Cortana Intelligence Suite hopes to help predict floods and prevent disaster

Microsoft Research Director Kristin Tolle published an article on the Microsoft Research blog about an interesting and powerful example of how Microsoft’s Cortana Intelligence Suite can impact and even save lives. The story starts in the wake of Austin, Texas’s severe floods of October 2013. During a massive downpour, a stream gauge monitoring Onion Creek failed to report a rise in water levels. Accordingly, emergency responders diverted resources to areas that had triggered flood alerts. But the Onion Creek gauge was defecitve, and the banks of Onion Creek were actually overrun. Consequently, over 500 homes were flooded and five people lost their lives. –> ]]> Because of incidents like Onion Creek and many more, researchers, federal agencies, emergency responders, and businesses have partnered to make a national standard for flood…


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