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Artificial intelligence predicts rogue waves of light

3 Dec 2018

In a recent study published in Nature Communications, an international team of researchers from Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Finland, and the Institut FEMTO-ST at the Université Bourgogne-Franche Comté, France, take a significant step towards the analysis and predictability of rogue waves that appear seemingly out of nowhere.

Stories of giant ocean waves with great destructive power are the stuff of legend and folklore, but today their scientific study is a critical area of multidisciplinary research spanning oceanography, physics and mathematics. A particular problem faced by researchers is that these extreme waves arise seemingly randomly on the ocean’s surface, and it appears impossible to predict the conditions that may precede their appearance. A related practical difficulty is that it is not always possible to measure such waves completely, and the available instrumentation most often captures only a portion of the wave characteristics.

The study was performed in the framework of the Artificial Intelligence for Physical Science and Engineering program (AIPSE) and funded by the Academy of Finland.

Source: Tampere University of Technology

Last modified 5 Dec 2018
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