Microsoft announces Virtual Earth and SensorMap grant competition winners

Microsoft has awarded over $1.1 million in grants to winners in their Virtual Earth and SensorMap grant competitions. The SensorMap project include work on Harvard’s CitySense project, which will utilize a network of 100 sensors aroudn Cambridge, Mass. that record various types of data related to local conditions, such as current weather and traffic levels. The data will then be published on the SensorMap platform. There are a number of other interesting projects related to various types of sensors and data collection, as well as dealing with issues of integrating different types of data into the SensorMap platform.

The Virtual Earth winners hint at some of the research priorities Microsoft is interested in, including local search, building 3D models from photos (a winning proposal from Steve Seitz of the University of Washington, one of the people behind PhotoTourism, which is part of the Photosynth project), and utilizing StreetSide imagery to help generate models. Basically, all the winning projects are looking to further refine the ability to representate and navigate 3D virtual representations of the world around us.

I’ve only really touched on a small portion of the winning proposals, so for a full list of winners of these and other Microsoft Research grant programs, head to the Research Funding Opportunities page, and click on the individual grant competitions.

Via InfoWorld

Making a geobloggers poster for AAG

Next week at the AAG I would like to put up a poster during the Geospatial Technology Event with a little info on the community and the technologies (blogging and podcasting) that enables our social networking frenzy. As part of the poster I would like to include the names, logos and links of the sites that are interested. If you would like your site included on the poster please email Jesse your site name, logo (if you have one), link and a one sentence description of the site. Please send these materials no later than Thursday April 12. I will put a draft of the poster up by Saturday and I will print it on Monday.

Scanning and printing 3D Objects

The New York Times has an article on the use of laser scanning and ‘printing’ 3D objects that is pretty interesting. It is amazing how much the prices on 3D scanners have dropped given the relative increase in features. We have worked with an old Cyrex that the Virtual Environments Lab at WVU has and you can buy a new Leica (who bought Cyra a few years back) with better everything for less than half the price. Aaahhh, technology.

Beaming Up 3-D Objects on a Budget – New York Times

New Poll: Conferences

Well, we tell you about upcoming events every week…we even update the calendar occasionally, but we are curious how often you get to hang with your fellow geography geeks at geography conferences or geospatial tech events. Social networking 1.0 at its best. Take the poll and let us know how many conferences you are going to attend in 2007.