The Commission for Geosciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) presents, in cooperation with the Commission for Astronomy of the ÖAW, a symposium on the results of the Mars-DL project by VRVis, Joanneum Research, Natural History Museum Vienna, SLR Engineering and University of Vienna. The American Mars rover Curiosity has been crossing the Mars landscapes in the Gale Crater since 2012. Its successor Perseverance (also known as the Mars 2020 Rover) and China's Tianmen-1 Rover Mission are on their way to land on Mars in February and May 2021 respectively, and the European Rosalind Franklin Rover will follow in 2023. They will focus on the search for life and water; Perseverance will even attempt to collect samples to be brought to Earth. In addition to these main objectives, the missions are dedicated to a variety of other scientific tasks. One of these is the search for rocks that allow the detection of impact structures on Mars.
The project Mars-DL (Planetary Scientific Target Detection via Deep Learning), funded by the FFG ASAP program, dealt with important aspects of such a search: Where and how can images from Mars rovers be used to detect such impact craters? What are the criteria for such a search? Can we use novel artificial intelligence techniques to support such a search? Can we use powerful computing power to train such systems by literally letting computers teach themselves to deliver new research results for these highly complex reconnaissance missions? These questions will be addressed in the 3-hour symposium. The presenters, including Chris Traxler from VRVis, will give an insight into their research work and results and will show ways to further examine data from past missions for undiscovered phenomena as well as interesting new ways to increase the scientific value of future missions.
16.00–16.10 Welcome, introduction and moderation by Christian Köberl | Chairman of the ÖAW Commission for Geosciences; University of Vienna, Department of Lithosphere Research
16.10–16.30 Christian Köberl | Chairman of the ÖAW Commission for Geosciences; University of Vienna, Department of Lithosphere Research Rover missions on Mars and their importance for the investigation of impact craters
16.30–17.15 Gerhard Paar | Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz, Institut für Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien The Mars-DL (Planetary Scientific Target Detection via Deep Learning) project - an overview. With introduction: "The eyes of Mars rovers - digital cameras and the image they give us of the planet's surface".
17.15-17.45 Andreas Bechtold | Natural History Museum Vienna; University of Vienna, Department of Litosphere Research Virtual 3D models of meteorites and radiation cones (shatter cones) from the collection of the Natural History Museum Vienna
18.00–18.30 Christoph Traxler | VRVis, Wien Visualization and simulation for artificial intelligence (AI) training in space research
18.30–19.00 Oliver Sidla | SLR Engineering Perspectives of Artificial Intelligence in Planetary Science
The event will take place - if possible - as a hybrid event on site at the ÖAW, with live stream on the Internet. Should this be impossible due to corona restrictions, the event will only take place virtually via live stream. Due to the restrictions, unfortunately - even in the case of a hybrid event - only a very limited number of participants is possible. Therefore we ask for a binding registration or timely cancellation if you are not able to attend the event after all. The event will take place in compliance with the currently valid Covid-19 measures. Please observe the measures of the Federal Government for the containment of Covid19 valid at the time of the event, e.g. hand hygiene, keeping the minimum distance etc. and wear a mouth-nose protection when entering and leaving the event.
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