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Workshop on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation

Workshop on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation


On 19-20 November, the European Commission hosted a workshop on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation (EO).

The two-day workshop presented nine research projects on big data and artificial intelligence for Copernicus and Earth Observation, funded under the Horizon 2020 Space Programme.

It presented the results of the five projects selected under the topic ‘EO-2-2017: EO Big Data Shift’.

The workshop also introduced three new projects selected under the topic ‘DT-SPACE-25-EO-2020: Big data technologies and Artificial Intelligence for Copernicus’. Additionally, there was one project selected under the topic ‘LC-SPACE-18-EO-2020 Copernicus evolution: Research activities in support of the evolution of the Copernicus services’ subtopic ‘Copernicus Land Monitoring Service’.

The workshop provided the chance to learn about innovative EO solutions developed by the projects: the BETTER Data Pipelines, the CANDELA platform, the EOPEN platform, OpenEO’s API, and PerceptiveSentinel's EO-LEARN Python library. It also provided an insight into what the new projects hope to achieve: CALLISTO’s highly interoperable Big Data platform, the DeepCube Platform for analytics and AI, GEM’s AI-enhanced EO-LEARN framework and RapidAI4EO’s improved AI processes and training datasets for land monitoring applications.


Presentations and Event Recordings

Access the REA’s introduction presentation.

Watch the event recording for day 1.

Watch the event recording for day 2.

Access the presentation slides for each project:











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  1. 19 Nov 2020,
    09:00 AM - 09:10 AM CET

    Welcome – REA

  2. 09:10 AM - 09:30 AM CET

    EO Big Data and AI in Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe - EC DG DEFIS

  3. 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM CET

    OpenEO – a common, open source interface between Earth Observation data infrastructures and front-end applications

  4. 10:30 AM - 10:40 AM CET

    Coffee break    

  5. 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM CET

    CANDELA – Copernicus Access Platform Intermediate Layers Small Scale Demonstrator

  6. 11:40 AM - 12:40 PM CET

    PerceptiveSentinel – BIG DATA knowledge extraction and re-creation platform

  7. 12:40 PM - 01:00 PM CET

    GEM – Global Earth Monitor

  8. 20 Nov 2020,
    09:00 AM - 09:10 AM CET

    Welcome – REA

  9. 09:10 AM - 10:10 AM CET

    EOPEN – opEn interOperable Platform for unified access and analysis of Earth observatioN data

  10. 10:10 AM - 10:30 AM CET

    CALLISTO – Copernicus Artificial Intelligence Services and data fusion with other distributed data sources and processing at the edge to support DIAS and HPC infrastructures

  11. 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM CET

    DeepCube – Explainable AI Pipelines for Big Copernicus Data

  12. 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM CET

    Coffee break    

  13. 11:10 AM - 12:10 PM CET

    BETTER – Big-data Earth Observation Technology and Tools Enhancing Research and development      

  14. 12:10 PM - 12:30 PM CET

    RapidAI4EO – Advancing the State-of-the-Art for Rapid and Continuous Land Monitoring

  15. 12:30 PM - 01:00 PM CET


Practical information

Online only