Microsoft Azure AI Now Notifies Seismologists of Earthquakes to Save Lives

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The global seismic activity is devastating. Earthquakes claim millions of lives and destroy cities every year. Microsoft Cloud Artificial Intelligence Challenge helped Greek developers create an application that can potentially save lives. 

Researchers and developers at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), in Greece, have developed, with the help of Microsoft Azure, Earthquake Notifications, an application that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to predict earthquakes. 

The team, including George Spyrou, Senior Software Engineer; Parthena (Popi) Paradisopoulou, PhD in Seismology; Despoina Kementzetzidou, PhD in Geophysics; Areti Panou, PhD in Seismology; and Panagiotis Dimitrakopoulos, student at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering researched and developed the application that notifies researchers at AUTh when a strong earthquake occurs. 

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