Help find missing computer scientist Jim Gray

February 2nd, 2007

Just got this email from my friend Cindy:

Jim Gray, who is a renowned computer scientist, was reported missing at sea on January 28. He is a dear friend of a friend of mine. His friends and family are asking for assistance in reviewing satellite imagery shown on the site below:

If you have a bit of time to take a look at the satellite imagery, that would be a huge help.

Here’s the background to this: Microsoft reseacher Jim Gray went missing last weekend. He’d gone sailing in his 40-foot sailboat but never returned. After searching the entire area where they believed he could have been found, the Coast Guard called off the search yesterday. The site in Cindy’s email has satellite images taken after Gray went missing; you’ll be presented five at a time and can indicate which ones might appear to contain a sailboat.

Some things you need to know to use the site: you’ll have to have an Amazon ID and be logged in with it. The buttons beneath each image won’t work until you click the “ACCEPT HIT” button at the bottom of the page, then you’ll be able to mark which images you believe contain something. The image you mark will then be forwarded to a specialist for further review.

Gray’s most important work, for which he received the Turing prize in 1998, was in database and transaction processing, the same kind of technology that powers big web sites like Amazon and eBay. Fitting that some of that technology is now being put to use in hopes of finding him.

One Response to “Help find missing computer scientist Jim Gray”

  1. Leigh Ann Says:

    I’ve been following this story. I went to the link but I’m not sure what I’m even looking for……