Estimating Displaced Populations from Overhead [article]

Armin Hadzic, Gordon Christie, Jeffrey Freeman, Amber Dismer, Stevan Bullard, Ashley Greiner, Nathan Jacobs, Ryan Mukherjee
2020 arXiv   pre-print
We introduce a deep learning approach to perform fine-grained population estimation for displacement camps using high-resolution overhead imagery. We train and evaluate our approach on drone imagery cross-referenced with population data for refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh in 2018 and 2019. Our proposed approach achieves 7.02% mean absolute percent error on sequestered camp imagery. We believe our experiments with real-world displacement camp data constitute an important step towards
more » ... development of tools that enable the humanitarian community to effectively and rapidly respond to the global displacement crisis.
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