UAlbany harnessing artificial intelligence for winter storm forecasts

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ALBANY  — Sometimes, when people mention artificial intelligence they may think of facial recognition used by police, or speech recognition that your Alexis or Siri device miraculously – sometimes annoyingly – uses to order a pizza or call up a song.AI has other uses as well, including financial in which stock traders try to divine which way the market or a given stock is heading.
Now, a group of researchers at the University at Albany would like New Yorkers to think of winter snow storms when they hear the term AI.

The school’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center just received a $2.4 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant to explore and develop ways that AI can better track and predict winter storms.

The overall $20 million project, funded by the National Science Foundation, includes a total of seven schools and is titled the Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate and Coastal Oceanography.

In short, they want to harness AI in which computer programs can “teach” themselves to make calculations and predictions based on the feedback or additional information that is constantly being fed to them.

The idea is to be able to tailor winter weather predictions to people who …

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