Module 1 - AI, Big Data Analytics and Data visualisation

5 topics

How AI, deep learning, 3D visualisation and associated innovations are being harnessed to meet the ever growing data analytics and data navigation challenges.

Course summary video

Welcome to the ‘Earth Observation – Disruptive Technology and New Space MOOC’

1a – AI, Big Data Analytics and Data Visualisation – Overview

Earth Observation (EO) provides us with a vast and diverse amount of useful and important data daily. This data is vital for numerous uses and provides us with a global insight that would otherwise be impossible to collect on this scale.

1b – Storytelling with Data

In this video, Omar Fayed and Lyndon-Marc Adade from EarthX, and Andrew MacPherson from 3DEO, talk about data visualisation and storytelling with data.

1c – The role of citizen science in Big Data Analytics

Citizen science involves members of the general public collaborating with scientists on a project.

1d – The view from business - more examples

In this video Philip Briscoe talks about Rezatec - a Geospatial Data Analysts company, and Alexis Hannah Smith talks about IMGeospatial

Module 2 - The New ‘Internet of Data’

4 topics

The revolution occurring in the data storage, management and processing infrastructure, especially with respect to advances in Cloud and Blockchain.

2a – The New ‘Internet of Data’ – Overview

With the enormous growth of permanent EO data that has come from the Copernicus programme and the development of the space industry, we are now bringing in new technologies that are beginning to transform space.

2b – New EO business models enabled by the cloud

Cloud computing is the delivery of computed resources, including applications and data centres, over the internet.

2c – Blockchain - enabling greater trust in the data

In this video Stephen, Manfred and Carston talk about Blockchain and its role in satellite data.

2d – The scale of cloud-based processing and storage

In this video Bryan Lawrence and Jonathon Churchill take you around the JASMIN data centre and archive, showing it’s capabilities, scale and servers.

Module 3 - EO – What Comes Next…

3 topics

Insights into the impact of New Space technologies and business models on EO applications and innovations; and a look ahead to how novel applications will change the EO landscape in coming years.

3a – EO – What comes next… – Overview

In recent years we are seeing the fruition of past years of excitement within the space industry come to light. People are now developing satellites today to be launched within months in order to anticipate the needs of the market and their commercial partners in around a years time.

3b – Smart sensors and Space 4.0

In this video we will look at how the advancements in the reduction in costs and miniaturisation of technology, are creating and helping to fuel development and disruptive innovation across the EO and space industry, and what these disruptive technologies and innovations are.

3c – Open data, collaboration and skills

By mixing various skills from a range of different sectors such as machine learning, quantum computing and data fusion, and partnering with companies across Europe we hope to further innovation and capabilities within EO. Through this we hope to find scaleable solutions to problems

Module 4 - Responding to Digital Trends

6 topics

This new module explores how ESA is responding to the digitial trends highlighted in previous modules and the real-world impact emerging from ESA’s Phi innovation strategy.

4a - Innovation, innovation, innovation

ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes Dr Josef Aschbacher talks about European Leadership and industry partnerships in EO, the rise of AI, the economic benefits of EO, open science, and how Φ-lab brings this all together.

4b - Rise of AI - EO Data Applications

This video looks at the rise of AI and how it is advantagous to the EO domain.

4c - On-orbit AI & Edge Computing

AI is not only changing the way in which satellite data can be analysed on the ground, it is also beginning to be used on-board the satellites themselves when in orbit.

4d - Collaborating to Support EO Science in Society

The Φ-lab at ESA was set up with the mission of supporting collaborative innovation and accelerating the future of Earth Observation, with a focus on AI.

4e - Empowering the Next Generation of EO Innovators

In this video we hear from a number of young scientists working at Φ-lab and ESRIN and how they are inspired and encouraged to investigate new innovations.

4f - The View from New Space - Embracing Space 4.0

In this video we hear from a number of New Space companies on how ESA is interacting and collaborating with them to help them grow.