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Challenges for AI in Computational Sustainability

Challenges for AI in Computational Sustainability

This video was recorded at 24th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Atlanta 2010. Disclaimer: VideoLectures.NET emphasizes that the quality of this video was notably improved, because of poor sound quality conditions provided in the lecture auditorium. Computational Sustainability is a new interdisciplinary research field with the overall goal of developing computational models, methods, and tools to help manage the balance between environmental, economic, and societal needs for a sustainable future. In this talk I will provide an overview of Computational Sustainability, with examples ranging from wildlife conservation and biodiversity, to poverty mitigation, to large-scale deployment and management of renewable energy sources. I will highlight overarching computational challenges for AI at the intersection of constraint reasoning, optimization, machine learning, and dynamical systems. Finally I will discuss the need for a new approach that views computational sustainability problems as "natural" phenomena, amenable to a scientific methodology, in which principled experimentation, to explore problem parameter spaces and hidden problem structure, plays as prominent a role as formal analysis.


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