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[Video] Computational Sustainability: Computing for a Better World

CompSust-2018: Doctoral Consortium on Computational Sustainability

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-imageChris Barrett Harnessing machine learning and big data to fight hunger
A group of Cornell researchers led by Chris Barrett has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to use machine learning to rapidly analyze agricultural and food market conditions, aiming to better predict poverty and undernutrition in some of the world's poorest regions.
news-imageLesions on eelgrass in an underwater meadow NSF grants $1.3M to Cornell, partners to hunt eelgrass disease
Co-principal investigators Drew Harvell and Carla Gomes, to develop a software application called Eelisa. After artificial intelligence training sessions, Eelisa will sort through thousands of seagrass blade images in minutes to expertly quantify lesions.
news-imageCiti Bike logo With real-time decisions, Citi Bike breaks the cycle of empty stations
Cornell research has improved bike sharing in New York and other cities, providing tools to ensure bikes are available when and where they're needed through a crowdsourcing system that uses real-time information to make decisions. Citi Bike redistributes its bicycles around New York City using a program called Bike Angels, based on research by David Shmoys.
news-imageNatalie Mahowald Trace metals make a big splash with marine microorganisms
A new Cornell-led study shows that trace metals, deposited by aerosols like dust and other particles in the atmosphere, have a hefty impact on marine biota, affecting biological productivity and changing the ocean ecosystem.
news-imageAutonomous airship CS Undergrads build autonomous airship
An interdisciplinary undergraduate team working with Prof. Ross Knepper is building an autonomous airship (or blimp). Once automated, Knepper plans to use the airship to support scientific and conservation missions.
news-imageTaxi ride visualization Optimizing taxi fleet size the subject of multi-university research
A study conducted by MIT's Senseable City Laboratory - with important input from Steven Strogatz - offers a network-based solution to the classic "minimum fleet problem:" Given a collection of trips - specified by origin, destination and start time - what is the minimum number of vehicles needed to serve all the trips, without incurring any delay to the passengers?
news-imageStefano Ermon Recent PhD grad wins highest award for junior AI researchers
Stefano Ermon has been awarded the 2018 IJCAI Computer and Thought Award, which is the highest award given to a junior AI researcher. Stefano is an assistant professor of computer science and a fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, and was previously a Ph.D. student in ICS.
news-imageLab of Ornithology logo New Research Unveils Bird Migration Strategies: Combining weather radar and human observations yields greater insight
Using weather surveillance radar and citizen-science data, researchers are learning how migratory birds return to their breeding grounds in North America each spring with near-pinpoint accuracy.
news-imageMale Canada warbler How citizen scientists are helping to protect migratory birds
Scientists from the Canadian government, Carleton University, the University of British Columbia, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology combine eBird data from more than 100 songbird species that migrate from Central or South America to Canada and the U.S. to accurately predict where species are each week of the year.
news-imageHigh school students compete at the Ithaca campus in the annual Cornell University High School Programming Contest. Cornell Tech, Ithaca campus host high school programming contest
For the first time, the Annual Cornell University High School Programming Contest teamed up with Cornell Tech to host simultaneous events on each campus April 6. The contest, the brain child of CIS research professor Robbert van Renesse, aims to encourage high school students interested in computer science and programming.
news-imageAI Magazine cover Phase Mapper: Accelerating Materials Discovery with AI
The Phase-Mapper project, a collaboration between ICS and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) at Caltech, was featured as the cover article in the Spring 2018 issue of AI Magazine.
news-imageUber logo Self-driving cars are already really safe
Bart Selman was quoted in this CNN article about a pedestrian struck and killed by a self-driving Uber.
news-imageSwarmalator visualization Self-organization in Space and Time
Kevin O'Keeffe, along with Hyunsuk Hong of Chonbuk National University in South Korea, and Steven Strogatz, developed a simple mathematical model for simultaneous spatially-coordinated and synchronous behavior.
news-imageQuanta logo Why Don’t Patients Get Sick in Sync? Modelers Find Statistical Clues
Steven Strogatz and Bertrand Ottino-Loffler, interested in the dynamics of how sick cells take over networks of healthy ones and working with Jacob Sctott at the Cleveland Clinic, proposed an explanation for the observed distribution of incubation periods based on evolutionary dynamics on graphs.
news-imageWestern Tanager Interactive Map: See How Birds Migrate Throughout the Western Hemisphere
National Geographic's maps were made in part using migration data and models from the eBird project, Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
news-image CORALS scholars to explore health of Pacific waters
This spring, six undergraduate students will toss away wool socks, surrender winter coats and flee the Northeast's slushy roads to gauge ocean health along the Hawaiian and Washington state coasts.
news-imageACM Logo ACM Recognizes 2017 Fellows for Making Transformative Contributions and Advancing Technology in the Digital Age: Carla Gomes
ACM has named 54 members, including Carla Gomes, ACM Fellows for major contributions in areas including database theory, design automation, information retrieval, multimedia computing and network security. Prof. Gomes was selected "for establishing the field of computational sustainability, and for foundational contributions to artificial intelligence."
news-imageTree frog Strogatz's study of 'swarmalators' could direct future science
Curiosity regarding the Japanese tree frog led mathematician Steve Strogatz and student Kevin O'Keeffe to the study of systems that align both in time and space - which they've dubbed 'swarmalators.'
news-imageAI for Discovering Clean Energy Materials AI for Discovering Clean Energy Materials
Carla P. Gomes, Computer Science, and John M. Gregoire (California Institute of Technology) are working toward leveraging recent advances in high-throughput materials science and computer science to create a catalyst discovery platform with broad implications for the development of functional materials. This research is part of a large, multi-university, collaborative effort funded by the Toyota Research Institute to find better fuel cell catalysts.
news-imageBart Selman Computational Sustainability: Computing for a Better World
Bart Selman spoke at the Microsoft Research India Workshop on AI and Social Good in Bangalore, and a video of the talk is available.
news-imageAg-Analytics Logo Cornell digital ag program integrates with John Deere Operations Center
Ag-Analytics, a cloud-based application created by Prof. Josh Woodard that provides digital agriculture analytics, has integrated its technology with the John Deere Operations Center, the manufacturer's online platform. This allows farmers to securely use their high-resolution agriculture data in real time to extract more useful operations information.
news-imageLong-billed Dowitcher eBird Science: Prioritizing dynamic conservation for migratory birds
eBird data is enabling new cost-effective approaches to complementing protected areas with 'pop-up' wetlands, using big data and new market mechanisms to create habitat when and where birds need it most. This work has just been published in Science Advances, "Dynamic conservation for migratory species."
news-imageState of the Birds 2017 cover State of the Birds 2017: Farm Bill Special Report
The State of the Birds 2017: Farm Bill Special Report, released by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI), documents the many benefits the Farm Bill—America's single largest source of conservation funding for private lands—has delivered to birds, farmers, and rural communities.
news-imageR. Bruce van Dover Two groups both win $7.5M to study AI, autonomous systems
Van Dover and Gomes' 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-imageAngela Fuller Angela K. Fuller elected to "Fellow" in The Wildlife Society!
Associate Professor Angela K. Fuller has been elected as a The Wildlife Society Fellow in recognition of her exceptional service to the wildlife profession.
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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