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Dr. Chris Whidden (he/him)

DeepSense/COVE Digital Ocean Research Chair, Dalhousie University

Dr. Chris Whidden is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University and the DeepSense/COVE Digital Ocean Research Chair. He has expertise in algorithm development, data science, machine learning and optimization with a focus on bioinformatics and ocean research. Chris is particularly interested in practical collaborative applied research with ocean scientists and industry partners to help translate AI technology research and development to practical, responsible uses such as monitoring and protecting at-risk species of fish with video and acoustics to encourage clean energy generation and carbon dioxide removal. He is an editor for the ICES journal of Marine Science, PI of the MERIDIAN ocean acoustics and ship tracking research initiative, and the lead PI of the AI subtheme of Dalhousie University’s transformational CFREF grant to transform climate action through ocean study and impact.

Sessions

OceanFest

Leveraging Ocean AI

From Seaweed farming to coral restoration all the way to marine biotech and smart navigation, AI is at the forfront of the Blue Economy revolution. Discover actionable AI applications - an ocean of opportunities, litterally - and discuss the main entry barriers for industry partners and startups trying to scale. See More.
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