Draft charter for artificial intelligence in geoinformatics

September 5th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) seeks public comment on the draft Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (GeoAI) Domain Working Group (DWG) Charter. Artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning (DL) technologies have started to be coupled with geoinformatics and are bringing geospatial intelligence to various domains, including autonomous transportation, predictable healthcare and sustainable urban planning/design/development, among others.

For example, AI-assisted volunteered geographic information (such as OpenStreetMap data) accelerates the development of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) from satellite imagery. Also, deep learning techniques provide micro-level prediction of human mobility and environmental exposure across different geographic areas in epidemiology. Further, autonomous vehicles gather, manage, and analyse massive amounts of geospatial data from a combination of GPS, cameras, and other traffic sensors and navigate with high-level human-like perception by using deep learning. Clearly, many fields can benefit from combining artificial intelligence with geospatial data.

The GeoAI DWG has been chartered to identify use cases and applications related to AI in geospatial domains such as healthcare, smart home, and autonomous cars. The working group will provide an open forum for broad discussion and presentation of use cases with the purpose of bringing geoscientists, computer scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and decision makers from academia, industry, and government together to develop, share, and research the latest trends, successes, challenges, and opportunities in the field of AI with geospatial data. The group will aim to investigate the feasibility and interoperability of OGC standards to use and re-use geospatial data in AI applications, as well as describe gaps and issues that could lead to new geospatial standardisation within the GeoAI community.

The draft Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (GeoAI) Domain Working Group charter is available for review and comment on the OGC Portal, with comments due by 25 September 2018. Further, OGC Testbed-14 contains a machine learning, deep learning and artificial intelligence task to evaluate how to best support these advances and publish inputs to and outputs from them using OGC Web Services.

Contact OGC, info@opengeospatial.org