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An abstract/poster presentation titled, Analyzing and Monitoring the Effect of Precipitation on Susquehanna River Basin using a Dashboard and Machine Learning Approaches: A Pilot Study, has been accepted for display at the prestigious AI World Conference & Expo at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston Oct. 23-25, 2019.

Four different views of the watershed correspond to different important environmental science areas: Land use (green=rural, red =urban), underlying Geology (colors represent different rock types), Soils (green/tan=healthy; red=highly altered soil, and Mine Drainage) (white dots=monitoring sites, colored dots=contamination).

The abstract and poster highlight the university’s “SRBC Monitoring Dashboard System” project launched by HU’s Center for Environment, Energy, and Economy (E3) in collaboration with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) earlier this year.

HU President, Dr. Eric Darr, awarded the project a Presidential Research Grant so HU could partner with the commission to develop an initial version of a digital dashboard, dubbed the SRBC Monitoring Dashboard System, which can identify relationships between different environmental parameters and indicators, and present them to facilitate the commission’s management and river stewardship decisions. HU’s research effort and development of dashboard improvements is ongoing.

The AI World Conference is the artificial intelligence industry’s largest independent business event focused on the state of the practice of AI in enterprise. AI World 2019’s main conference program includes focused tracks covering a multitude of industries and technology topics such as Financial ServicesAI in Healthcare, AI in PharmaAI in Retail and eCommerceAI in EnergyAI in ManufacturingEmerging AI Research, and more.

HU’s abstract will be on display during the conference poster presentation. It will depict the dashboard the university is creating for the commission. The dashboard is being developed to provide the commission with screens that display critical information that gives managers a unified view of environmental data.

“This project demonstrated the power of data science to augment decision making and stewardship of natural resources by a management agency,” SRBC Executive Director Andrew Dehoff stated. “We were also pleased to have HU faculty and doctoral students work with our staff on this vitally important program.”

The SRBC has developed programs to assess and track water quality conditions in the basin using various chemical, biological, and habitat data. Continuous monitoring, forecasting, predictive analytics and timely interventions are of utmost importance to achieve the Commission’s objectives.

A central dashboard would greatly enhance the commission’s capacity to meet its mission. HU Professors Siamak Aram, Mike Meyer, Roozbeh Sadeghian and John H. Quigley, Director of HU’s Center for E3, are working with undergraduate and graduate students and in collaboration with the SRBC on the project.

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