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Workshop Postponed - New Date TBD

The AI Workshop science and organizing committees have continued to monitor the evolving Coronavirus situation. It has become clear over the past several days that the situation continues to deteriorate in many parts of the world and also here in the U.S., with no significant sign of abating. Many institutions are now restricting all non-essential travel. Because we do not expect the situation to significantly improve before the end of April, we have decided, out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of all participants, to postpone the workshop to a later date. We will post the rescheduled workshop dates here as soon as they are selected. We thank you for your patience and participation in the AI Workshop.

Kevin Garrett and Stacy Bunin
NOAA AI Workshop Organizing Committee

Purpose of Workshop

The workshop will build on the success of the 1st Workshop on Leveraging AI. This workshop will help gather scientists, program managers, and leaders from public, academic and private sectors. It will enable experts involved in the development and adaptation of AI tools and applications in a number of fields to meet and exchange experiences.

It is important to note that there are fields with similar fundamental issues as the field of environmental science. These fundamental issues include image and signal processing, pattern recognition, morphing, projection mapping, data mining, clustering, etc. This will facilitate the cross-fertilization of knowledge in different communities within NOAA and outside of NOAA to benefit in environmental science.

This gathering will allow participants to exchange ideas, share lessons learned, and to discuss both the future potential and limitations of AI. It will also help to establish collaborations for using AI tools for many purposes, including:

  • Reviewing AI-enabling technology and tools
  • Furthering scientific objectives of better utilization of Earth observation
  • Sharing ideas to improve environmental science
  • Improving efficiency of environmental data processing and exploitation for cost effectiveness
  • Identifying innovative ways to use satellite data and other environmental data to create new products and services and generate new markets
  • Expanding commercial markets of high-level environment-related products and services to benefit society and the economy

Who Should Attend

Scientists, program managers, and leaders from the public, academic and private sectors interested in identifying innovative ways to use satellite and other environmental data and to improve environmental predictions.

Workshop Format

The workshop will have oral presentations as well as posters organized by sessions. It will also have panel discussions and invited speaker presentations. Tutorials on AI/ML tools are also planned as part of the workshop.

Science Committee


  • Sid Boukabara (NOAA/NESDIS/STAR)
  • Vladimir Krasnopolsky (NOAA/NWS/NCEP)
  • Kenneth Casey (NOAA/NCEI)
  • Jebb Stewart (NOAA/OAR/ESRL, CIRA)
  • Nikunj Oza (NASA/Ames and NASA/ESTO)
  • John Ten Hoeve (NOAA/NWS Office of Org. Excellence)
  • Greg Dusek (NOS)
  • V Ramaswamy (NOAA, GFDL)
  • William Michaels (NOAA, Fisheries)


  • Kayo Ide (Univ. Of Maryland)
  • Amy McGovern (Univ. Of Oklahoma, AMS AI Committee Member)
  • Allen Huang (Univ. Of Wisconsin)
  • Phillip Tissot (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, AMS AI Committee Member)
  • Sue E. Haupt (NCAR)

Private Sector

  • John Williams (The Weather Company, an IBM Business)
  • Jason Hickey (Google)
  • David Hall (NVIDIA)

If you have questions, please contact: Narges Shahroudi

Important Dates

Workshop postponed; all dates and deadlines to be rescheduled.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Samantha Adams (UKMO)
  • V. Balaji (GFDL)
  • Chris Bretherton (University of Washington)
  • DaNa Carlis (NOAA)
  • Leila De Floriani (University of Maryland)
  • Peter Dueben (ECMWF)
  • David Gagne (NCAR)
  • Alan Geer (ECMWF)
  • David Hall (NVIDIA)
  • Sue Ellen Haupt (NCAR)
  • Jason Hickey (Google)
  • Jacqueline Le Moigne (NASA)
  • Hyesook Lee (KMA/NIMS)
  • Sebastian Lerch (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
  • Amy McGovern (Univ. Of Oklahoma, AMS AI Committee)
  • John Williams (The Weather Company, an IBM Business)

Background and Workshop Motivations

Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine/deep learning techniques (including deep neural networks, DNNs) have advanced considerably in recent years across a number of areas and applications: in medicine, self-driving cars, social media, the finance industry, etc. The astonishing increase in accuracy and applicability of AI has been significant in the private sector, driven by the ease, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, speed and auto-learning features of AI. Significant advances have also been made in application of AI in different areas of meteorology and oceanography.

However, until recently, far fewer AI applications were developed in the area of environmental science.

There have been encouraging signs that AI is increasingly considered for these applications, with promising results—including predictive skills—and this trend is expected to continue with the ever-increasing volume of satellite data and the increased societal reliance on improved forecasting accuracy and resolutions. The increase of data volume comes from higher resolution satellites and sensors, from a growing list of new sensors (traditional as well as smallsats/cubesats), and from an explosion of new virtual observing systems made possible by the internet of things (IoT). These large increases are expected to present major challenges for exploiting these data sources, and AI has emerged as a potentially transformational and mitigating technology.

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