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California Researchers Evaluating the power of AI to Fight Wildfires

For a past decade now, the Los Angeles and the State of California are fighting with Wildfires leading to disruption in the region. As the states continue to grapple with the disruption, there is an urgent need of finding solutions to protect people from the threats.

To help firefighters plan and deploy resources efficiently, the researchers at UC San Diego’s San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) , University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering and Tall Timbers Research Station in Florida are developing an AI enabled solution. National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator program has awarded $5 million to develop the technology.

California Researchers Evaluating the power of AI to Fight WildfiresThe researchers are evaluating the studies of integrating AI to help firefighters plan how to control the Wildfires and manage unexpected blazes. They are developing BurnPro3D, an AI enabled platform. It will provide quick and accurate data which help the fire response community understand the risks and better plan fire disruption mitigation strategies.

The AI enabled platform will allow the firefighters customize the mitigation plans. The researchers will integrate WIFIRE Commons. WIFIRE Commons is SDSC ‘s data sharing and AI framework and USC’s MINT modeling framework. The platform is integrated with best fire models according to the fire condition in the area and based on the gathered data. Machine learning, deep learning, and constraint optimization methods are integrated into the platform to deliver best results.NSF Convergence Accelerator program and USC promote building advanced technology by integrating AI.

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