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Meteorite Image Analysis System – VCU


Virginia Commonwealth University


Cobalt Class (2019 – 2020)


George Constantine
Charles Dietzel
Ismilsys Priede Armesto

Scientific & Technical Guidance

Dr. Laurence Garvie, Research Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, ASU
Dr. Tim McCoy, Chair, Smithsonian Curator of Meteorites


Dr. Bennett Ward, Director of Project Outreach, Associate Professor, VCU
Dr. Gregory Triplett, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, VCU


Meteorite experts use their knowledge to recognize the inclusions in meteorites based primarily on color, texture, and reflectivity. A major challenge of this project is to translate this human knowledge to an automated recognition system the can replicate the human expertise. To work towards this goal, teams are working to create software to do planimetric analysis of images of iron meteorite samples to help determine their bulk chemical compositions. An additional challenge to this project is how to process and store large numbers of very large image files.