QuakeCoRE Seminar – 14 May 2021

QuakeCoRE Seminar – 19 March 2021
February 26, 2021
Calls for for Expressions of Interest for Two New Committees
March 5, 2021

10 am Friday 14th May

David Dempsey (University of Canterbury)

Artificial Intelligence assisted Ground-Motion Simulation


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are buzzwords that get thrown about quite a bit, sometimes recklessly in an effort to increase research clout. However, there are genuine advantages to these new computational techniques, most of which are just a new spin on familiar signal processing, curve fitting and optimisation procedures. Like many other disciplines, ground motion simulation has benefitted from the application of these new tools.

In this talk, I will introduce some of the philosophical underpinnings of AI/ML: what it is, how it works, and why you might like to try it for yourself. I will then describe recent contributions that exemplify the three A’s:

  1. Automating earthquake detection and quality classification.
  2. Accelerating ground motion simulation performed by computationally intensive physics engines.
  • Aha!” – the discovery of unrecognized patterns in data.

Finally, I will conclude with a few suitably optimistic comments about future trends in AI/ML and that could lead to on-demand, operational ground motion simulation for disaster response.

For details on how to join the seminar – return to the 2020 Seminar series home page link

Zoom link

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