Geospatial AI/ML Applications and Policies – A Global Perspective
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The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC), a global not-for-profit trade association of leading geospatial companies in association with our partner organization, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), welcomes you to the Virtual Report Launch of the WGIC report titled “Geospatial AI/ML (GeoAI) Applications and Policies – A Global Perspective.”
Participants joining this exclusive launch event will also get full access to this report on Geospatial AI/ML (GeoAI) Applications and Policies.
The study and outcome report by the WGIC titled “Geospatial AI/ML Applications and Policies – A Global Perspective” aims to inform both governments and industry alike about the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) in the geospatial data, technology, and its applications. The report also identifies key global issues and policy intricacies in AI/ML. It highlights the unique needs for analyzing the geospatial sector and the dearth of specialized AI talent.
The report identifies Geospatial AI/ML (GeoAI) trends and use-cases for the near-term (next two years – starting 2021) and mid-term (up to five years), and long-term. The report further identifies the areas of rapid growth within the geospatial domain and GeoAI trends that will emerge and evolve with Computer Science & Information Technology’s rapid technological developments.
The report reviews the laws and legislation related to AI governance in twelve countries¹ and the European Union that provides a global representation, mainly covering the most technologically advanced markets. The report implies a new set of laws for AI governance will be enacted in major jurisdictions in the coming years to tackle the issues around fairness, explainability, intellectual property, and data privacy.
The report’s recommendations include policy principles for the geospatial industry to follow on ethics and privacy so that citizens and policymakers can build trust in the geospatial industry. The report calls for industry cooperation on tests and audits for AI systems, categorizes use-cases by harm levels so that governments can calibrate regulations, and promotes open data and other mechanisms to increase data access for all players to boost innovation. Further, the report advocates to governments the need for adaptive GeoAI policies that align with the new normal.
The report is available for download at https://go.wgicouncil.org/geoai-21
¹ Twelve countries/regions covered in the study and report – Australia, Brazil, China, European Union, India, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America.
Speakers, Panelists and Moderators
ARNOUT DESMET Vice President Maps at TomTom and Chair of WGIC Policy Development & Advocacy CommitteeTomTom
STEPHANIE LEONARDHead of Traffic Innovation and PolicyTomTomStephanie has already spent nearly 10 years working with the EU from all corners of the transportation sector. After finishing her university studies in Scotland and Canada, Stephanie first entered the mobility space by specialising in electric vehicles. Stephanie has thrived in the male-dominated transportation industry by becoming a voice and role model for young women in transportation. Stephanie has extensive experience in both the governmental and private sector and is skilled at bringing people together in order to drive innovation and push for progress, focusing mainly on road safety. Having spoken across the globe about technology to politicians and business leaders alike, Stephanie is an exciting voice bringing new ideas and fresh thinking into the automotive and mobility world.
KUMAR NAVULUR Sr. Director of Strategic Business Development at Maxar Technologies and Member of WGIC Policy CommitteeMaxar Technologies
JIM VAN RENS Senior Vice President at Riegl International and Member of WGIC Policy CommitteeRiegl International
PROF SHASHI SHEKHARMcKnight Distinguished University ProfessorUniversity of MinnesotaShashi Shekhar, a McKnight Distinguished University Professor at the University of Minnesota and an U.C. Berkeley alumnus, is a leading scholar of spatial computing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is serving on the Computing Research Association (CRA) board, and as a co-Editor-in-Chief of Geo-Informatica journal (Springer). Earlier, he served as the President of the University Consortium for GIS (UCGIS), and on many National Academies' committees. Recognitions include IEEE-CS Technical Achievement Award, UCGIS Education Award, IEEE Fellow and AAAS Fellow. Contributions include algorithms for evacuation route planning and spatial pattern (e.g., colocation, linear hotspots) mining, an Encyclopedia of GIS a Spatial Databases textbook.s as a spatial computing book for professionals.