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Talk: GeoAI for Social Good, 12-1pm ET Wed. April 10

Lean how Geospatial Artificial Intelligence is being applied

GeoAI for Social Good

Dr. Raju Vatsavai
North Carolina State University

12-1pm ET Wednesday, April 10, 2024, online

Several decades of research have led to current advances in artificial intelligence (AI), specifically machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL). These advancements hold promise for solving major challenges facing human society – from mitigating climate change to increasing food production, designing smart cities, and optimizing scarce resources. All these problems share a common thread: they are inherently rooted in space and time. Remote sensing data serves as a prime example of spatial big data. NASA recently collected its 10 millionth Landsat image. The coarse-resolution (30 m) Landsat collection itself surpasses a petabyte in size, while private satellite data producer MAXAR holds more than 125 petabytes of high-resolution data. Applications such as disease mapping, crop monitoring, and urban studies all rely on this data. We present recent advances in GeoAI that analyze these multimodal datasets and show their applications in various fields, including climate-smart agriculture, slum mapping, and critical infrastructure monitoring.

Dr. Raju Vatsavai is a Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program Cluster Professor of Geospatial Analytics in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Prior to joining NCSU, Raju served as the Lead Data Scientist for the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division (CSED) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His research focuses on the intersection of spatial and temporal big data management, machine learning, and high-performance computing.  He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles in conferences and journals. He has also edited two books on "Knowledge Discovery from Sensor Data." He actively participates in the academic community, serving on program committees for leading international conferences such as ACM KDD, ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS, ECML/PKDD, SDM, CIKM, and IEEE BigData. He has further co-chaired several workshops, including ICDM/SSTDM, ICDM/KDCloud, ACM SIGSPATIAL BigSpatial, ACM/IEEE Supercomputing/BDAC, ACM KDD/LDMTA, ACM KDD/Sensor-KDD, and SIAM DM/ACS. Dr. Raju holds a M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

Posted: April 9, 2024, 7:49 AM