RiverCure: a new paradigm in flood modelling and simulation
The second RiverCure workshop took place on 02 June 2022 at Instituto Superior Técnico, signaling the close of this four-year FCT-funded project that brought together INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico and Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente (APA).
The workshop included an overview of the RiverCure project and its main outputs, as well as the mathematical modelling research, laboratory and field work it involved and the conception, implementation and applications of the “RiverCure Portal”.
Ran from June 2018 to June 2022, RiverCure (full title “RiverCure: Curating and assimilating crowdsourced and authoritative data to reduce uncertainty in river flow modelling”) proposed to reduce the uncertainty involved in flood simulation and forecasting, doing so by designing and implementing a novel Web Geographic Information System (GIS) platform — the “RiverCure Portal” — that combines observations and hydrodynamic modelling tools for the operational response, emergency preparedness, and risk assessment stages of the flood risk management cycle.
In addition to combining observations with computer modelling, RiverCure explored recent advances in computer vision and deep learning to classify geo-referenced images of flooding events shared by citizens in social media, evaluating the use of neural networks — computing systems that mimic biological neural networks by processing information through a series of interconnected mathematical functions represented by “artificial neurons” — in discriminating images showing direct evidence of a flood while estimating the severity of the flooding event.
RiverCure was coordinated by Rui Ferreira (IST/CERIS) and Alberto Silva (INESC-ID). Rui Ferreira is Associate Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico and a CERIS Hydraulics Research Group senior researcher. Alberto Silva is researcher within the INESC-ID Information and Decision Support Systems Research Area and Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science of Instituto Superior Técnico.
Rui Filipe Fernandes Prada: “Agregação” (Habilitation) in Computer Science and Engineering
Rui Filipe Fernandes Prada, INESC-ID researcher within the Artificial Intelligence for People and Society Research Area and Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Instituto Superior Técnico, will present a course unit report and a seminar in order to be awarded his Agregação (Habilitation) in Computer Science and Engineering on 28th and 29th June 2022.
Rui Prada will present the course unit report titled Specialisation in Games at 08:30am on 28th June 2022 (available on Zoom), followed by the seminar Human–Agent Interaction – Building Socially Intelligent Agents in
Games at 08:30am on 29th June 2022 (available on Zoom).
More details are available here.
ESSIR 2022: 13th European Summer School in Information Retrieval
This year’s edition of ESSIR, a 5-day teaching event on Information Retrieval (IR) and related research topics, will take place between 18-23 July 2022. The event is organized by NOVA LINCS (FCT UNL), INESC ID and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid with the support of the CMU Portugal Program and BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
The event will also incorporate the new edition of the Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA), which will provide a forum for early researchers to present their research in a friendly environment, while among senior researchers.
The summer school is addressed to students, Master’s students, Ph.D. Researchers, Industry and Academia practitioners. No deep previous knowledge of IR or ML is required, but the attendants are assumed to have some basic computer science and mathematics background.
The Summer School will be held at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (FCSH) of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
The early registration deadline is June the 15th 2022, and the application form is available online.
EPIA’22: EPIA Conference on Artificial Intelligence
The EPIA Conference on Artificial Intelligence is a well-established European conference. The 21st edition of the EPIA conference will take place at Instituto Superior Técnico by 2022.
As in previous editions, this international conference is hosted with the patronage of the Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence (APPIA).
The purpose of this conference is to promote research in all areas of AI, covering both theoretical/foundational issues and applications, and the scientific exchange among researchers, engineers and practitioners in related disciplines.
For further details please visit the EPIA’22 website.