprehensive internal review process. These Awards are aimed to support the work of world-class permanent faculty members at top universities around the world. Full list of winners is available via link.

As the Google Earth Engine Team says while we do significant in-house research and engineering, we also maintain strong ties with academic institutions worldwide pursuing innovative research in core areas relevant to our mission. As part of that vision, the Google Earth Engine Research Awards program aims to identify and support world-class, full-time faculty pursuing research in areas of mutual interest.


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