Michele Volpi

Michele Volpi

Lead Data Scientist
Academia
(Alumni)

Michele received a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2013. He was then a visiting postdoc in the CALVIN group, Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour of the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2014-2016). He then joined the Multimodal Remote Sensing and the Geocomputation groups at the Geography department of the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2016-2017). His main research activities were at the interface of computer vision, machine and deep learning for the extraction of information from aerial photos, satellite optical images and geospatial data in general.

Projects

CLIMIS4AVAL

In Progress
Real-time cleansing of snow and weather data for operational avalanche forecasting
Energy, Climate & Environment

deepLNAfrica

In Progress
Deep statistical learning-based image analysis for measurement of socioeconomic development in sub-Saharan Africa using high-resolution satellite images, and geo-referenced household survey data
Energy, Climate & Environment

ArcticNAP

In Progress
Exploring the natural aerosol baseline for improved model predictions of Arctic climate change
Energy, Climate & Environment

BioDetect

In Progress
Deep Learning for Biodiversity Detection and Classification
Energy, Climate & Environment

DEAPSnow

In Progress
Improving snow avalanche forecasting by data-driven automated predictions
Energy, Climate & Environment

MSEI

In Progress
Molecular structure elucidation by integrating different data mining strategies
Big Science Data

ACE-DATA

Completed
Delivering Added-value To Antarctica
Energy, Climate & Environment

Publications

Mentioned in

November 30, 2023

A simple dashboard facilitates the work of parliamentary services

A simple dashboard facilitates the work of parliamentary services

The SDSC has developed a dashboard with which parliamentary services can calculate the composition of the committees of the National Council.
November 30, 2023

Un tableau de bord simple facilite le travail des services du Parlement

Un tableau de bord simple facilite le travail des services du Parlement

Le SDSC a développé un tableau de bord qui permet aux services du Parlement de calculer la composition des commissions du Conseil national.
November 30, 2023

Ein einfaches Dashboard erleichtert die Arbeit der Parlamentsdienste

Ein einfaches Dashboard erleichtert die Arbeit der Parlamentsdienste

Das SDSC hat einen Dashboard entwickelt mit dem die Parlamentsdienste die Zusammensetzung der Kommissionen des Nationalrats berechnen können.
November 30, 2023

Un semplice pannello di controllo facilita il lavoro dei servizi parlamentari

Un semplice pannello di controllo facilita il lavoro dei servizi parlamentari

Lo SDSC ha sviluppato un semplice “dashboard” con cui i servizi parlamentari possono calcolare la composizione delle commissioni del Consiglio nazionale
November 30, 2023

La Liberté | AI to better detect plastic waste at sea [In French]

La Liberté | AI to better detect plastic waste at sea [In French]

Scientists at EPFL and Wageningen University have developed an AI model that recognizes plastic objects floating on water in satellite images.
October 31, 2023

Street2Vec | Self-supervised learning unveils change in urban housing from street-level images

Street2Vec | Self-supervised learning unveils change in urban housing from street-level images

It is difficult to effectively monitor and track progress in urban housing. We attempt to overcome these limitations by utilizing self-supervised learning with over 15 million street-level images taken between 2008 and 2021 to measure change in London.
October 25, 2023

Computerworld | AI predicts avalanche danger [In German]

Computerworld | AI predicts avalanche danger [In German]

The AI project "DEAPSnow" takes avalanche forecasting to a whole new level.
October 9, 2023

DEAPSnow | AI for avalanche forecasting

DEAPSnow | AI for avalanche forecasting

“DEAPSnow”, a project by the Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC) and the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support avalanche forecasters in creating the avalanche bulletin. This product provides essential information about the prevailing snow and avalanche conditions in the Swiss Alps and the Jura.
September 23, 2022

What you see is what you classify: black box attributions

What you see is what you classify: black box attributions

The lack of transparency of black-box models is a fundamental problem in modern Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. This work focuses on how to unbox deep learning models for image classification problems.
October 28, 2021

DEAPSnow | Supporting avalanche forecasting in the Swiss Alps using machine learning

DEAPSnow | Supporting avalanche forecasting in the Swiss Alps using machine learning

The creation of avalanche bulletins is still a largely expert-driven and manual task. DEAPSnow aims to explore the feasibility of using data-driven models to support the process of avalanche danger forecast.
May 2, 2019

ACE-DATA | Antarctic circumnavigation expedition – delivering added value to Antarctica

ACE-DATA | Antarctic circumnavigation expedition – delivering added value to Antarctica

Understanding the complexity of the Earth systems and our climate is important to be able to make predictions about how they may change in the future. To do this, scientists use models which describe the relevant processes.

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