AI and Edge Computing: Building Intelligent Sensing for Environmental Monitoring and Hazard Alert Systems

Pete Beckman
Date and time: 
Tue, Sep 27 2022 - 12:00pm
Many Nations Longhouse, University of Oregon
Pete Beckman
Argonne National Laboratory
  • Hank Childs

Intelligent sensing systems are being deployed across the planet, from the mountain peaks of Oregon to the prairies of Illinois.  Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI) have provided new techniques for real-time data analysis and automated responses — from the edge to the cloud. SAGE is a National Science Foundation project to build a national cyberinfrastructure for programable edge computing. The SAGE infrastructure allows scientists to write “software-defined sensors” by analyzing the data in situ, at the edge, at the highest resolution of data. This new AI@Edge infrastructure gives scientists a novel tool for exploring the impacts of global urbanization, natural disasters such as flooding and wildfires, and climate change on both natural and built environments. Working in collaboration with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and the Oregon Hazards Laboratory (OHAZ), SAGE is deploying this advanced AI network in wilderness areas in California, Montana, Colorado, Oregon, and Oklahoma, and in urban environments in Illinois and Texas. SAGE is also working with the Ojibwe tribe in Wisconsin to build new ecosystem monitoring networks in support their sovereignty and stewardship of their territories.  SAGE provides a national-scale infrastructure to explore societal problems, from environmental justice and hazards to climate change by linking computer science and AI across a wide range of scientific disciplines.


Pete Beckman is a recognized global expert in high-end computing systems. During the past 30 years, his research has focused on software and architectures for large-scale parallel and distributed computing systems. For the DOE’s Exascale Computing Project, Beckman leads the Argo project focused on low-level resource management for the operating system and runtime. He is the founder and leader of Argonne’s Waggle project for artificial intelligence (AI) and edge computing. Beckman also co-directs the Northwestern University / Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering and leads the Sage project funded by the National Science Foundation to build a nationwide infrastructure for AI at the edge to support ecological research for the National Ecological Observatory Network and urban research for the Array of Things. Beckman also coordinates the collaborative technical research activities in extreme-scale computing between the U.S. Department of Energy and Japan’s ministry of education, science, and technology and helps lead the Big Data and Extreme Computing BDEC) series of international workshops. He also coordinates 5G wireless research activities at Argonne.