SatSummit 2024
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Amy Larson, PhD

Head of Science at Impact Observatory. She/Her.


Amy E. Larson PhD is the Head of Science at Impact Observatory, a US Small Business, building AI-powered geospatial monitoring algorithms and data to understand risks and anticipate change at unprecedented speed and scale. Amy brings nearly 25 years of expertise in applied machine learning, computer vision, and remote sensing, specializing in EO satellite imagery. Prior to joining IO, Amy was a U.S. Technical Expert at the International Atomic Energy Agency in the Safeguards satellite imagery analysis section, providing expertise in multispectral data sources and machine learning algorithms to enhance capabilities for site analysis. Prior to IAEA, Amy had a long career as a research scientist and manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory, designing algorithms for multiple R&D satellites and scientific instruments, and leading an applied deep learning AI portfolio. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson in 2004.

On the agenda

  1. Satellite State of Play

    May. 16, 09:00am
    The Forum

    State of the Space Sector

    State of the Data

    State of Earth AI

    State of Application

    Since SatSummit last convened in 2022, we’ve seen large shifts and exciting new capabilities emerge. Constellations have emerged, and others have matured, notably in weather, SAR, hyperspectral, and GHG monitoring. Numerous Large Earth Models have been deployed, drawing on advances in Generative AI. The commercial space industry continues to work through its post-ZIRP (Zero interest-rate policy) hangover. As we witness an acceleration in climate change, our community is responding by setting new benchmarks in extreme weather monitoring and response capabilities. We are still determining how to gather the data to support new enforcement regimes designed to combat climate change.

    We will hear from individuals at the center of these movements. They will brief us on the current state of play and prospects for the future across the satellite sector, data, AI, and the application of EO data to social and climate issues.


    1. Ian Schuler


    1. Aravind Ravichandran
    2. Jed Sundwall
    3. Amy Larson, PhD
    4. Nicki McGoh

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  1. NASA Lifelines


  1. Element84

  2. Esri

  3. Impact Observatory

  4. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)