I develop machine learning models for satellite data to solve problems related to sustainability, climate change and social good. Currently, I am a Machine Learning Scientist (Postdoctoral Fellow) at CIRA CSU and NSF AI2ES starting January'22 hosted by Dr. Imme Ebert-Uphoff and Kyle Hilburn. Specifically, I am interested in exploring the use of self-supervised learning and attention based neural networks to extract the spatio-temporal features from the time-series satellite imagery.
In October'21, I earned my Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where I was advised by Prof. David Irwin. My doctoral work focuses on using ML and satellite imagery for control, modeling and, forecasting solar power.
Research Intern - GeoAI group @Oak Ridge National Labs, Tennessee, June-August 2021
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc) - School of Computer Science & Engineering - NTU, Singapore, 2014-2015
Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Sep. 2015 - Oct. 2021
M.S. by Research in Information Technology, IIIT- Bangalore (India), 2011-2014
B.Tech in Computer Science, MDU Rohtak (India), 2007-2011
Our paper "A Moment in the Sun: Solar Nowcasting from Multispectral Satellite Data using Self-Supervised Learning" got accepted in ACM e-Energy'22 conference. Catch the virtual talk on 29th June'22 at e-Energy'22
Just released the final chapter of my Ph.D. thesis in our new paper
I successfully passed my Ph.D. thesis defense on 18th October'21 !! Yayyyyyy
Our paper "Self-Supervised Learning on Multispectral Satellite Data for Near-Term Solar Forecasting" got accepted in ICML Workshop on Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning'21.
Super excited to be spending the Summer'21 researching at the GeoAI group, Oak Ridge National Labs!
I won third prize in the ECE 3-Minute Thesis (3MT)'21 Competition at UMass Amherst.
Serving as TPC member for FATEsys'21.
I passed my Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal titled, "Data-Driven Control, Modeling, and Forecasting for Residential Solar Power", at UMass Amherst.
Our Paper "See the Light: Modeling Solar Performance using Multispectral Satellite Data", received honorable mention under best presentation award in ACM Buildsys'20
Our Paper "See the Light: Modeling Solar Performance using Multispectral Satellite Data", Akansha Singh Bansal and David Irwin got accepted in ACM Buildsys'20.
Our Paper "Exploiting Satellite Data for Solar Performance Modeling", Akansha Singh Bansal and David Irwin got accepted in IEEE Smartgridcomm'20.
I am teaching an undergraduate first-year seminar course at UMass Amherst this Fall'2020 titled - "Staring at the Sun: An Introduction to Solar Energy".
I am attending Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC'19) at Orlando, Florida - (October 1 - October 4' 2019).
I will be presenting our paper (On the Feasibility, Cost, and Carbon Emissions of Grid Defection) at IEEE Smartgridcomm'19 in Beijing, China - (October 20 - October 24' 2019).
I was born and grew up in India. I am married to Trapit Bansal
I am presently located in San Francisco, California. Apart from research, I enjoy cooking, doodling, playing board games and video games.