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Can drones help prevent natural disasters? Wildfires have become highly destructive in recent years, ravaging the environment and human lives. In this hands-on workshop, build a wildfire detection system with autonomous drones. Explore cutting-edge methods to detect fire outbreaks and predict their direction of spread. Gain skills in simulation and AI that you can apply to life-saving problems.

The usage of machine learning (ML) has been growing exponentially. Its significant power in generalization and the large amount of available data make machine learning indispensable. In parallel, humanity is focused more than ever on space exploration, developing cutting-edge Earth Observation (EO) technology. Have you ever wondered how these two can be combined?

One domain that can be greatly benefited from this coalition is agriculture. With climate change and population rise, maintaining natural ecosystems while enhancing agricultural productivity and supporting farmers is of primary importance. In this sense, ML and EO technologies are the key enablers in developing actionable recommendations for farmers and policymakers to achieve resilient agriculture. In this workshop, we discuss the usage of ML for EO-related applications, focusing on agriculture and ecosystem services. We will present two applications of how ML bridges the gap between scientific knowledge and actionable advice for farmers and policymakers. The first application will consist of a predictive ML model related to the occurrence of pests in cotton fields. The second application will showcase the combination of a geographical model and a ML algorithm to identify the local-specific contribution of agricultural management to ecosystem services. For both applications, there will be live demonstrations using Python and R. By the end of this workshop, we hope you will be acquainted with establishing the link between machine learning, earth observation and sustainable agriculture. Wishing you a fruitful exploration of this field having provided you with the necessary tools to start your journey!

Precision medicine aims to learn from data how to match the right treatment to the right person at the right time. One common goal in precision medicine is the estimation of optimal dynamic treatment regimes (DTRs), sequences of decision rules that recommend treatments to patients in a way that, if followed, would optimize outcomes for each individual and overall in the targeted population. In this presentation, we will describe how the precision medicine framework formalizes sequential clinical decision-making and briefly review a subset of most popular strategies for learning optimal dynamic treatment regimes. We will then invite the workshop group to ideate and discuss the critical opportunities and challenges for the translation of DTRs to clinical and community care, the role for stakeholder engagement and cross-disciplinary collaboration, and considerations for evaluating DTRs in practice.

Event Program

October 26, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Catching Fire: Autonomous Drones to Detect and Track Wildfires​

Shweta Singh

Sheeba Ransing

Arushi Kapurwan

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

*All times are UTC -8

Workshop Instructors

Shweta Singh

Senior Software Engineer, MathWorks

Sheeba Ransing

Senior Software Engineer, MathWorks

Arushi Kapurwan

Software Development Engineer, MathWorks

Roxanne Suzette Lorilla

Post-doctoral researcher, Operational Unit BEYOND Centre | IAASARS | National Observatory of Athens

Ornela Nanushi

Research Associate, Operational Unit BEYOND Centre | IAASARS | National Observatory of Athens

Nikki Freeman

PhD Candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Anna Kahkoska

Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Catching Fire: Autonomous Drones to Detect and Track Wildfires | Mathworks

TOPICS: Algorithms , Data Generation/Collection , Data Science as a Career , Values

Earth observation & machine learning for agroecological applications

TOPICS: Algorithms , Data Generation/Collection , Data Wrangling , Values

Introduction to Precision Medicine: From Statistics to Society

TOPICS: Algorithms , Data Generation/Collection , Data Wrangling , Foundations (Mathematics/Statistics) , Values