Ashok Srivastava (photo: NASA/Dominic Hart)

NASA Chat to Show Data Mining's Safety Value

An expert from NASA will join Capt. Jeff Hamlett, flight safety director for Southwest Airlines, at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday to discuss how it is used.

Capt. Jeff Hamlett, Southwest Airlines flight safety directorData mining – analyzing “terabytes of aviation data to find issues before they become incidents,” as NASA explains it – is paying dividends for Southwest Airlines. The airline’s flight safety director, Capt. Jeff Hamlett, will explain how the airline uses this process to improve its operations during a web chat this week hosted by NASA.

Ashok Srivastava, a data mining expert who is project manager for the System-wide Safety and Assurance Technologies project at NASA’s Aviation Safety Program, is the co-presenter for the event. He’ll discuss the computer tools NASA is developing to do the data mining, according to NASA.

The chat will begin at 2 p.m. EDT on March 23. Visit this website to participate; the site says participants must have Java to take part in the chat. The chat window on the site will open a few minutes before the chat is scheduled to start.

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