Mike Thompson works with CACI International Inc. in Fort Collins as a manager and geospatial programmer. At CACI, Mike works with both proprietary and open source packages, and has a particular interest in machine learning and machine vision topics. Mike received a degree in Computer Science from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH. In addition to his geospatial work within the professional sphere, Mike heavily contributes to humanitarian mapping efforts across the globe. There are a number of types of “humanitarian mapping.” Mike’s efforts are primarily focused on the creation of foundation feature data; for example, data representing roads, buildings, land use, land cover and hydrography. These data are used by aid organizations—such as the American Red Cross, the British Red Cross, and Doctors Without Borders—to plan and administer the delivery of aid to some of the most vulnerable populations on Earth, especially in the aftermath of disasters, such as the 2015 Nepal Earthquake. Read more about Mike and humanitarian mapping on the
What Geographers Do Archive.