The First International Workshop on Climate Informatics
Friday, August 26th, 2011
The New York Academy of Sciences
New York, NY
The threat of climate change is one of the greatest challenges currently facing society. Given the profound impact machine learning has made on the natural sciences to which it has been applied, such as the field of bioinformatics, we are forging and encouraging collaborations between machine learning (as well as data mining and statistics) and climate science, in order to accelerate progress in answering pressing questions in climate science. The goal of this workshop is to incubate this new field, Climate Informatics. Recent progress on Climate Informatics reveals that collaborations with climate scientists also open interesting new problems for machine learning. There are a myriad of collaborations possible at the intersection of these two fields. We hope that every workshop attendee leaves with a new collaboration in Climate Informatics.
The format of the workshop will emphasize communication among the various fields, with a strong emphasis on brainstorming and break-out sessions, as well as a panel discussion. In addition to tutorials and talks by distinguished speakers from machine learning, climate science, statistics, and related fields, there will be a break-out session on Problems, introducing climate science problems for small group brainstorming, and one on Data, discussing climate data types. The hope is that these complementary top-down and bottom-up approaches will spawn collaborations through free-form small group discussions. We will also generate a white paper on Climate Informatics, as a result of the workshop.
This free, day-long workshop will conclude with a networking reception, and will include lunch. Competitive travel fellowships may also be offered.
Please see the official website at the New York Academy of Sciences, for FREE registration, program, and complete details, including sponsorship information. This site here is a wiki containing additional information for attendees in advance of the workshop.
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