The ELLIS unit Jena is involving two research institutions and the university at the interface between climate/environmental science and machine learning with an emphasis on scientific knowledge integration in and knowledge generation from machine learning approaches. The goal of the ELLIS Unit Jena is thus to combine fundamental development in machine learning with challenges concerning spatio-temporal environmental and climate dynamics for a better understanding of the Earth system and its components. An important aspect here is the integration of knowledge into machine learning methods as appropriate assumptions - this can be qualitative knowledge about causal relationships ("causal modeling") or quantitative knowledge about functional relationships, which can be "cast" into physical, chemical, biological or geo-ecological formulas ("hybrid modeling”). The ELLIS unit Jena will also strive to help AI to best serve sustainable development via links to politics, business and civil society.

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