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Volunteers Needed (Hint, Hint) to Label Smoke Emissions from Pollution Monitoring Videos

Updated: Dec 12, 2022

The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) is teaming up with The CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University for an event—and we need your help!


We are looking for folks to serve as volunteers to help label smoke emissions from a collection of air pollution monitoring videos.

“Our goal is to train an artificial Intelligence system to detect industrial smoke pollution automatically. To do this, we need a vast amount of data, which will require a considerable human effort,” CREATE Lab officials explained. “As we gather more labeled videos, the AI system will begin to detect local smoke emissions, and our team will design visualization for industrial pollution events. We would greatly appreciate your participation in this community-powered AI research!”

It’s free to attend. Did we mention refreshments will be served? Interested? Here’s what you need to know if you want to go:

When: Choose a session. Either 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. OR 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Where: GASP headquarters located at 1133 S. Braddock Ave. in Edgewood. FYI: We are on the 61B bus route.

What to bring:  Attendees should bring their own devices—laptops or mobile devices—since there will be a very limited number available from CMU. The program being used is compatible with Android version 7 or above. For iPad and iPhone, the system is compatible with iOS version 11 or above. For laptops, the tool works on browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

How to RSVP: Because space is limited, we ask attendees to RSVP by emailing GASP Executive Director Rachel Filippini at

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