Gencer Sumbul successfully defended his PhD thesis titled “Deep Image Representation Learning for Knowledge Discovery from Earth Observation Data Archives” on May 9th and received the distinction 'summa cum laude'. Congratulations Gencer!
We have recently released ConfigILM that is a pytorch based library, enabling fast development of visual question answering systems. This open-source library provides a convenient implementation for seamlessly combining models from two of the most popular pytorch libraries, timm and huggingface.
Leonard Hackel was awarded the Rolf-Niedermeier-Award for the best master thesis in Computer Engineering of TU Berlin. In his thesis, he developed lightweight transformer-based visual question answering (VQA) models for Earth observation. For details, click here.
We will host "MagicBathy - Multimodal multitAsk learninG for MultIsCale BATHYmetric mapping in shallow waters" research project funded through the HORIZON Europe MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships for the period 2023-2025. The project aims to establish an advanced framework for low-cost shallow water mapping.
Together with our partners within the TreeSatAI project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, we released the TreeSatAI benchmark archive that is a multi-sensor, multi-label dataset for tree species classification in remote sensing.
RSiM is involved in a new project 'Demonstrator Precursor Digital Assistant Interface For Digital Twin Earth' funded by the European Space Agency for the period 2022-2024. In this project, we will collaborate with the e-GEOS, Italy and the University of Athens in Greece.
RSiM is involved in a new project 'EOekoLand: Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence for Monitoring Organic Agriculture' funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action for the period 2022-2025. In this project, we will collaborate with the Thünen-Institut and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Germany.
BigEarth (which was founded based on an ERC-funded project) has turned into a permanent research group (BigEarth: Big Data Analytics for Earth Observation) at the Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD) and will be led by Prof. Demir.
We are looking for Phd candidates and Postdoctoral researchers to join our team. For details, visit this link.
Prof. Demir will give an invited talk about Deep Earth Query: Information Discovery from Big Earth Observation Data Archives on July 12th at 4PM (CET). If you would like to join, please register through the link.
Prof. Dr. Paolo Gamba from the University of Pavia, Italy, will visit RSiM to give an invited lecture on the week of June 13-17. For details, please visit: Advanced Urban Remote Sensing.
Prof. Demir will give an invited talk at the 2022 ECMWF Machine Learning Workshop on March 31st. In her presentation, she will talk about "Learning from Noisy Class Labels for Earth Observation".
Our group has received an unrestricted Google Gift for "Exploring research topics related to Google datasets, such as Dynamic World of Google Earth Engine and Open Buildings of Google Research.
Prof. Demir will be one of the speakers at "The Transformative Effect of Science - A Joint Event of the Berlin University Alliance and the European Research Council", organized in the "Berlin Science Week".
Prof. Demir will give an invited talk at the key session 'AI4EO Learning from Earth Observation Data to Understand Our Planet' at the ESA Φ-Week.
Prof. Demir will be one of the keynote speakers at MACLEAN workshop that will be held in conjunction with the European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML/PKDD).
Prof. Demir is one of the PIs of the recently established TU Berlin-Huawei Wireless Joint Innovation Center that is focused on innovative solutions for future Wireless Communication Systems beyond 5G.
To reduce the negative impact of noisy land-use and land-cover annotations, we research on developing noise robust deep learning models. We have recently made public our codes on noise robust deep learning models for Earth observation at noisy-labels-in-rs.org.
RSiM is involved in a new project 'TreeSatAI-Künstliche Intelligenz mit Erdbeobachtungs- und Multi-Source Geodaten für das Infrastruktur-, Naturschutz- und Waldmonitoring' funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for the period 2020-2022. The project partners are: Geoinformation in Environmental Planning Group of TU Berlin, LiveEO, LUP, DFKI and Vision Impulse.
The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), organizes the International Conference on Big Data and Machine Learning in Geosciences that will be held on February 20-21, 2020 in Berlin. Prof. Demir is an invited speaker and will give a talk on ‘Deep Earth Query: Information Discovery from Big Earth Observation Data Archives’. Further information is available here.
Prof. Demir was a panelist at the GeoAI workshop to discuss barriers, opportunities, and the way forward in exploiting high-resolution planetary imagery for greater societal impact. The highlight of this event was the presentations and discussions on societal AI challenges by experts from image science, computer vision, machine learning, high performance computing. Further information is available here.
Prof. Demir has been appointed as a member of the editorial board of "Remote Sensing Image Processing" section for the MDPI Remote Sensing journal.
RSiM got a new project 'IDEAL-VGI - Information Discovery from Big Earth Observation Data Archives by Learning from Volunteered Geographic Information', which will be funded by the German Research Foundation for the period Oct. 2019-Oct. 2022. IDEAL-VGI is supported under the Priority Programme “Volunteered Geographic Information: Interpretation, Visualisation and Social Computing” [SPP 1894]).
We have made public our BigEarthNet archive that is significantly larger than the existing archives in remote sensing and opens up promising directions to advance research for the analysis of large-scale remote sensing image archives.
Prof. Dr. Demir has been appointed as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters.
Prof. Demir is the recipient of the prestigious “2018 Early Career Award” presented by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). IEEE GRSS founded in 1962 is the most important international scientific society in the field of geosciences and remote sensing. Factors considered for assigning the award are: quality, the significance and impact of contributions, papers published in archival journals, papers presented at conferences and symposia, a demonstration of leadership, and advancement of the profession.
The President, Prof. Dr. Thomsen welcomed all newly appointed professors at TU Berlin.
Prof. Dr. Begüm Demir moved with her BigEarth project from Italy to the TU Berlin. BigEarth is a research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, and it aims to develop a scalable and accurate Earth Observation (EO) image search and retrieval system for an accurate and fast discovery of crucial information for observing Earth from Big EO Archives.