SatSummit 2024
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Soumya Ranjan

Machine Learning Engineer at Development Seed. He/Him.


Soumya is a machine learning engineer at Development Seed. He brings expertise in applied machine learning and has experience building scalable data products in AI for Good and Humanitarian space. Soumya is a staunch advocate of a free and open education system.

Prior to joining the team, Soumya worked as a Data Scientist at Gramener and taught ML at Springboard. At Gramener, he helped set up the AI Labs team and worked to shape education programs in rural India. He also worked on designing release plans of “good mosquitoes” to prevent dengue from space and estimating elephant population in the wild.

Soumya has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar. He wrote his first program after graduating from college and considers Coursera & his true alma mater.

On the agenda

  1. Finetuning Earth Observation (EO) Foundation Models Workshop

    May. 16, 03:00pm
    The North Hub

    Earth Observation Foundation Models are a potential game-changer for climate and sustainable development. Distilling and synthesizing vast amounts of earth observation (EO) data is a powerful way to provide useful inputs for numerous downstream applications such as forest carbon measurement, disaster detection, or crop monitoring at a lower cost.

    This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to applying Earth Observation (EO) foundation models in their own work. Participants will practice finetuning existing EO foundation models for specific sustainability applications, such as land cover, crop harvests, or flooding. The workshop will cover foundation models such as 1) Clay, 2) IBM and NASA's geospatial foundation model, and 3) potentially a model from the European Space Agency’s FAST-EO project. With support from Amazon Web Services, participants will use SageMaker notebooks to do this exploration at no cost.

    The workshop will be run as part of SatSummit in Washington, D.C. on the 16th and 17th of May, 2024. If you’re already attending SatSummit, please let us know you’re interested in attending the workshop by completing this form. If you'd like to attend the workshop independently of the broader event, you can purchase a AI Finetuning Training Only ticket.

    Facilitated by: Clay


    1. Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño


    1. Daniel Wiesmann, PhD
    2. Soumya Ranjan

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  1. NASA Lifelines


  1. Element84

  2. Esri

  3. Impact Observatory

  4. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)