Under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

PROBLEM STATEMENT

Addressing climate change and conserving biodiversity requires the innovative fusion of generative AI and cybersecurity. Generative AI’s capacity for data-driven insights can offer unparalleled comprehension of local ecosystems. This includes creating predictive models by analyzing data from diverse sources, such as local flora and fauna patterns. Yet, the integrity of this ecological data is paramount. Cybersecurity plays a pivotal role in safeguarding data from unauthorized breaches and potential misuse.

We urge students to leverage AI’s analytical prowess for biodiversity conservation while ensuring robust protection of crucial ecological data. Your strategies can redefine the way we perceive and undertake biodiversity conservation in our communities.

CANADA EAST FINALS & Winners

TORONTO, FEB 16, 2024

Finalists’ Manuscripts

A Multivariate Analysis on The Relationship Between Biodiversity and the Climate

Students: Aromal Mihraj, Anshuman Shah, Jasmeet Saini, Rohith Iruku, and Thanosan Prathifkumar

School: Central Peel Secondary School

Using BirdNET and AI to Build a Conservation Platform for At-Risk Bird Species

Students: Ruby Gao, Emma Ma, Abby Wang, and Maggie Wang

School: Hillfield Strathallan College

Analyzing Urban Heat Islands and their Impact on monarch Butterfly Population

Students: Ibrahim Khawar, Ibrahim Ansari, Alia Wahban, and Amy Li

School: Hillfield Strathallan College

Winner: Scholarly Communication Awards in Memoriam of Mohammad and Zeynab Asadi-Lari

Utilizing Spatial Analysis to Identify Correlations between Plant Species and Biological Variety to Determine Traits that Foster Biodiversity in Ecosystems

Students: Kadhir Ponnambalam, Michael Xiao, Richard Han, Vincent Jia, Zachary Yu

School: Hillfield Strathallan College

Leveraging Semantic Segmentation to Perform Wildfire Prediction

Students: David Shan, Jacob Jansen, Mathis Luo, Robbie Muranaka, and Jeff Qiu

School: Crescent School

Winner: RBC Arnold Chan Memorial Award for Student Innovation

How News Media and Scholarly Articles Impact the Public Interest in Emerald Ash Borers

Students: Ray Zhangxu, Peter Luo, Jimmy Li, and Ethan Kuan

School: Hillfield Strathallan College

Artificial Intelligence in Conservation: Predictive Modeling of Biodiversity Responses to Land Use Changes

Students: Tishya Bhat, Rex Li, Sam Liu, Anerie Patel, and Ryan Xiong

School: Merivale High School and Earl of March Secondary School

Winner: Let’s Talk Science Analytics Talent Award

From Pixels to Protection: Artificial Intelligence in Species Identification for Biodiversity Conservation

Students: Joyi Xue, Sunni Xue, and Irene Chen

School: Anderson CVI

Winner: Hillfield Strathallan College AI Inquiry Excellence Award

Assessing and Predicting the Impacts of Lithium Extraction from Brines on Flamingo Populations in Chile’s Atacama Desert

Students: Oliver de Boer, Aiden Hua, James Li, and Jasman Cheema

School: Hillfield Strathallan College

Advancing Carbon Credit Accuracy: A Machine Learning Approach for Precise Carbon Sequestration Estimation

Students: Eric Mao, Tom Zheng, Chengtai (Richard) Li, Ken Cheng, and Hudson Haas

School: Crescent School

Winner: National Research Council: Digital Research Award

Utilizing Generative Artificial Intelligence and Robotics to Pinpoint High Squirrel Activity Areas for Improved Biodiversity Protection

Students: William Zhao and Miriam Tay

School: Deer Lake School (Burnaby, British Columbia)

Winner: Cisco Tech Award

Guests/Dignitaries:


The Honourable Edith Dumont
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

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Dr. Daniel Gruner
CTO, SciNet, UofT

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Dr. Bonnie Schmidt
CM, FRSC, Founding President, Let’s Talk Science

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Dr. Joel Levine
Chair, UofT, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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The Honourable Kirsty Duncan
PC, MP

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Dr. Marsha Chechik
Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto

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Judges:


Roland Kuhn
Principal Research Officer
Digital Technologies

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Ryan Huron
Environmental & Social Risk Analytics, RBC

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Marta Wierzbicka Verby
Director Of Laboratory Operations at Deep Genomics

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Prizes:

  • Monetary prizes:

    • RBC Arnold Chan Memorial Award for Student Innovation ($1000)

    • CC UNESCO Scholarly Communication Awards In memoriam of Mohammad and Zeynab Asadi-Lari ($1000)

    • Let’s Talk Science: Analytics Talent Award ($1000)

    • NRC Award: Digital Research Award ($1000)

    • Hillfield Strathallan College: AI Inquiry Excellence Award ($1000)

CANADA WEST FINALS

CALGARY, FEB 10, 2024

Finalists’ Manuscripts

A Conditional Generative Adversarial Network to Simulate Species Coexistence Patterns

Students: Audrey Li, Bella Jiao, Victoria Yan, and Wesley Deng

School: Henry Wise Wood High School, Old Scona Academic High School

Winner: Scholarly Communications Award in Memoriam of Mohammad and Zeynab Asadi-Lari

AI’s Role in Identifying Sites of Landfill Through Deep Learning Models

Students: Yixin (Sophie) Jiang, Daisy Xia, Yihan Wang, Vincent Zhengran Xiao, and Eric Tam

School: Richmond Secondary School, Semiahmoo Secondary School, Collingwood School, Port Moody Secondary School, Collingwood School

Winner: RBC Arnold Chan Memorial Award for Student Innovation

Enhancing Forest Fire Predictions with Sequential Models for Ecosystem Preservation and Public Safety

Students: Eleanor Huang, Kyle Su, Anthony Hou, and Clement Zhou

School: Semiahmoo Secondary

A Greener Tundra: The Impact of Climate Warming on Arctic Tundra Biodiversity

Students: Jessica Bai

School: Old Scona Academic High School  

Developing a Generative AI Model to Protect Biodiversity from Mining in Mainland United States of America

Students: Ignacio Gimon, Ahyan Kabir, Pranav Pathak, and Aaron Tan         

School: Westmount Charter School

Impacts of Agricultural Activity on Fish Biodiversity in Freshwater Ecosystems

Students: Robert Lin, Shotaro Richardson, Arya Shahabi, Jasleen Randhawa, and Abigail Conley

School: Westmount Charter School, Earl Haig Secondary School, Westmount Secondary School

Winner: Let’s Talk Science Analytics Talent Award

Optimizing Reforestation to Reduce the Effects of Climate Change by Fostering Biodiversity

Students: Boyd Hamilton, Khadija Sheikh, Nicole Sun, and Talia Zhang

School: Westmount Charter Mid-High

Winner: National Research Council Digital Research Award

Analyzing The Correlation Between Biodiversity Indexes, Carbon Emissions, and Government Investment Into Public Transport to Identify Feasible Pathways to Improving Biodiversity in the Future

Students: Ashank Chaturvedi, Atharva Rao, Joel Zou, Owen Kuang, and Yunhe Zhang

School: Webber Academy

Effect of Climate Change on Coral Reefs

Students: Akshaya Segu                                

School: Lillian Osborne        

Guests/Dignitaries:


Jyoti Gondek
Mayor of the City of Calgary

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Dr. Joel Martin
NRC’s Chief Digital Research Officer and Chief Science Officer

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Dr. Ed McCauley
President, University of Calgary

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Rajan Sawhney
MLA Calgary-North West, Minister of Advanced Education of Alberta

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Court Ellingson
MLA Calgary Foothills, Critic for Technology & Innovation

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Judges:


Mr. David Carter
National Research, Council

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Vivek Saahil
Manager – Strategic Business Analysis, Planning & Support, Pratt & Whitney Canada

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Nick Butt
Senior Outreach Coordinator at Let’s Talk Science

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Joan Voasschaert
Data Science at AltaML

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Prizes:

  • Monetary prizes:

    • RBC Arnold Chan Memorial Award for Student Innovation ($1000)  

    • CC UNESCO Scholarly Communication Awards In memoriam of Mohammad and Zeynab Asadi-Lari ($1000)

    • Let’s Talk Science Analytics Talent Award ($1000)

    • NRC Award: Digital Research Award ($1000)

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Challenge Gallery

Address to Students from Dr. Luanne Metz, MLA, Calgary-Varsity