March 10 - DLS: Challenges for AI in Computational Sustainability


At the final computer science Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) event of the semester, the department will welcome Professor Carla Gomes from Cornell University. Gomes will present Challenges for AI in Computational Sustainability. This event is co-hosted by Women in Computer Science (WiCS) and is taking place March 10 @2:30p, Room 120 New CS. This DLS is one of three events taking place this month in the department as part of Women's History Month. 

Challenges for AI in Computational Sustainability

Computational sustainability is a new interdisciplinary research field with the overarching goal of developing computational models, methods, and tools to help manage the balance between environmental, economic, and societal needs for a sustainable future. I will provide an overview of computational sustainability, with examples ranging from wildlife conservation and biodiversity, to poverty mitigation, to materials discovery for renewable energy materials. I will also highlight cross-cutting computational themes and challenges for AI at the intersection of constraint reasoning, optimization, machine learning, citizen science, and crowdsourcing.

Carla P. Gomes is a Professor of Computer Science and the director of the Institute for Computational Sustainability at Cornell University. Her research area is Artificial Intelligence with a focus on large-scale constraint-based reasoning, optimization, and machine learning. Recently, she has become deeply immersed in the establishment of new field of Computational Sustainability.