Dalton D Lunga

Group Lead & Senior Research Scientist

Dalton is currently a senior research scientist in machine learning-driven geospatial image analytics and a group leader for the geospatial-based artificial intelligence (GeoAI) group at ORNL.  In this role, he leverages high-performance computing, machine learning, and computer vision to create foundational geospatial analytic methods enabling at-scale data generation that shed light on pattern-of-life and aid in crisis management. His efforts to generate accurate population estimates and information about urban growth and decline, for example, inform disaster response, identify at-risk areas, and address infrastructure mapping and monitoring. A Purdue University Ph.D. graduate and former employee at the council for scientific and industrial research in South Africa, Dalton brings backgrounds from academia, industry, program leadership, and extensive community service to ORNL to help advance geospatial-based scientific knowledge discovery for societal impact.