Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
TRAINING IN MACHINE LEARNING, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND ADVANCED IMAGERY ANALYSIS
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are revolutionizing the way in which science is conducted, data are accessed and organized, and how discoveries are made. It offers a means to increase efficiency, timeliness, and the robustness of analyses conducted. SERVIR WA has applied Machine Learning in particular ways but recognizes the need for improved understanding of AI and ML concepts as well as fluency in key coding languages that are applied in AI/ML contexts.
A three-day training in AI and ML is planned (21, 23, and 25 October). This training will provide participants with an understanding of the principles of AI/ML, understanding of coding applied to AI/ML, as well as the tools that are available from key providers of technological support. This will take the form of a hands-on application of AI/ML to selected services through the form of formal presentation and “hackathon” practica. Participants should have an intermediate understanding of remote sensing, GIS and a basic understanding of a major coding language.
The knowledge and expertise of artificial intelligence and machine learning is scarcely known in West Africa, though it is being extensively applied in Asia, Europe and the Americas. This is partly based upon constraints experienced in IT infrastructure, but also on the lack of involvement of regional experts in such applications and a reliance on trusted methodologies that were developed in the past.
SERVIR WA will bring together a group of West African leaders from government, the private sector, academia, and the development community over a three-day period as a special conference track during AGDIC to meet with their counterparts from the United States and Europe during a three-day forum to:
SERVIR WA has developed capacity within its consortium of advanced imagery analytical methods, particularly in Small Aperture Radar (SAR) and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). It is now time to share this capacity with a larger group and the AGDIC conference offers such an opportunity. A brief introduction to LiDAR will be presented by SERVIR WA hub consortium members on 22 October.
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