Saturday, October 20 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
AI for Earth: Land Cover Mapping

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Conservationists use land cover maps to quantify environmental changes like deforestation and urban development. Most land cover maps are currently made by applying rule-based classifiers to overhead imagery: this low-accuracy approach that requires manual curation, often delaying the publication of new maps by 3+ years. In this session, we will introduce the goals of Microsoft’s AI for Earth grant program and describe our work designing a high-resolution semantic segmentation model to perform land cover mapping for the Chesapeake Conservancy. Professionals in the artificial intelligence space may benefit from our discussion of lessons learned in expanding training and inference to the national scale (100+ TB imagery / 100+ K80 GPUs). Attendees will learn where to obtain our trained models, code, and methods; try out land cover mapping with our API; and apply for AI for Earth funding for their own projects.

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Mary Wahl

Data Scientist II, Microsoft
Microsoft’s AI for Earth team provides resources and technical expertise that enable NGOs to bring AI to critical problems in conservation biology and environmental science. As a data scientist on the AI for Earth team, Mary has implemented distributed training and crowdsourced... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom # 406