Urban flood monitoring using SAR images

Napoli, Italy

Urban flood monitoring using SAR images 2020-11-05T18:06:54+00:00

Product Description

Description of the organization proposing the project (provide also web address)

Latitudo40 is an innovative startup that aims to revolutionize the use of geospatial data, with an open platform (www.earthalytics.com) and marketplace dedicated to helping developers and startups build, manage and scale geospatial products. It opens up access to geospatial data, images and processing algorithms, enabling users to develop and launch innovative products, reducing development costs and time to market. The past decade or so has seen a dramatic change in the way that economists can learn by watching our planet from above, using satellite remote sensing.

Petabytes of satellite imagery have become accessible at increasing resolution and lower cost, but despite these enormous technological advances, only a marginal part of the information contained in these images is actually used to support business processes, monitoring and prevention activities. The technology is still complex enough to use and requires specific domain knowledge and initial investment to become familiar with the technology. Knowing how to develop, train, and run algorithms to extract insights from the data, and do this at scale, is also challenging. Currently this limits the use of the solution only in large organizations and in a governmental context, making it complex to use for SMEs, system integrators and startups.

Commitment in months and preferred period: 

6 months starting from _September 2020

Description of the project work objectives (what to achieve): 

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensors constitute a powerful tool for environmental monitoring due to their all weather and all-time imaging capabilities. These characteristics are crucial especially in case of natural disasters when a quick response is fundamental to minimize economic and human lives losses. In this sense, urban environments are critical, and the implementation of fast methodologies for event assessment and recovery is a key to minimize its impact. The objective of this project is the design and the implementation of state-of-the-art methodologies for flood detection and depth estimation in complex urban environment using SAR-based change-detection, eventually integrated with heterogeneous sources (e.g. crowdsourced data). The successful candidate will be required to get relevant input images from any possible source and to validate his/her findings with independent reference data.

Required profile and pre-requisites (if any): A degree in Aerospace/Electronics/Telecommunication Engineering or Computer Science is required for the post. Experience with microwave remote sensing and machine learning algorithms will be considered as an advantage.

Possible compensation (financial or in kind, i.e. accommodation, canteen, transportation,…): 


Years of Experience required: 


Languages requirements:


Additional Information

Single trainee in cooperation with our internal R&D team.

Please note that due to the pandemic, at the moment all the activities are conducted in smart working, with few exceptions in case of need.

Validity of the offer:

Six Months