Speakers: Ivan Zvonkov

Machine Learning Engineer at NASA Harvest

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Ivan is a Machine Learning Engineer at NASA Harvest where he works on machine learning systems using satellite data for food security. Ivan's work on agriculture mapping with deep learning supports several capacity-building efforts related to smallholder farming. Before joining NASA Harvest, Ivan worked at a fintech start-up developing machine learning and data science solutions for automating trade finance document processing. Ivan is currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland Computer Science program and holds a BEng in Software Engineering at the University of Western Ontario where he developed an award-winning forest fire forecasting capstone project.

On the agenda

  1. Localizing AI

    Sep. 28, 04:30pm Panel South Hub

    AI holds great promise for automating insights from massive earth data streams. But AI models underperform and AI-derived data fails to represent many parts of the world.

    This panel will explore approaches to inject local knowledge in improve AI outcomes. We will explore Human in the Loop AI approaches and No-Code / Low-Code approaches that make model develeopment and refinement more accessible. From mapping schools in rural Asia and producing fast landcover maps in the United States, to preventing illegal logging in Liberia and making better maps in Monrovia -- the experts who have built AI methodologies, tools and programs will share their perspectives on the potential for these methods to improve quality, bridge gaps between ML engineering and domain expertise, and improve inclusivity.



  1. Amazon Web Services (AWS)

  2. Caribou Space

  3. Esri

  4. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  5. Picterra

  6. Planet

  7. Replicable AI for Microplanning (RAMP)

  8. SparkGeo

  9. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


  1. Azavea

  2. Capella Space

  3. D4DInsights

  4. Element84

  5. European Space Agency (ESA)

  6. Locana

  7. PLACE

  8. Radiant Earth Foundation

  9. TileDB

  10. Umbra


  1. Cyient

  2. Development Seed

  3. DevGlobal

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