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Find out how you can help NASA and National Geographic Emerging Explorer and University of California San Diego Research Scientist, Dr. Albert Lin, understand our past to help us better prepare for our future.
Learn how crowdsourcing and open innovation can be applied to create machine learning algorithms that accelerate historical discoveries and how NASA assesses satellite imagery.

Hangout out with Dr. Albert Lin, Karim Lakhani, Director of the Harvard-NASA Tournament Lab, and Jason Crusan, the Director of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate Advanced Exploration Systems, as they launch the Collective Minds & Machines Exploration Challenge. The three-week Collective Minds & Machines Exploration Challenge asks TopCoder community members from around the world to study select satellite imagery of the region of the lost tomb of Genghis Khan and then develop an algorithm that learns to recognize modern and ancient human-built structures found in such imagery. Once developed, NASA anticipates the algorithm could be used to accelerate the assessment of planetary imagery.


Ask a question during the event by posting a comment here or on Twitter using the #NTL hashtag.


To watch the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at This NASA Google+ Hangout will take place on Friday, September 13, 2013, at 1 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT. 
Collective Minds & Machines Exploration Challenge Hangout
Fri, September 13, 2013, 1:00 PM
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Explorer at National Geographic, Research Scientist at UC San Diego
BIO: Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin holds appointments as a Research Scientist at the University of California, San Diego and an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society in the field of technology enabled exploration.

As the creator and Principal Investigator of the Valley of the Khans Project, a non-invasive technology based search for the tomb of Genghis Khan, Dr. Lin has lead multiple high-tech expeditions deep into the most remote parts of the world and developed innovative platforms for satellite, aerial and subsurface remote sensing in exploration. His team’s pioneering work to create new methods for massive data analysis through crowdsourcing earned him 2011 USGIS Academic Achievement award, and lead to the formation of California based Tomnod Inc. where is is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors. The interactive web-based effort was also recognized as a 2010 Webby Honoree in the category of Science.

At UC San Diego he founded and co-Directs the National Geographic Engineers for Exploration Program which continues to develop innovative technologies in aerial, terrestrial, geophysical and underwater robotics for remote sensing and exploration.

Lin’s efforts have been highlighted internationally in publications including the Washington Post, NPR, ABC news, TEDx, Wired Magazine, and a 1-hour National Geographic Documentary film, “the Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan”, that he narrated.
They have also earned him recognition as National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s “2010 Readers Choice Adventurer of the Year” and the 2011 Lowell Thomas Medal for Exploration from the prestigious Explorers Club.

Bragging rights
Once raced a horse across the plains of Mongolia after drinking a gallon of fermented mare's milk.
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