The "Global AI Challenge on Meteorology" contest, jointly organized by the Meteorological Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality (SZMB) and the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), has been completed successfully. The contest received overwhelming responses with a total of 1,739 teams from 45 countries and regions joining. Each team was required to analyse and deep learn from the evolution patterns of rain cases from more than 300,000 sets of radar data covering Guangdong and Hong Kong, which were jointly developed by SZMB and HKO, aiming at developing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm to predict the rainfall distribution in the coming few hours.
After objective assessment and verification by a panel of experts from SZMB and HKO, the team from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen won the competition. The top five winning teams of the contest presented their research results and were awarded their prizes at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on Data Mining 2018 (IEEE ICDM 2018), which was held in Singapore from 17 to 20 November. Dr HO Chun-kit, Scientific Officer of HKO, was also invited to the conference to present the latest development in Observatory's work in rainfall nowcasting and weather impact monitoring using meteorological Big Data.