SERVIR's Jaganathan Ranganathan honored by his peers

Published: Sep 03 2014

SERVIR's Jaganathan Ranganathan received this year's Marshall Space Flight Center Science and Technology Office's Peer Award for Innovation. This distinction goes to an individual who promotes innovation and creativity, seeks different ideas and perspectives, and is committed to making a significant difference. In developing a novel automated data georeferencing technique for the International Space Station SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System (ISERV) – SERVIR's camera onboard the ISS – Ranganathan earned the respect and admiration of his peers, who nominated him for the award.

Ranganathan, Schumacher and Clinton at ceremony
Ranganathan (rt) with S&T Manager Dan Schumacher (lft) and Deputy Manager Corky Clinton
at the S&T Award Ceremony 29 August 2014

ISERV receives and acts on commands to acquire high resolution images of specific areas of the Earth's surface as the space station passes overhead. ISERV has acquired over 100,000 images of Earth. That number includes critical disaster photos, many of which were made available to the International Disasters Charter for use in disaster response and assessment.

As SERVIR's Geodata Acquisition Systems Scientist, Ranganathan leads ISERV operations. In this role he makes every effort to enhance the camera system's capabilities and products. The innovative georeferencing method he engineered provides very good positional accuracy and operates up to 20X faster than manual processing, allowing ISERV's photos of the Earth's surface to be posted online much faster. As a result, 40,000 more ISERV images will be available over the next year for potential use in disaster and environmental assessments. Without the new technique, it would take 5 to 10 years to make that many ISERV images accessible. With the new ISERV data viewer , users can easily find the images they seek.

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