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Geological mapping in the age of Artificial Intelligence with Dr Charlie Kirkwood (IDSAI)

200 years since the publication of Britain’s first geological map by William Smith in 1815, our official geological maps - and those of geological surveys around the world - continue to be produced by a process of mental modelling and hand-drawing, in which polygons are drawn around parcels of rock that are deemed sufficiently self-similar to be classed as distinct units.

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This ‘classification first’ approach to mapping has a long history but also some notable flaws, including low fidelity and a lack of uncertainty quantification, which limit the real-world utility of these traditional maps. Now, developments in AI have the potential to enable a new future for geological mapping, in which the properties behind our traditional classifications can themselves be mapped in detail and with quantified uncertainties, shedding new light on the intricacies of the lithosphere.

This will be an accessible talk at the intersection of artificial intelligence and geology - as featured on the front cover of the Geological Society of London’s magazine this quarter!

Find out more about Charlie and our research fellows at IDSAI, click here.

Delivery and Registration:

The seminar will be delivered hybrid using Zoom. To register, please click here. Registration closes: Thursday, 12 January 2023 at 09:00 (GMT). If you miss the registration, please contact IDSAI.

Following Charlie's seminar, please join us for refreshments to catch up with friends and colleagues.

If you have any queries, please contact IDSAI.

This forms part of the IDSAI Research Seminar Series for 2022-2023.


Building:One Constantine LeventisTeaching Room