Dimitrios Koutsanastassis


I hold a BSc in Physics and an MSc in Programming and my first employer was a Greek ISP, where I worked as a developer for about a year. Then I joined Accenture where I worked as a consultant in various projects (mainly in Telcos) for the next 5 years. Finally, I joined Microsoft, initially supporting the Greek Software Houses and Startups in their development endeavors for 9 years and then switched to my current role, a Data & AI Specialist, under which I am helping Greek enterprises to reap the value of data for the last 5 years.

AI For Earth

Human society is faced with an unprecedented challenge to mitigate and adapt to changing climates, ensure resilient water supplies, sustainably feed a population of 10 billion, and stem a catastrophic loss of biodiversity. Time is too short, and resources too thin, to achieve these outcomes without the exponential power and assistance of AI. Early efforts are encouraging, but current solutions are typically one-off attempts that require significant engineering beyond what’s available from the AI research community. In this session we will explore the latest applications of AI research to sustainability challenges, as well as ways to streamline environmental applications of AI so they can work with traditional academic programs.