Forestry in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
3:30 pm
La Sells Stewart Center-C&E Hall

The next century of forestry will be very different than the last. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are changing industries across the globe. Powered by cheap and abundant data, these tools can help us better manage complexity. But does adoption of these new tools result in improved forest design and thus, better forestry? In this talk, SilviaTerra president Zack Parisa will discuss how a flood of data from satellites and drones is changing the way forests are characterized and managed. He will lay out a practical framework for integrating "big data" into forestry and share a vision for how Machine Learning will transform how forests are valued and managed.

Zack Parisa is the co-founder and president of SilviaTerra. A forester and biometrician by training (BS in forest management from Mississippi State University, and MFS from Yale University), Zack has spent the past 10 years helping forest managers acquire, organize, and analyze information about their forests. He developed and patented a process which uses remotely-sensed imagery to make forest inventory far more efficient. SilviaTerra provides forest inventory for a majority of the largest timberland-owning companies, NGO’s and government agencies in the US and abroad to inform their land management decisions. SilviaTerra focuses on developing tools to extend better data to make better decisions in the context of the practice of forestry.