S3 EP1: State of AI for Earth Observation

Series 3

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In this episode, we’re discussing how Artificial Intelligence can be used to enhance Earth Observation.

Most of the images generated by satellites will never be seen by human eyes. There simply aren’t enough humans on Earth—let alone trained experts—to sift through the TBs of imagery generated daily and extract valuable intelligence and insight.

Big data and AI approaches can be used for innovative and cost-effective management and processing of data, learning to recognise patterns and find correlations that humans would otherwise miss. New insights unlocked in this way offer the potential to deliver value to a range of users across markets such as finance, insurance, transport, and agriculture.

Episode Guests


Maral Bayaraa

Senior Earth Observation Consultant

Satellite Applications Catapult

James Parr


Trillium Technologies

Dr. Freddie Kalaitzis

Senior Research Fellow

University of Oxford

Episode Host


Dallas Campbell

Broadcaster and Writer

Dallas presents some of television’s most popular factual programmes, his immersive documentaries lift the curtain on our human planet, giving audiences of all ages and backgrounds an exclusive backstage pass to some of the world’s most fascinating stories, ideas and places.

Beyond television, Dallas is an author, speaker, and ambassador for STEM education. He works closely with several major outreach initiatives which help kids across the UK think creatively about technology and innovation. He works internationally with the British Council’s FameLab project, designing and running workshops for early career academics, helping them hone their science communication skills.


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