Data Science, Robots, and Disaster Recovery

Robin Murphy has one of the coolest job titles I have ever read, Disaster Roboticist. At Texas A&M, she works on developing advanced robots for disaster recovery.

In this Ted talk, she outlines some of the capabilities of the robots and how the robots work. One quote at the end really caught my attention.

So really, “disaster robotics” is a misnomer. It’s not about the robots. It’s about the data.

The robots are collecting data and that data needs analysis! Launches Data Science Platform to the Public

Sense has launched to the public today, March 18, 2015.  Sense is an online data science platform providing you the capability to easily perform your entire data science workflow via a browser.  No need to provision new servers or install software, just click “New Project” and start your analysis.  The Sense platform includes the following features:

  • Languages: R, Python, Julia, SQL
  • Simple collaboration for teams
  • Easily Scale up or down with just the click of a mouse
  • Scheduled Tasks
  • Notifications for completion of long running tasks
  • An on-premise Enterprise version

I have been one of the early beta-testers for Sense, and  I have previously written about using the platform.  I really like the platform.  I find it easy, intuitive, and clean.  Plus, I love being able to run all my analysis with just my chromebook. So, go signup and please feel free to follow me at as I am sure to be adding some new analysis.

Below is a video with an expanded introduction to the Sense Platform.

Open Data is Important For Cities

Ben Wellington gives an excellent Ted Talk on open data. He argues that cities need to make more of an effort to release data in a standardized and machine-readable format. This could help cities be safer and fiscally responsible. He is hoping New York City sets the standards for open data for cities. As a bonus, he is a wonderful story teller.