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The Significance of Programming for Geospatial Professionals with Real Life Examples

07 February 2024 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This webinar will unveil the power of programming skills for geospatial professionals. The webinar will reveal how programming blends the geospatial discipline with cloud computing, generative AI models, chat bots, open-source libraries, and more. Real world examples from the speaker’s profession will be illustrated at a high level. One example was at NASA, developing an in-house application for analyzing aerosol data, generated by the CALIPSO Satellite. Another example is the development of a web application integrated with a generative AI model to answer geospatial questions in basic English. Other examples of automated geoparsing (detecting place names from text), geospatial APIs creation, and geodata pipeline engineering will be discussed as well.

Dr. Ahmad Aburizaiza

Senior GIS Solutions Engineer @ JLL

Ahmad is currently a senior GIS Regional Lead & Solutions Engineer at JLL. He holds three US degrees: a B.S. in Computer Science, a masters in Geographic Information Science, and a PhD in Geoinformation Sciences. He has a profound expertise in geospatial technologies, programming, data security, data engineering, data visualization, academic teaching, and corporate training. He is continuously learning new skills related to cloud computing, data science, and business intelligence. His professional experience varies between academia, government, and private sectors including NASA and Mapbox. Throughout his profession, he developed several geospatial applications by leveraging open-source libraries, spatial databases, cloud services, and generative AI models. One of the greatest achievements was the development of version 2.0 for a NASA's in-house application named VOCAL, using Python to analyze aerosol data collected by NASA's CALIPSO satellite. In other roles, he built geospatial data pipelines programmatically to serve complicated ETL processes. Furthermore, he created numerous APIs serving geospatial data for the US government.

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February 7, 2024
10:00 am - 11:00 am +04
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