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2021 RED Talk Featuring Priya Donti

October 12, 2021 | 2:00 p.m.Virtual Event
The NCSU Data Science Academy is pleased to welcome guest speaker Priya Donti. She is co-founder and chair of Climate Change AI, an initiative to catalyze impactful work in climate change and machine learning, a Ph.D. student in Computer Science and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and a U.S. Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow. Her colloquium will focus on “Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning.” The RED Talk series is sponsored by the NCSU Office of Research and Innovation.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges that society faces today, requiring rapid action from all corners. In this talk, I will describe how machine learning can be a potentially powerful tool for addressing climate change, when applied in coordination with policy, engineering, and other areas of action. From energy to agriculture to disaster response, I will describe high impact problems where machine learning can help through avenues such as distilling decision-relevant information, optimizing complex systems, and accelerating scientific experimentation. I will then dive into some of my own work in this area, which merges data-driven approaches with physical knowledge to facilitate the transition to low-carbon electric power grids.

Note to CSC and Statistics graduate students: these lectures have been approved to count toward the required seminars for graduate students.

Please contact Mary Catherine Cole ( with any questions.