Islamabad: (Parliament Times) International conference on role of
artificial intelligence in environment monitoring was held at NUST School of
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (SEECS) on 21st August
2019. The conference’s theme this year was Artificial intelligence – A
game changer for climate change and the environment. The conference brought
together renowned scholars and scientists from across the globe.
Addressing the closing
session, the chief guest, State Minister for Climate Change Ms Zartaj Gul,
praised NUST for organizing a conference of high academic value. Zartaj Gul
said that currently our government is running a plastic bag ban campaign in
Islamabad and our priority is to implement this ban in whole Pakistan. Speaking
about the role of Artificial intelligence, minister said AI has helped
researchers achieve 89 to 99 percent accuracy in identifying tropical cyclones,
weather fronts and atmospheric rivers, the latter of which can cause heavy
precipitation and are often hard for humans to identify on their own. By
improving weather forecasts, these types of programs can help keep people safe.
Moreover, the minister emphasize that advances in artificial intelligence (AI)
could be one of the solutions to solving major global environmental crises—from
climate change to animal endangerment to disease containment. In the end
minister planted a tree at NUST main campus and gave two messages to youth that
“Please plant tress” and “Do not waste water”.
Earlier in his remarks,
Lt Gen Naweed Zaman, HI (M), (Retd), Rector NUST, said that conference has met
total success through the efforts of its organizers & scholarly
participants. Rector emphasized that AI and machine learning is currently being
used to automate environmental inspections through AI analysis of images
obtained by satellite or drone. AI technology has huge potential and can
extend the reach and efficiency of environmental inspections and
significantly enhance regulatory effectiveness.