New IBM intern on-board

A new intern, David, will be on board at IBM Research and Development from Monday, 31st August. David will work on the collaborative project between RISER and IBM on estimating impact of wildfire, particularly on houses. Peter had a meeting with Laura and Ziyuan from IBM and discussed what contributions David can make to this project. They agreed on two directions. First, David will implement the house-loss model of Sarah Harris et. al. and integrate the model with the current IBM fire danger system. David will validate the model with IBM’s data and fire simulation model. Second, he will investigate how the sensor data from the RISERnet network and the weather data from the Bureau of Meteorology can be integrated. This integration will lead to validation, testing if additional finer-grained sensor data can improve the performance of current wildfire progression and impact models.

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