The aim of this first conference is to mix Belgian and Luxembourg actors of the Earth Observation (EO) sector with experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Even though the introduction of AI in the Space sector is gradually becoming a fact, it is interesting to have a closer look at the future interaction between both areas of expertise.
The recent progress and revolution in the field of AI technologies are a real asset to meet the current and future needs of the Space industry while the EO activities with their limitless amount of satellites or in-situ data offer a new playground to the AI world.
A close cooperation between AI and EO should result in a win-win situation.
Why Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation?
Satellite and drone imagery based applications are gradually but too slowly finding their way into regional and national end-user markets such as agriculture, energy, forestry, logistics and insurances.Until now, the huge amount of data and the cost related to their analysis remain the major barriers to the widespread use of EO based services.
Artificial intelligence seems to be THE solution for analyzing quickly and efficiently long time series of Earth observation in order to respond more efficiently to opportunities and challenges for the detection, identification and mapping of terrestrial phenomena.
8:30 Welcome coffee
9:00 Introduction of the day
9:15 Session 1 – Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence: State of the art
Moderator: Pietro Ceccato (Spacebel, Belgium)
- Pierre-Philippe Mathieu (ESA, Italie)
- Devis Tuia (UWageningen, NL)
- Vincent François (MILA, Canada) (TBC)
- XiaoXiang Zhu (DLR,Germany)
- Arun Kumar Sampathkumar (Frost & Sullivan, India)
10:45 Coffee break and networking
11:15 Session 2 – Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence: Examples and applications
Moderator: Lucien Hoffmann (LIST, Luxembourg)
- Marco Chini (LIST, Luxembourg)
- Peter Platzer (Spire, Germany)
- Philippe Loudjani (Joint Research Center, Italy)
- Pierre Defourny (UCLouvain, Belgium)
- Benjamin Hourte (EarthLab, Luxembourg)
12:45 Lunch Break and networking
1:45 Session 3 – Round Table – Needs & challenges to implement AI into EO
Moderator: Pierre Defourny (UCLouvain, Belgium)
- Christophe Montoisy (Réseau AI wallon, Belgium)
- Benoît Macq (Deep Learning Academy, Belgium) (TBC)
- Michel Ackerman (eBRC, Luxembourg)
- Jean-Claude Jasselette (SPW, Belgium) (TBC)
- Pierre-Philippe Mathieu (ESA, Italie) (TBC)
- Francesco Barbato (DG Growth)
3:00 Coffee break and networking
3:30 Session 4 – Tools to support AI implementation and funding potential
Moderator: Michel Stassart (SKYWIN, Belgium)
4:45 Synthesis of the day and closing words
5:00 Closing drink
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