Computational Sustainability Workshop

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April 17, 2014 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech Computational Sustainability Workshop
April 17  |  Georgia Tech Hotel  |  1–6 p.m.

The Institute for Data and High Performance Computing (IDH) and the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems (BBISS) present a Computational Sustainability Workshop on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Georgia Tech Hotel. 

This event replaces the original workshop scheduled for January 31, which was postponed due to inclement weather. If you were registered for the original event, please resubmit your registration so that we may maintain an accurate attendee list. Also, new registrants are welcome.

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The workshop brings together researchers with interests at the intersection of computing and sustainability to explore computation as an enabler for creating more sustainable, resilient cities. Participants will identify unifying themes and opportunities for collaboration, as well as impediments to forging synergistic large-scale research programs. Developing unifying research themes, which can be used to create large-scale research projects and research thrusts in the computational sustainability area, is a desired outcome of the workshop. 

Sustainability starts with the individual and extends to buildings, neighborhoods, cities, and regions. Workshop participants will simultaneously explore new approaches to achieving sustainable growth that can be enabled through innovations in computation, as well as the computational technologies themselves. Relevant computational technologies include data analytics, modeling and simulation, optimization, high performance computing, and distributed computing platforms. 

The event will include a brief overview to frame the discussion, a series of representative presentations covering ongoing research in sustainability challenges and computational technologies, breakout discussions to define overarching themes and synergies, and a networking reception to enable further discussion among researchers. While time does not permit everyone to give a formal presentation, discussion sessions are included to enable others to briefly discuss their research interests.


Introductions and Overview
1:00     Richard Fujimoto and John Crittenden
           Conference Room A 
Research Presentations (12 minutes each: 10 min. presentation, 2 min. Q&A)
Conference Room A
1:20     Bert Bras, Mechanical Engineering
           Computations in Sustainable Design & Manufacturing
1:32     TBD
1:44     Kishore Ramachandran, Computer Science
           System Support for Internet of Things
1:56     TBD
2:08     Bistra Dilkina, Computational Science & Engineering
           Discrete Optimization for Biodiversity Conservation and Beyond
2:20    Discussion
          Conference Room A
2:35    Break
Research Presentations (12 minutes each: 10 min. presentation, 2 min. Q&A)
Conference Room A
2:45    Michael Hunter, Civil & Environmental Engineering
           Intelligent Mobility
2:57    Marilyn Smith & John-Paul Clarke, Aerospace Engineering
           A Systems Approach to Designing Sustainable Energy-Based Communities
           in Developing Countries

3:09    Godfried Augenbroe, School of Architecture
           Computational Models of New and Existing Buildings
3:21    Subhro Guha, School of Architecture
           Application of Geospatial Technologies for Enhancing Urban Mobility,
           Community Health, and Quality of Life

3:33    David Bader, Computational Science & Engineering
3:45    Discussion
          Conference Room A
4:00    Breakout Groups
          Conference Rooms A, C & D
5:00    Breakout Reports and Networking Reception
          Conference Room B
6:00    Adjourn