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CompSust-2017: Doctoral Consortium on Computational Sustainability

CompSust-2016: 4th International Conference on Computational Sustainability

CompSustNet: Computational sustainability research and education network.

UDiscoverIt: Human computation, citizen science, and crowdsourcing for scientific discovery.

AAAI 2015 to feature special track on Computational Sustainability and AI

Nature Climate Change: Shifts in Arctic vegetation and associated feedbacks under climate change

Science 360 from the NSF: Computational Sustainability video featured

New Applied Math and Computational Sustainability Video: from ICIAM

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS): Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Traps Special Feature

The Bridge: Computational Sustainability article appears in NAE publication

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news-imageR. Bruce van Dover Two groups both win $7.5M to study AI, autonomous systems
Van Dover's group is working on a project titled "Scientific Autonomous Reasoning Agent (SARA): Integrating Materials Theory, Experiment and Computation." Their goal is to develop a multi-agent system that accelerates the science of materials discovery and development by integrating quantum physics principles, experimental materials synthesis, processing, characterization and AI-based algorithms.
news-imageAlex Flecker and Carla Gomes AI for Earth
(Video) Carla Gomes, Tanya Berger-Wolf, and Milind Tambe were speakers in the AI for Earth session, chaired by Lucas Joppa, at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2017: The Edge of AI.
news-imageAlex Flecker and Carla Gomes Baseball leads to Amazon dams
While chatting at their sons' baseball games, Professors Flecker and Gomes saw an opportunity to collaborate to optimize location of dams in the Amazon River basin. "I'm a computer scientist, and I'm passionate about using the advancement of computer science to impact the world." The calculation of the placement of dams presents complex computational problems.
news-imageProfessor Selman,Professor Halpern Course explores future with robots and AI
A new course at Cornell, CS 4732, Ethical and Social Issues in AI, explored how robots and artificial intelligences may change our world, and what we ought to be doing about it. "These undergrads may be directly involved in developing the software behind these systems," Selman added, noting that many may go on to jobs with Google, Tesla and other major players.
news-imageEYH Logo ICS Sponsored Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) 2017 at Cornell
ICS was a sponsor of EYH, a one-day conference for 7th–9th grade girls, that was held on April 15. The goals of the conference are to stimulate the participants' interest in math and science through these hands-on activities, to provide them with female scientist role models, and to foster awareness of opportunities in math and science-related careers.
news-imageProfessor Amanda Rodewald Radical collaboration protects Colombia's birds, coffee farmers
Amanda Rodewald, professor of Ornithology and Director of Conservation Science at the Lab of Ornithology, and Juan Nicolás Hernandez-Aguilera, a doctoral candidate in Applied Economics and Management, are working towards sustainability for both Colombian coffee farmers and the migratory birds that use shade-covered coffee plantations as habitat.
news-imageCities all have potential 'shareability' for rides Taxi-sharing in cities follows universal maths law
Steven Strogatz et. al. discovered a universal shareability curve for four different cities, showing potential to improve efficiency of car and taxi rides. "Using data on millions of taxi trips in New York City, San Francisco, Singapore, and Vienna, we compute the shareability curves for each city, and find that a natural rescaling collapses them onto a single, universal curve."
news-imageSeagrass reduces bacteria harmful to both coral and humans Underwater grasslands can cut concentrations of harmful bacteria in half
Cornell Professor C. Drew Harvell and Joleah Lamb, Nature Conservancy NatureNet fellow at the Atkinson Center studied Indonesian shoreline and discovered how crucial seagrass meadows are for both marine and human health. Harmful bacteria are reduced threefold within seagrass meadows, as reported in Science.
news-imageACS cover, January 2017 Combining AI with Combinatorial X-ray diffraction enables rapid phase mapping of new materials
JCAP's high-throughput team has partnered with computer scientists from Cornell University including Yexiang Xue, Junwen Bai, Ronan LeBras, Brendan Rappazzo, Richard Bernstein, Johan Bjorck, R. Bruce van Dover and Carla Gomes, to develop a new method for rapid construction of phase diagrams.
news-imageCornell CS Professor David Shmoys discusses bike-sharing Eoin O'Mahony (CS PhD '15) received the INFORMS George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award at this year's annual INFORMS conference
Eoin O'Mahony (CS PhD '15) received an award at the 2017 INFORMS conference, for writing the most innovative and practical dissertation in operations research and management sciences. O'Mahony's thesis, "Smarter tools for (Citi)Bike Sharing," was advised by Professor David Shmoys, and combines theory and practice in real field experiences.
news-imageChristopher B. Barrett Barrett, Leibovich and Walsh named AAAS fellows for 2016
Christopher B. Barrett was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), "My research, teaching and outreach explore why unnecessary injustice continues to disfigure the richest, most technologically advanced societies in history and what individuals and institutions can do to improve matters..."
news-imageProfessor Ross Knepper Teaching robots to solve their own problems
Ross Knepper, assistant professor of computer science, embarks on a project to make robots "persistently autonomous," so they can deal with unexpected problems, and in an early test will collaborate with Carla Gomes to deploy autonomous drones to monitor the condition of vegetation in Kenya.
news-imageBistra Dilkina When animals share, conservation is affordable
Bistra Dilkina, Carla Gomes, OSU, and USGS collaborators propose optimization solutions for multiple species wildlife corridor planning in the paper, "Trade-offs and efficiencies in optimal budget-constrained multispecies corridor networks," in the September 27 issue of Conservation Biology.
news-imageHealthy sea star colony Sea Star population decline measured by citizen scientists
C. Drew Harvell published "Devastating Transboundary Impacts of Sea Star Wasting Disease on Subtidal Asteroids," in the Oct. 26 PLoS One. "When sea star wasting disease struck in 2013, the large populations of sunflower sea stars (Pycnopodia helianthoides), which live below the tidal line, dwindled ... and then disappeared."
news-imageBPR in forest biodiversity BPR, biodiversity-productivity relationships in global forests
Chris Barrett is an author on the October 14, 2016 Science paper "Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests". BPR is a useful measure of the health of ecosystems. "Forests are the most important global repositories of terrestrial biodiversity, but deforestation, forest degradation, climate change, and other factors are threatening approximately one half of tree species worldwide."
news-imageMudeandBarrett Andrew Mude and Chris Barrett win USAID award for drought insurance
The USAID Board for International Food and Agricultural Development gave its 2016 Award for Scientific Excellence to Chris Barrett and Andrew Mude, Ph.D. '06, principal economist at the International Livestock Research Institute for scaling up their innovative insurance to support herders in Africa.
news-imageDeploying GPS tracking collar Pastoral mobility and policy recommendations for livestock herding in the Borana pastoral system in southern Ethiopia
Cornell's Chris Barrett and Andrew Mude studied mobility patterns of herders in Ethiopia. Mobility strategies to cope with drought and stress were observed. Population growth and drought create pressures that traditional methods of herding may not be able to compensate for. Land use should be planned to detract from herd mobility as little as possible.
news-imageProfessor Gomes kicks off BigRed Hacks Students Solve Sustainability Problems at BigRed Hacks
Hundreds of student hackers listened as Professor Carla Gomes kicked off 36 hours of hacking for sustainability with the talk 'Computational Methods for Balancing Environmental, Economic, and Societal Needs' at the BigRed Hacks event, part of Major League Hacking.
news-imageProfessor Gomes,materials science Materials to do anything under the sun
Carla Gomes, professor of computer and information science, and Bruce van Dover, chair of materials science and engineering are advancing Materials Discovery by combining computational techniques with citizen scientists who can identify simple patterns within images. Gomes' lab can then analyze one-million combinations of materials in a day.
news-imageForest Elephant family Forest Elephant population grows slowly
Andrea Turkalo and Peter Wrege's paper in Journal of Applied Ecology notes the decline in Forest Elephant populations caused by habitat loss and illegal killing. 23 years of demography data from Dzanga in Central African Republic show the low reproductive potential of the species.
news-imageCompSust-2016 CompSust-2016 conference to focus on computing for a greener world
The Computational Sustainability movement comes home as Cornell hosts CompSust-2016, the fourth International Conference on Computational Sustainability, July 6-8. This marks the official launch of CompSustNet, a worldwide organization bringing together computer, environmental, materials and social scientists, as well as biologists and physicists to expand the field of computational sustainability.

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