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David Thau


Dr. Dave Thau is the senior developer advocate for Google Earth Engine, Google's satellite image processing platform. He joined Google in 2010, bringing with him 20 years of industry experience developing Internet-based applications. Dave has created and managed software development for Webby Award winning websites, launched two successful startups, written a best-selling computer science textbook that has been translated into seven languages and published scholarly papers in the field of data management. His work has been mentioned in Newsweek, Science, Nature, USA Today, The Economist, Rolling Stone and Wired. Over the past ten years, Dave has worked with image databases and geospatial systems, focusing on the fields of ecology and biodiversity. He currently works with scientists and NGOs developing software and algorithms to run on Google's highly parallelized cloud computing image processing framework. Dave holds degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a doctorate in computer science from the University of California, Davis.

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