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10th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences

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The Tenth Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Committee on AI and its Applications to Environmental Science, will be held 22–26 January 2012 as part of the 92nd AMS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Our annual conference brings together AI researchers and environmental scientists with the goal of increasing the synergy between the two. We aim to increase the understanding and use of AI techniques in the environmental sciences while exposing AI researchers to the wide range of open problems in the environmental sciences. AI encompasses a broad field of computational intelligence (CI) disciplines including data mining, machine learning, statistical learning, self-organizing systems, evolutionary learning and expert systems.


This year’s AMS Annual Meeting theme of “Technology in Research and Operations” fits directly in with the use of AI in advancing environmental science. As such, the AI Conference will be co-sponsoring a variety of joint sessions with the following conferences and themes.

• 28th Conference on Interactive Information Processing Systems - Information processing using machine intelligence
• 21st Conference on Probability and Statistics in the Atmospheric Sciences - Bridging the gap between artificial intelligence and statistics in applications to environmental science
• 24th Conference on Climate Variability and Change - Data mining, prediction, and predictability of the climate system
• Third Symposium on Environment and Health - Tools, technologies, and methods to address weather and climate impacts on health
• 17th Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the A&WMA - Optimization Methods, Data mining, Decision Trees, Fuzzy Logic and Machine Learning for Source Inversion and Air Quality Prediction
• 18th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography - Artificial intelligence methods applied to satellite remote sensing
• 26th Conference on Hydrology - Theory and Applications of AI in Hydrometeorology

In addition to the regular paper sessions, we will be hosting the fifth annual AMS AI forecasting contest as a Wind Power Prediction Contest jointly with the Third Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy and the 21st Conference on Probability and Statistics in the Atmospheric Sciences. The contest may include a sponsored cash prize. Details and instructions will be available at the committee website (http://ai.metr.ou.edu/) by June 2011, including links to the contest dataset. Individuals or teams are invited to train the technique of their choice to generate predictions for an independent test dataset. This year’s contest will include two options: 1. forecasting a long time period with a goal of matching power output, and 2. forecasting wind power ramps. Entries will be judged based on how close these predictions are to the actual values of the predictand, as described in the contest instructions, and entrants will be asked to submit a paper describing their methods and results and to give an oral or poster presentation at the conference.

In addition to the joint sessions and contest, the AI conference will hold general sessions for papers on the following topics.

• Applications of data mining/knowledge discovery techniques to improve understanding of environmental science datasets
• Applications of AI in numerical weather prediction
• Applications of AI to decision support system development
• Applications of AI to probabilistic predictions, uncertainty estimates or risk analysis
• Applications of AI to environmental science problems
• Exposition of new or existing AI methods relevant to the environmental sciences

For additional information please contact the program chairperson, Dr. Amy McGovern, amcgovern@ou.edu (2/11; r6/11)