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NASA’s Leading Edge TV Program Features Ames Data Miners

Data miners from the Intelligent Data Understanding Group were featured in NASA’s Leading Edge television program. The program, “Data Mining: Digging for Clues to Aviation Safety,” aired on March 23rd and is available on YouTube.

BACKGROUND: Hundreds of streams of different kinds of data flow from aircraft during each flight. NASA mines that data, such as pilot reports, incident reports, control positions, instrument positions, and warning modes for clues to improve safety. But there is so much data that it has been nearly impossible for airlines to do anything other than look back for the cause of something that has already happened. Enter the data mining detectives from NASA. Data mining is the art of digging through mountains of data when you don't know what you're looking for or what might find. Popular search engines like Google do this every second. The NASA data mining detectives are mining terabytes of aviation data to find issues before they become incidents. Southwest Airlines is already using data mining “gold” to update their flight operations.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Aviation Safety Program

TEAM: Bob Lawrence, Bryan Matthews, Nikunj Oza, and Ashok Srivastava. Collaborators: Steven Boyd (Stanford) and Jiawei Han (University of Illinois). Clients: Jeff Hamlett (Southwest airlines)

Contact: Ashok Srivastava

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