Kirk has over seven years of experience in spatial data science. Previously, he worked for the Boston Consulting Group as a data scientist, where he covered topics such as network optimization, demand modeling, and supply chain. In his free time, he likes to hike and go for runs (he can often be found running with Matt during lunch).
As a data scientist at TellusLabs, Kirk primarily focuses on three aspects: cleaning and preparing data, modeling data for a growing list of countries and crops, and visualizing data to gain insights from the models. Currently, the data science team is working to expand the yield forecast models for corn and soybeans to many new countries.
For Kirk, the greatest challenge at TellusLabs is that we are trying to do something new that few other people have attempted; thus, it has been hard to find good and reliable data sources for new countries. However, just because the process is difficult doesn’t mean it is not possible; just last year, TellusLabs predicted the U.S. final corn yield within 1% for the second year in a row.
He believes that TellusLabs' ambition to create a living map of the world’s food supply is what makes it unique.”TellusLabs is trying to solve problems. There are over 7 billion people on the planet and counting, and it’s going to take a lot to feed these people. Land use change is constant, and It’s hard to keep track of all of these changes without looking at the bigger picture. What we have built and continue to build here helps to answer some of these tough questions and can also be a successful business.”
Kirk’s favorite part of working at TellusLabs is our use of satellite imagery. “Launching things into space is the pinnacle of human achievement, and too many people take that for granted. The fact that we get to see snapshots of our amazing planet every day is astonishing.”
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