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Tuesday, July 21 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Organizational Strategies, Standards, and Policies for Machine Learning - Charting the Next Step of ESIP Machine Learning Cluster

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Since 2010s, the Earth science community has seen rapid growth in the interests and practice of adopting machine learning in research and discovery. The fast accumulating Earth science data and mature cloud technology have accelerated the growth of machine learning applications in Earth sciences in both academia and government agencies as well as industries.

Until recently, there is still a lack of systematic strategies and community-driven standards to steward and coordinate machine learning applications for Earth sciences. Recently, NOAA Research Council released its strategy for artificial intelligence outlining its vision to “dramatically expand the application of artificial intelligence in every NOAA mission area by improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and coordination of AI development and usage across the agency.” Similarly, other government agencies and private sectors have also formulated their own vision and practice for adopting ML/AI to advance their missions and put data to work.

In this session, we invite representatives from various government agencies and organizations to share their perspectives on adopting machine learning for Earth sciences (ML4ES). The session will have a set of brief presentations from speakers to outline the current landscape of ML4ES and followed by a panel discussion on how the ESIP community can contribute to and shape this landscape.

This stand-alone session will also serve to inform a follow on session, which is a conversation about possible Cluster activities and outputs.

Pete Doucette, Integrated Science and Applications Branch, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, USGS
Eric Kihn, Director, NCEI’s Center for Coasts, Oceans, and Geophysics (CCOG), NOAA
Dan Morris, Program Director, Microsoft AI for Earth
Catherine Nakalembe, Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, NASA Harvest Project
Dan Pilone, CEO/CTO, Element 84

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  • Big need for ARD, analytics ready data. But what does that mean? Except at the most basic level, readiness is relative to a specific problem
  • Maturity level criteria are needed for both datasets and models: ORL-type assessments, evaluation metrics.
  • We need best practices, standards for putting data into a data lake so that datasets are interoperable. ESIP is best place to develop cross organizational standards!

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Dan Pilone

CEO/CTO, Element 84, Inc.
Dan Pilone is CEO/CTO of Element 84 and oversees the architecture, design, and development of Element 84's projects including supporting NASA, the USGS, Stanford University School of Medicine, and commercial clients. He has supported NASA's Earth Observing System for nearly 13 years... Read More →
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Eric A. Kihn

Chief, Coasts, Oceans, and Geophysics Division, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
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Douglas Rao

Research Scientist, CISESS/NCICS/NCSU
I am currently a Research Scientist at North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, affiliated with NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. My current research at NCICS focuses on generating a blended near-surface air temperature dataset by integrating in situ measurements... Read More →
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Peter J. Doucette

Lead, Science and Applications, USGS / EROS
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Dan Morris

Principal Scientist, Microsoft
Dan Morris is a Principal Scientist at Microsoft, where he runs the AI for Earth program, focused on accelerating innovation at the intersection of machine learning and environmental sustainability.  His work includes computer vision applications in wildlife conservation, for e... Read More →
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Catherine Nakalembe

Assistant Research Professor, University of Maryland
Dr. Nakalembe has broad interest including agriculture and food security, early warning and assessment of disasters with remote sensing. She is the NASA Harvest Africa Program Lead and serves as the Agriculture and Food Security Thematic Lead on the NASA SERVIR Applied Sciences Team... Read More →

Tuesday July 21, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Room 3
  Breakout Session, Room 3