Solutions to sustainability problems could be addressed through applying computational techniques, according to CSAIL researchers. This fall, the Seminar on Computational Methods for Sustainability will explore the role of computation in solving problems of sustainability, such as energy consumption, developing new chemical processes, and solving large-scale resource allocation problems. The series has been organized by CSAIL Professor Brian Williams, Postdoctoral Fellow J. Zico Kolter and Assistant Professor Youssef Marzouk.
The series will feature six talks presented by top researchers from MIT and other institutions. This week’s talk, set for Thursday, October 20, will feature David Culler, professor and chair of Computer Science at UC Berkeley, speaking on information technology’s role in enabling a sustainable energy infrastructure. Through this series, the organizers hope to bring together researchers from various different backgrounds that can speak on the broad applications and crucial role of applying computational techniques to sustainability problems.
All talks will be held on Thursdays from 3 p.m.-4 p.m., and this week’s talk will be in the Kiva seminar room (32-G449). For more information on the Computational Methods for Sustainability seminar series, visit http://projects.csail.mit.edu/compsust/seminar_f11/index.php.