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STEP Seminar: Curbing Climate Change with AI and Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry with Prof. Shashi Shekhar

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


About the Event:

AI-CLIMATE (AI Institute for Climate-Land Interactions, Mitigation, Adaptation, Tradeoffs and Economy) aims to advance artificial intelligence (AI) by incorporating laws of nature and leveraging new nature-informed AI methods to curb climate effects while lifting rural economies. By creating a new scientific discipline and innovation ecosystem intersecting AI and climate-smart agriculture and forestry, it plans to discover and invent compelling AI-powered knowledge and solutions. Examples include specialized field-to-market decision support tools and AI-powered estimation methods of soil organic carbon, emissions, and moisture. A key goal is to lower the cost of and improve accounting for carbon in farms and forests to empower carbon markets and inform decision-making. The Institute will also expand and diversify rural and urban AI workforces.

AI-CLIMATE is a joint effort currently involving the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (lead), Colorado State University, Cornell University, Delaware State University, North Carolina State University, and Purdue University.

The AI-CLIMATE is one of 7 National AI Research Institutes (NAIRIs) announced on May 4th, 2023 under the federal responsible AI initiative. These Institutes aim to catalyze collaborative efforts across institutions of higher education, federal agencies, industry, and others to pursue transformative AI advances that are ethical, trustworthy, responsible, and serve the public good. Also, they bolster AI R&D infrastructure and support the development of a diverse AI workforce. They will drive breakthroughs in critical areas, including climate, agriculture, energy, etc.

This is a hybrid event. In-person attendees will be meeting in the Josie Johnson Community Room 180 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and virtual attendees will meet via Zoom.

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January 29
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Josie Johnson Community Room 180, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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