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New seminar explores computational sustainability

Solutions to sustainability problems could be addressed by applying computational techniques, according to researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

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, postdoc J. Zico Kolter and graduate student Youssef Marzouk.

The series will feature six talks presented by top researchers from MIT and other institutions. Upcoming talks include Professor Michael Caramanis speaking on Market Based Demand Response in Smart Grid Supported Power Markets on Sept. 29; Dr. Ruben Juanes speaking on Oct. 13; and Professor David E. Culler speaking on Oct. 20. 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 3-4 p.m. in the Stata Center. For more information on the Computational Methods for Sustainability seminar series, visit

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