Institute for Computational Sustainability

Program or topic

Institute for Computational Sustainability

Department(s) or unit(s)

Principal investigators from Computer Science and Resource and Environmental Economics, plus collaborators from other units across campus.

Contact information

Carla Gomes, Director

Program goals

To inject computational thinking into sustainability to provide new insights into sustainability questions and to establish a new field, Computational Sustainability, focused on computational methods for balancing environmental, economic, and societal needs for a sustainable future.

Brief Description

Computer scientists can — and should — play a key role in increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the way we manage and allocate our natural resources, while enriching and transforming Computer Science. Many of today’s problems in ecology and conservation involve juggling large numbers of variables, often to find the optimum way to balance them. Some are so complex that they will require new advances in computer science.

With an initial $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Computational Sustainability is bringing together computer scientists, applied mathematicians, economists, biologists and environmental scientists to create a new field of computational sustainability, analogous to computational biology, that will stimulate new developments in the computer science areas of constraint optimization, dynamical systems and machine learning.

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Category: Computing

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