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Study Uses AI to Estimate Unexploded Bombs From Vietnam War

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A bomb crater identified by the new system.

Researchers using artificial intelligence to detect Vietnam War-era bomb craters in Cambodia from satellite images found the new method increased true bomb crater detection by more than 160% over previous methods.

Credit: Ohio State News

Researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU) used artificial intelligence to find unexploded Vietnam War-era bombs in Cambodia.

They used machine learning to analyze a commercial satellite image of a 100-square-kilometer area near Kampong Trabaek in Cambodia, for evidence of bomb craters, and the method has increased true bomb crater detection by more than 160% over standard methods.

The study suggests that about 44% to 50% of the bombs dropped there remain unexploded.

OSU's Erin Lin said, "The process of demining is expensive and time-intensive, but our model can help identify the most vulnerable areas that should be demined first."

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