Our group started a new cooperation with an Armenian institution. The project ML4GEO or "Capacity building of using machine learning for processing geospatial data in environmental investigations" aims at dеveloping the capacity of the Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of the National Academy of sciences of Armenia (CENS) in using the innovative technological approaches toward machine learning for processing geospatial data on earth observations in environmental investigations.

The Armenian state-funded initiative ML4GEO launched on 1st Oct 2020 in Yerevan, Armenia. This ground-breaking initiative envisaged an international collaboration with the University of Pavia in Italy. The bilateral cooperation has been in place since 2016 and a collaboration agreement was concluded in 2019 between the two organizations envisaged the development of joint scientific projects, staff retraining. The CENS team is happy to develop in ML4GEO joint investigations with Professor Fabio Dell'Acqua from the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, University of Pavia, as a leading scientific adviser of the project. His great experience in space-borne Earth Observation and Geoinformatics domain will help not only retrain young specialists of the GIS and RS Department of CENS reinforcing their research and networking skills but also pave a bridge for a long-term partnership between two leading research and education organizations.