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CAII Faculty Affiliate Dr. Kaiyu Guan, Blue Waters Associate Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be the next speaker at the DTI Colloquium on December 2, 1 pm PT/3 pm CT. Kaiyu’s talk will be “Quantifying Carbon Credit over U.S. Midwestern Cropland Using AI-Based Data-Model Fusion.”

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Abstract: In this talk, we will first provide an overview of the background on agriculture carbon credit, and then focus on the quantification of field-level carbon credit, including the issues in the conventional methods, and our proposed “System-of-Systems” solution that leverages various sources of sensing data, process-based modeling, and AI-based Model-Data Fusion methods. to achieve field-level, accurate, scalable and cost-effective quantification.

Bio: Kaiyu Guan is the Blue Waters Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He got his PhD at Princeton University and was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University. His research group uses satellite data, computational models, field work, and AI to address how climate and human practices affect crop productivity, water resource availability, and ecosystem functioning. He has published over 100 papers in leading scientific journals and leads over 15 federal grants from NASA, NSF, DOE, and USDA. He is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, the NASA New Investigator Award, the AGU Early Career Award in Global Environmental Change, and was a Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists Finalist. 

About the Digital Transformation Institute 

Established in March 2020 by C3 AI, Microsoft, and leading universities, the Digital Transformation Institute is a research consortium dedicated to accelerating the socioeconomic benefits of artificial intelligence. The Institute engages the world’s leading scientists to conduct research and train practitioners in the new Science of Digital Transformation, which operates at the intersection of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, internet of things, big data analytics, organizational behavior, public policy, and ethics. The ten Digital Transformation Institute consortium member universities and research laboratories are: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon University; KTH Royal Institute of Technology; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; National Center for Supercomputing Applications at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Princeton University; Stanford University; and University of Chicago. Learn more at