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This virtual workshop is a continuation of the NOAA series of workshops on “Leveraging AI in Environmental Sciences.” The third event continues the successes of previous workshops and encourages participation by scientists, program managers, and leaders from the public, academic and private sectors who work in AI and environmental sciences. The theme for this year’s workshop is “Transforming Weather, Climate Services, and Blue Economy with Artificial Intelligence.” This year’s workshop is led by the NOAA Center for Artificial Intelligence (NCAI), a program in the formulation stage.

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Monday, September 13 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Opening Plenary - NOAA Leadership Address & National AI Initiative
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Session Agenda (Mountain Time):
09:00 Workshop Highlights & Welcome - Drs. Yuhan “Douglas” Rao and Chris Slocum
09:10 NOAA Center for Artificial Intelligence - Dr. Rob Redmon
09:15 National Centers for Environmental Information - Mary Wohlgemuth
09:25 NOAA Leadership Address - Dr. Rick Spinrad
09:45 National AI Initiative - Dr. Lynne Parker
10:05 Panel Q&A Moderated by Dr. Eric Kihn
10:30 Close

Speakers and Panelists:

"NOAA's Perspective on AI" – Rick Spinrad
Dr. Richard (Rick) Spinrad is the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the 11th NOAA Administrator. Prior to returning to NOAA, Dr. Spinrad served as a Professor of Oceanography at Oregon State University. He was also Vice President for Research at OSU from 2010-2014. Dr. Spinrad served as NOAA’s Chief Scientist under President Barack Obama from 2014 until 2016. He also led NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and National Ocean Service from 2003-2010. While at NOAA, Dr. Spinrad co-led the White House Committee that developed the nation’s first set of ocean research priorities and oversaw the revamping of NOAA’s research enterprise, including the development of the agency’s Scientific Integrity policy. Prior to initially joining NOAA, Dr. Spinrad held leadership positions at the U.S. Office of Naval Research and Oceanographer of the Navy, where he was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award — the highest award given by the U.S. Navy to a civilian.

“National AI Initiative” – Lynne Parker
Dr. Lynne E. Parker is the Founding Director of the National AI Initiative Office. She also serves as the Deputy United States Chief Technology Officer and the Assistant Director of Artificial Intelligence at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She has served in OSTP since 2018 and played an integral role in numerous landmark national AI policies. Dr. Parker is on assignment to OSTP from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she is a professor of computer science and former interim dean of engineering. She has served as National Science Foundation’s Division Director for Information and Intelligent Systems, and as a Distinguished Research and Development Staff Member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of AAAS, and a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Mary Wohlgemuth is the Director of NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. She provides direction and oversight of the organization's operations and resources to develop robust, service-centric programs linking environmental information and data stewardship.

Robert Redmon is a space scientist and the lead of NOAA Center for Artificial Intelligence.

Jebb Stewart and Greg Dusek are the co-chairs of the NOAA Artificial Intelligence Executive Committee.

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Eric A. Kihn

Chief, Coasts, Oceans, and Geophysics Division, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
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Douglas Rao

Cooperative Institute for Satellite and Earth System Studies, North Carolina State University
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Christopher Slocum

Physical Scientist, NOAA/NESDIS/STAR

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Jebb Q. Stewart

Weather Visualization and AI Research Development Branch Chief, NOAA GSL
Jebb Q. Stewart is the Weather Visualization and AI Research Development Branch Chief with NOAA's Global System Laboratory Weather, Informatics, and Decision Support Division in Boulder Colorado, and Co-Chair of NOAA's Artificial Intelligence Executive Committee. With a unique background... Read More →
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Greg Dusek

Senior Scientist, NOAA/National Ocean Services
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Rob Redmon

Scientist, NOAA Center for AI
Dr. Rob Redmon is a senior scientist with NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). He is the Lead for NOAA's Center for Artificial Intelligence (NCAI, noaa.gov/ai), and the Space Weather Follow On (SWFO) Science Center.

Lynne E. Parker

Director and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, OSTP National AI Initiative Office
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Dr. Rick Spinrad

Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, NOAA
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Mary Wohlgemuth

Mary S. Wohlgemuth is Director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Headquartered in Asheville, NC and with offices in Silver Spring, MD; Stennis Space Center, MS; and Boulder, CO, NCEI is the nation’s largest environmental information authority and... Read More →

Monday September 13, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
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