Azavea has an active research and development program through which the firm invests substantial resources toward the development of new solutions, techniques and learning opportunities for our colleagues.
Each colleague is encouraged to develop a personal professional development or research plan that will both engage their interests and extend their knowledge as well as the capabilities of the organization. Professional development activities can include online courses, attending conferences or a research project. Past research projects have included: contributing to geospatial open source projects, an effort to apply genetic algorithms to generate transit routes; user experience design experiments with Google Glass; application of the OpenCV computer vision framework to recognizing trees in Google Street View; better PostGIS import tools; Emacs integration with Django; and an exploration of machine learning algorithms for space-time risk forecasting.
While not all of these research projects result in measurable commercial success, they are an important part of a culture at Azavea that encourages and takes pride in innovative applications of geospatial technology, and many of long-term positive consequences. For example, our open source work began as a colleague’s 10% time.