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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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Friday, September 17 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Session 12 - Hackathon as Opportunities for Learning and Collaboration: A Showcase and Discussion

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Hackathon has been increasingly used by AI and environmental science communities as learning opportunitites or to form collaboration cross groups.

This workshop hosted a jointed hackathon in collaboration with Climate Informatics community with support from researchers from the University of Oxford, University of Colorado, Boulder, and Columbia University on three challenging environmental research topics – climate model emulation, wildfire risk prediction, and marine heatwave classification. The hackathon attracted more than 150 registered participants. 

Additionally, NOAA High Performance Computing Program also hosts regular hackathon events in collaboration with NVIDIA to help NOAA scientists to improve their project performance. 

This session invites five teams from the joint hackathon and NOAA HPCC supported GPU hackathon to showcase their results and demonstrating the benefits of hackathon events for workforce development and adoption of emerging technologies. The session will conclude by a discussion with NOAA Center for AI and HPCC program on the benefits of hackathon events.

Session Agenda
1. Joint hackathon overview & showcase
    - ClimateBench (Team: bench cloudies, Emulateam)
    - Wildfire Risk Prediction (Team: SEEKingTreesOnFire)
    - Marine Heatwave Classification (Team: JAM & G)
2. NOAA GPU Hackathon showcase - Plankton Automation: Bringing AI and Machine Learning to Zooplankton Ecology (Deana Crouser, NOAA Fisheries AFSC)
3. Panel discussion on hackathon - Bill Cushman (NOAA HPCC), Frank Indiviglo (NOAA HPCC), Julia Levites (NVIDIA), Rob Redmon (NOAA NCAI)

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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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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.


Friday September 17, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm MDT
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