First lecture in new series to focus on computing for more sustainable future

October 12, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Using computing power to create a better, more sustainable future will be the topic at the first Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Scientific Applications (CENSAI) distinguished seminar. The event will be held online at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18.

Carla Gomes, the Ronald C. and Antonia V. Nielsen Professor of Computing and Information Science and the director of the Institute for Computational Sustainability at Cornell University, will present a lecture on her work in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and sustainability.

Gomes and her research group are investigating how AI can advance scientific discovery for a sustainable future and, in particular, computational sustainability. Computational sustainability has the overarching goal of developing computational models and methods to help manage the balance between environmental, economic and societal needs for a sustainable future.

The talk will include examples of computational sustainability problems, including biodiversity and wildlife conservation, multicriteria strategic planning of hydropower dams in the Amazon basin, and materials discovery for renewable energy materials. Gomes also will discuss cross-cutting computational themes and challenges for AI at the intersection of constraint reasoning, optimization, machine learning, multiagent reasoning and citizen science.

Gomes received a doctoral degree in computer science in the area of artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. Her research area is AI with a focus on large-scale reasoning, optimization and learning. Gomes is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

CENSAI is housed in the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) that enables Penn State researchers to explore the use of artificial intelligence as a tool to dramatically accelerate the scientific process.

Click here to learn more about the seminar series, or register here.

  • CENSAI Lecturer

    Carla Gomes, the Ronald C. and Antonia V. Nielsen Professor of Computing and Information Science and the director of the Institute for Computational Sustainability at Cornell University, will present a lecture on artificial intelligence and sustainability.

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Last Updated October 12, 2021