Mapping electricity access for a sixth of the world’s people. Duke Research blog, Aug. 1, 2017. To get power to people who lack electricity, first officials need to locate them. But for much of the developing world, reliable, up-to-date data on electricity access is hard to come by. Now, Duke students are applying machine learning to satellite images to make the job easier.
New tools safeguard Census data about where you live and work. Duke Today, May 18, 2017. New methods enable people to learn as much as possible from Census data for policy-making and funding decisions, while guaranteeing that no one can trace the data back to your household or business. Census-related statistics are used to allocate billions of dollars annually for things like disaster relief, roads and schools. Researchers have developed algorithms that guarantee your information stays private without compromising research about your community.