The TAIAO project (Time-Evolving Data Science / Artificial Intelligence for Advanced Open Environmental Science), led by the University of Waikato, is a data science programme of $13 million (GST exclusive) over 7 years, funded by Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE). It will advance the state-of-the-art in environmental data science by developing new machine learning methods for time series and data streams that are able to deal with large quantities of big data in real time, which are tailored to deal with data collected on the New Zealand environment. It will build a new open source framework to implement machine learning on time series data, provide an open available repository with datasets to improve reproducibility in environmental data science, and build capability in fundamental and applied data science, accessible to all New Zealanders.
This programme is a new collaboration between the Universities of Waikato, Auckland and Canterbury, Beca and MetService and includes world-leading data scientists, data engineers, and environmental scientists. We will work with regional councils, iwi and co-governance entities to implement the methods we develop to support governance and management decisions with analyses based on large volumes of data that they cannot currently process. We will also make use of our existing strong international collaborations to grow our own data science capabilities and attract top international researchers to work with us on challenging data science problems.