Michael Hirsch, Ph.D.: Geoscientist

Michael is experienced with working with international teams of geoscientists as well as collaborations in the medical and transportation fields, on topic areas including embedded vision and radiolocation systems.

Michael Hirsch describing Powerpoint slide on ISR experiment
Michael describing 10-beam ISR experiment designed to capture polar cap patches at MIT Haystack 2012 ISR Summer School in Banff.
Michael Hirsch and geoscientists in poster hall at CEDAR 2015 Workshop
Michael Hirsch at CEDAR 2015 Workshop with other geoscientists actively using amateur radio as a remote sensing tool for the geospace environment.

Michael’s geoscience research interests include studying microscale ionospheric turbulence using radio science, radar, and optical methods including:

To this end, Michael applies big data processing techniques from the machine learning and machine vision world to large geoscience datasets from instruments Michael sometimes develops himself. Michael is also a patron of the geosciences.

Michael works as a trailblazer in the open-science / open-data movement, having founded the Zenodo Space Physics and Aeronomy section. Michael endeavors to set a new normal in refereed publication with open-source code and open-data available for download a prerequisite for manuscripts to enter the review process.

Machine Vision

Applications including challenging and novel remote sensing and medical imaging problems. Embedded/single board computers including Intel Edison, Beaglebone Black and Raspberry Pi.

Remote Sensing and Wireless Networks

Mike McLernon Mathworks hackathon at NEWSDR 2013, WPI
Michael participating in SDR hackathon sponsored by the Mathworks at NEWSDR ‘13. Michael is a co-chair of NEWSDR and has attended since the first NEWSDR in 2011 at BU.

Software Engineering