Big Pixel Initiative Develops Remote Sensing Analysis to Help Map Global Urbanization

UC San Diego News Center, 9/14/2016

An interdisciplinary research team developed a large dataset of 21,030 high-resolution satellite images of India labeled for whether they show built-up areas. The dataset can be used as input to algorithms for detecting urban areas; for example, the team used it to map urbanization in India. This allows scientists and governments to study changes in urbanization and industrialization over time.

Protecting Privacy in Genomic Databases

MIT News, 8/9/2016

Researchers at MIT and Indiana Univerity are developing differential privacy techniques that add a small amount of random noise to queries on large genetic databases. This means databases can be made more openly available without (as much) risking the privacy of the individuals whose genetic data is in them. Includes a description of the potential privacy attacks being mitigated, and notes the scientific consequences of having to worry about privacy-compromising attacks on health databases.