Cornell Bowers College of Computing and Information Science

AI analyzes bird sightings to help conserve species

October 4, 2023

By Pat Leonard, Cornell Lab of Orinthology

For the first time, big data and artificial intelligence are being used to model hidden patterns in nature – not just for one bird species, but for entire ecological communities across continents.

The models follow the full annual life cycle of each species, from breeding to fall migration to nonbreeding grounds, and back north again during spring migration.

Climate-driven disease compromises seagrass health

By Blaine Friedlander for the Cornell Chronicle 

In an oceanic omen for climate change’s intensifying effects, Cornell-led research (including Carla P. Gomes, professor in the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science) shows that seagrass – through large swaths of intertidal meadows in the Pacific Northwest – suffers from a lesion-filled wasting disease. The grasses’ once-vibrant plant root systems are deteriorating, too.

Carla Gomes, Computational Sustainability Trailblazer, Honored

Carla P. Gomes, the Ronald and Antonia Nielsen Professor of Computing and Information Science, is the recipient of the 2021 Feigenbaum Prize, given by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). 

The prize is awarded biennially to recognize and encourage outstanding AI research advances made by using experimental methods of computer science. The “laboratories” for the experimental work are real-world domains, where the power of the research results are demonstrated.

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