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Earth Day AI – Special AI for Earth Edition with Jennifer Marsman

Thursday, April 18 2019 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm


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It’s April, which means Earth Day is just around the corner! So our talk this month focuses on some of the amazing work being done with AI for the good of the earth. Jennifer Marsman, Principal Engineer on the AI for Earth team at Microsoft joins us to talk about what they do and how AI is being used in this field. In this talk, she will discuss how the AI for Earth team, Microsoft Research, and AI for Earth grant recipients are using machine learning to enable precision agriculture, to predict outbreaks of disease, to detect poachers in real time, and to classify animals for conservation. Finally, she will briefly provide details on the AI for Earth grant program (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ai/ai-for-earth) to obtain resources for everyone to work on these challenges. Join us to learn more about how AI can be used to help the planet!

–Pairing Environmental Efforts with Data Scientists–
Lets pull together as a community and show the world how AI can make a real change for the better! The AI for Earth effort at Microsoft includes giving away $50 million (US) in grants over 5 years (which started Dec of 2017). Whether you are an environmentalist, with or without data science skills, or a data scientist with aspirations to put your super powers to good work, come out and pair up on environmental efforts to apply for the Microsoft AI for Earth grants.

–Microsoft AI for Earth projects–
Wild Me – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQqao37u1wU
Using computer vision and deep learning algorithms to power a platform that can identify individual animals within a species.

SilviaTerra – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stNlw_CFklc
Empowering conservationists, government organizations, and land owners to inventory forests for ecological, social, and economic health using AI.

Tohoku University- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kUvcLZpgRI
Using AI to improve mapping technology so that relief workers might stand a better chance of saving more lives when the next earthquake hits.

–About the Speaker–
Jennifer Marsman is the Principal Engineer of Microsoft’s “AI for Earth” group, where she uses data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to aid with clean water, agriculture, biodiversity, and climate change. Jennifer is a frequent speaker at software development conferences around the world. Since 2016, Jennifer was recognized as one of the “top 100 most influential individuals in artificial intelligence and machine learning” by Onalytica, reaching the #2 slot in 2018. She has been featured in Bloomberg for her work using EEG and machine learning to perform lie detection. In 2009, Jennifer was chosen as “Techie whose innovation will have the biggest impact” by X-OLOGY for her work with GiveCamps, a weekend-long event where developers code for charity. She has also received many honors from Microsoft, including the “Best in Role” award for Technical Evangelism, Central Region Top Contributor Award, Heartland District Top Contributor Award, DPE Community Evangelist Award, CPE Champion Award, MSUS Diversity & Inclusion Award, Gold Club, and Platinum Club. Previously, Jennifer was a software developer in Microsoft’s Natural Interactive Services division. In this role, she earned multiple patents for her work in search and data mining algorithms. Jennifer has also held positions with Ford Motor Company, National Instruments, and Soar Technology. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering and Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her graduate work specialized in artificial intelligence and computational theory. Jennifer blogs at http://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/jennifer and tweets at http://twitter.com/jennifermarsman.

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