Pisa, Italy

Introduction to Machine Learning in Geosciences

when 1 July 2024 - 5 July 2024
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 500

A large number of applications that only a few years ago would have been considered impossible to be performed without any sort of human interaction are now autonomously executed by increasingly more powerful machines and sophisticated algorithms. Fed by an enormous quantity of available data, machine learning algorithms can learn, without being explicitly programmed, to solve complex tasks such as speech, face, and object recognition or to play and even defeat the best human players at the ancient game of Go.

Machine-learning is becoming an essential skill in many data-intensive scientific fields, including Earth Sciences related disciplines.

In many fields of Geosciences datasets are growing in size and variety at an exceptionally fast rate, highlighting the need for new data processing and assimilation techniques that are able to exploit the information deriving from this data explosion. Machine-learning techniques have the potential to push forward the state of the art of data analysis procedures used in different fields of the Geosciences. In this context, we propose a Summer School that focuses on the use of Machine Learning techniques to geophysical, geological and environmental data.

The Summer School will cover topics listed below. Each topic will be accompanied by specific practical sessions, focused on the solution of general geophysical, geological and environmental problems.

- Overview of the course and general machine learning concepts

Supervised Learning:
- Regression (Linear and Non-linear regression techniques)
- Classification (Logistic Regression, K-NearestNeighbors and Support Vector Machines)

Unsupervised Learning:
- Clustering (k-means, Hierarchical Clustering, DB-Scan)
- Data Reduction (PCA and ICA)

Deep Learning:
- Basics on Artificial Neural Networks (Activation function, Back-propagation, Training and Optimization)
- The Multi-Layer Perceptron
- Convolutional Neural Networks for image classication

Course leader

Dr. Francesco Grigoli

Target group

Graduate Students, Early-Stage Researchers, Professionals

Course aim

This Summer School aim to provide an overview of the main machine learning methods and their application to geophysical, geological and environmental data, keeping a more practical flavour.

After the course the student will be able to use basic machine learning techniques applied to geosciences. The student will learn to identify which ML method is more suitable than others for the analysis of a particular datasets and to evaluate the performance of the used models. After the course the student will also have an overview of the main Machine Learning libraries (in particular SciKit-Learn, Tensorflow and Keras)

Fee info

EUR 500: tuition fees


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