Talia's main research interests include making engineering systems more sustainable and resilient. This includes sustainable development in both structural design and hydrology systems.
This semester, Talia is working with Marc Müller, a civil engineering professor, and his team on the correlation between water issues and political conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. She focuses on the characterization of remote sensing (satellite) imagery in the vicinity of recent armed conflict events. She does this through implementing the Java script code language on the Google Earth engine platform to carry out automatized image classification using machine learning. The main phenomenon looked at in her sector of the research is water dam locations. The ultimate goal of this research is to see whether it can be theorized that there is, in fact, a positive correlation between the regions that experience water issues and the political conflicts present in these areas.