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Smart Sky: Transforming Earth Observation through AI

Live Talk on Earth Observation with scientists from NASA, the Planetarium Berlin, and BIFOLD

On March 19th, 2024, the public live talk 'Smart Sky: Transforming Earth Observation through AI' took place at the Zeiss Großplanetarium in Berlin. The event delved into the realm of satellite imagery provided by the European Copernicus and NASA program, unveiling the profound insights they offer into Earth's ecosystems, including biodiversity trends. In three engaging lectures, scientists from NASA (Manil Maskey), the Planetarium (Anna Green), and BIFOLD (Panagiotis Agrafiotis) explained the significance of satellite images, showcased cutting-edge AI techniques employed for analysis, and illuminated the myriad applications stemming from these analyses, all while sharing some of their most spectacular satellite images in the planetarium dome.

The event was jointly organized by Stiftung Planetarium Berlin and the Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD) at TU Berlin. Furthermore, it served as a cornerstone of a larger two-day workshop entitled "Machine Learning and Data Management for Earth Observation". Engaging in fruitful discussions with around 200 participants, pivotal themes ranging from AI-integrated, data-centric algorithms to planetary-scale applications, as well as the establishment of foundational models ensuring scalability, explainability, reproducibility, and adherence to ethical and open science principles in the field of Earth observation.
Heartfelt appreciation is extended to all those who contributed to the success of both the workshop and the public lecture. Special recognition is due to the esteemed speakers: Alex Szalay, Pierre-Philippe Mathieu, Hannah Kerner, Grega Milcinski, Alejandro Coca-Castro, Vitaly Feldman, Mrinalini Kochupillai, Manil Maskey, Noel Gorelick, Ingo Simonis, Johannes Jakubik, Ribana Roscher, Paolo Gamba, Ronny Hänsch, Katarzyna Ewa Lewinska, Anna Green and Panagiotis Agrafiotis.