Monday, October 19, 2009
11:00 AM
Computer Studies Bldg. Room 209
Dr. Carla Gomes
Cornell University
Computational Sustainability
Computational Sustainability is a new emerging 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 examples of problems in Computational Sustainability, ranging from wildlife preservation and biodiversity, to balancing socio-economic needs and the environment, to large-scale deployment and management of renewable energy sources, highlighting overarching computational themes in constraint reasoning and optimization and interactions with machine learning, and dynamical systems. I will also discuss the need for a new approach to study such challenging problems in which computational problems are viewed 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.


Carla P. Gomes is an associate professor of computer science at Cornell University, with joint appointments in Computer Science, Information Science, and Applied Economics and Management. Her research has covered several areas in artificial intelligence and computer science, including planning and scheduling, integration of constraint reasoning and operation research techniques for solving combinatorial optimization problems, and randomized algorithms. Gomes is currently pursuing the new research area of Computational Sustainability. Gomes is the the Lead PI of an NSF Expeditions in Computing award on Computational Sustainability and the director of newly established Institute for Computational Sustainability at Cornell University. Gomes is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

Refreshments will be provided at 10:45