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Big Data Analytics for Earth Observation


Prof. Dr. Begüm Demir


Technische Universität Berlin
Einsteinufer 17, 10587 Berlin

Remote sensing, ML in EO applications, Big EO data analysis


The mission of the Senior Research Group led by Prof. Dr. Begüm Demir is to develop innovative AI-driven solutions for diverse earth observation (EO) problems. With advances in satellite technology, EO data archives are continuously growing with high speed, delivering an unprecedented amount of data on the state of our planet over time. For example, via the Copernicus Programme – the European flagship satellite initiative in EO – Sentinel satellites acquire roughly 12 terabyte (TB) of satellite images per day, and the total size of the Copernicus data archives is almost 20 petabytes (PB). The “big EO data” is a great source of information that is relevant for several varying EO applications, as for example climate change analysis, urban area studies, forestry applications, risk and damage assessment, water quality assessment or crop monitoring. To address challenging problems in this field, the research activities of this group lie at the intersection of remote sensing, data management and machine learning.

Devis Tuia, Konrad Schindler, Begüm Demir, Gustau Camps-Valls, Xiao Xiang Zhu, Mrinalini Kochupillai, Sašo Džeroski, Jan N. van Rijn, Holger H. Hoos, Fabio Del Frate, Mihai Datcu, Jorge-Arnulfo Quiané-Ruiz, Volker Markl, Bertrand Le Saux, Rochelle Schneider

Artificial intelligence to advance Earth observation: a perspective

May 15 , 2023

Prof. Dr. Begüm Demir

Research Group Lead

Leonhard Hackel BIFOLD researcher

Leonard Hackel

Doctoral Researcher