TACC Podcast Looks at AI and Water Management

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Dr. Suzanne Pierce from TACC

In this TACC podcast, Suzanne Pierce from the Texas Advanced Computing Center describes her upcoming panel discussion on AI and water management and the work TACC is doing to support efforts to bridge advanced computing with Earth science.

“It’s a great time to look at artificial intelligence as a tool that helps humans make better decisions. At this point, the kinds of artificial intelligence that are being developed are really accelerating and improving the way we can understand our problems. It’s something that is exciting. It’s very promising and really needed. I think that it’s also important to know that there’s always a human in the loop. It’s not giving control to to the AI. It’s about letting the AI help us be better decision makers. And it helps us move towards answering, discussing, and exploring the questions that are most important and most critical for our quality of life and our communities so that we can develop a future together that’s brighter.”


Computational tools, such as directed networks to visualize connections and patterns in a dataset, are helping bridge advanced computing with the geosciences. Topic analysis (2017) of the Texas State Water Plans data. Credit: Suzanne Pierce.

Scientists and the rest of society are facing complex water management problems. Artificial intelligence offers a new research frontier in this field. AI has transformative potential to provide new insights and support decisions across all areas of water science. Wicked water resource problems frequently exceed the human capacity to identify solutions without the aid of complex models and data. This session looks at the provocative intersection between humans and information. Discussions will focus on the role AI systems and tools may play in improving decisions about water across scales. Streamlining the use of advanced computing and intelligent systems for the myriad of water resource issues will accelerate innovation.

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