Inquiry & Insight Systems for Adaptive …


Who is behind this?

Sabina Khan

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Harnessing the capabilities of AI to develop the world's most sophisticated ecological monitoring and modelling system which can lead deep inquiry into socio-ecological systems and support system-level innovation in natural resource management.

Where will your idea take place?

Germany, Sweden, Estonia

Why does Europe need your idea?

The environmental problems of the BSR, exacerbated by climate change, necessarily require multi-jurisdictional & cross-disciplinary initiatives to effectively manage. European policy supports this; IISAM utilises a unique technology & collaborative to realise it. IISAM will facilitate cohesion & inclusion in Europe via joint problem-solving by uncommon bedfellows (environmental science & cognitive computing experts), collective scientific advancement and democratic participation in science & resource management. The application can be trained & applied for management of other natural resources, in other regions. It can also be applied to different fields (e.g., epidemiology - studying environment-health connections). In fact, its performance improves with interdisciplinary training & use.

What is your impact?

1- Stubborn analytical bottlenecks are traversed, producing new insights & hypotheses into co-evolutionary processes, structural qualities & stochastic behaviour of marine ecosystems.

2- Highly-complex data is reliably transformed into useful information & communicated in actionable ways for natural resource managers, bioeconomy entrepreneurs, policy-makers & NGOs – leading to improved decision-making, risk management, increased accountability.

3- BSR (includes The Ruhr) communities can access critical information about their environment, thus enabled to engage in grassroots management of marine resources.

4- Europe becomes a world leader in environmental management and transnational & interdisciplinary collaboration, inspiring similar locally-grown innovative initiatives.

How do you get there?

Apr–Jun 2015: Establish IISAM (either as an NGO or a project hosted by existing NGO / research institute), consisting of experts in marine & data science, ecological informatics & cognitive computing, from each BSR country. Secure additional funding & project partners.
Jul–Dec 2015: Work with organisations (research institutes, academic journals, etc.) to access, collate & verify data & models for AI training. Establish contract with AI proprietor.
Jan-Oct 2016: Train & test AI using data & models. Engage user groups to develop interactive dashboards for their respective fields. Establish subscription services with AI proprietor for user group access to application.
Nov 2016-onwards: Develop application for other fields (e.g., forest management, epidemiology) & regions (Mediterranean)

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?


What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 269500,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

1- Leads: relevant stakeholders & interested partners, datasets to be accessed; 2- Constructive Criticisms: potential pitfalls in concept, ethical issues, bureaucratic constraints; 3- Technical: technological & analytical limitations & possibilities.



Idea created on April 13, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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