Global Connection: National Geographic, Google Earth and Carnegie Mellon
Senior Editor, New Media
Chief Scientist, Google Earth
Project Scientist, Global Connection project
Auditorium (NSH 1305)
Refreshments 3:15 pm
Talk 3:30 pm
Technology can be used to humanize cultures around the world, and the Global Connection Project has brought together three major institutions to surmount the challenge of making far-away locales and cultures more richly explored and shared by communities of explorers. The technologies of image manipulation and panoramic imaging, using both spatial and temporal browsing, help make far-away places alive by enabling software-based exploration and discovery of those locales. The technologies developed by the Global Connection effort have expanded in application from cultural understanding to disaster recovery imaging, hinting at significant future growth opportunities in community-based and real-time spatial browsing. This symposium presents the perspectives of National Geographic, Google Earth and Carnegie Mellon in pursuit of our goals, including technologies and services in the Global Connection pipeline for community-based, gigapixel panoramic imaging.
Valerie May is Senior Editor of New Media at National Geographic. Valerie has spearheaded the magazine’s new media efforts since 2000 when she conceptualized and launched ngm.com. The award-winning site focuses on presenting the magazine’s material in Web-specific ways with integrated multimedia, interactive features, blogs, and cutting-edge technologies that showcase the magazine’s traditional narrative mission. Under May’s leadership, the Web site has scored several industry firsts. Those include live, streaming video and audio via satellite from a remote African watering hole. Another achievement was the use of a Webcam to document – in real-time – the migration of sandhill cranes as they rest from their travels in an ages-old sanctuary along the
Michael Jones is Chief Scientist of Google Earth at Google Inc. Michael is perhaps best known in connection with IRIS Performer. He was Director of Engineering at Silicon Graphics Inc. and responsible for the entire array of graphics software such as OpenGL and IRIS Performer. Active in technical conferences, he has represented industry concerns at SIGGRAPH Executive Committee sessions and has published numerous technical papers in the fields of mathematics and computer graphics. His patent work ranges from high-quality texture filtering to interactive lighting and shadow techniques.
Randy Sargent is Project Scientist for the Global Connection project at