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Tackling Climate Change with ML
David Rolnick · Priya Donti · Lynn Kaack · Alexandre Lacoste · Tegan Maharaj · Andrew Ng · John Platt · Jennifer Chayes · Yoshua Bengio

Sat Dec 14 08:00 AM -- 06:00 PM (PST) @ East Ballroom C
Event URL: https://www.climatechange.ai/NeurIPS2019_workshop.html »

Climate change is one of the greatest problems society has ever faced, with increasingly severe consequences for humanity as natural disasters multiply, sea levels rise, and ecosystems falter. Since climate change is a complex issue, action takes many forms, from designing smart electric grids to tracking greenhouse gas emissions through satellite imagery. While no silver bullet, machine learning can be an invaluable tool in fighting climate change via a wide array of applications and techniques. These applications require algorithmic innovations in machine learning and close collaboration with diverse fields and practitioners. This workshop is intended as a forum for those in the machine learning community who wish to help tackle climate change.

Sat 8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks (Opening Remarks)
Sat 8:30 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.
Jeff Dean (Google AI) (Invited talk)
Jeff Dean
Sat 9:05 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Spotlight talks
Sat 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break + Poster Session
Sat 10:30 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
Felix Creutzig (TU Berlin, MCC) (Invited talk)
Felix Creutzig
Sat 11:05 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Spotlight talks
Sat 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Climate Change: A Grand Challenge for ML (Panel Discussion)
Yoshua Bengio, Carla Gomes, Andrew Ng, Jeff Dean, Lester Mackey
Sat 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch + Poster Session
Frederik Diehl, Bill Yang Cai, Pieter-Jan Hoedt, Kelly Kochanski, Soo Kyung Kim, Yunsung Lee, Sunghyun Park, Sharon Zhou, Martin Gauch, Jonathan Wilson, Joyjit Chatterjee, Shamindra Shrotriya, Dimitri Papadimitriou, Christian Schön, Valentina Zantedeschi, Gaby Baasch, Willem Waegeman, Gautier Cosne, Dara Farrell, Brendan Lucier, Letif Mones, Caleb Robinson, Tafara Chitsiga, Victor Kristof, Hari Prasanna Das, Yimeng Min, Alexandra Puchko, Sasha Luccioni, Kyle Story, Jason Hickey, Yue Hu, Björn Lütjens, Zhecheng Wang, Renzhi Jing, Genevieve Flaspohler, Jingfan Wang, Saumya Sinha, Qinghu Tang, Armi Tiihonen, Ruben Glatt, Muge Komurcu, Jan Drgona, Juan Gomez-Romero, Ashish Kapoor, Dylan J Fitzpatrick, Alireza Rezvanifar, Adrian Albert, Olya (Olga) Irzak, Kara Lamb, Ankur Mahesh, Kiwan Maeng, Frederik Kratzert, Sorelle Friedler, Nic Dalmasso, Alex Robson, Lindiwe Malobola, Lucas Maystre, Wendy Lin, Surya Karthik Mukkavili, Brian Hutchinson, Alexandre Lacoste, Yanbing Wang, Zhengcheng Wang, Yinda Zhang, Victoria Preston, Jacob Pettit, Draguna L Vrabie, Miguel Molina-Solana, Tonio Buonassisi, Andrew Annex, Tunai P Marques, Catalin Voss, Johannes Rausch, Max Evans
Sat 2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Carla Gomes (Cornell) (Invited talk)
Carla Gomes
Sat 2:40 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Spotlight talks
Sat 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Coffee Break + Poster Session
Sat 4:15 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
Lester Mackey (Microsoft Research and Stanford) (Invited talk)
Lester Mackey
Sat 4:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Spotlight talks
Sat 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Practical Challenges in Applying ML to Climate Change (Panel Discussion)
Jennifer Chayes, John Platt, Felix Creutzig, Marta Gonzalez, Craig Miller

Author Information

David Rolnick (UPenn)
Priya Donti (Carnegie Mellon University)
Lynn Kaack (ETH Zurich)
Alexandre Lacoste (Element AI)
Tegan Maharaj (MILA)
Andrew Ng (Stanford University)

Andrew Ng, Chief Scientist at Baidu, Chairman & Co-Founder of Coursera, Adjunct Professor, Stanford Dr. Andrew Ng joined Baidu in May 2014 as chief scientist. He is responsible for driving the company's global AI strategy and infrastructure. He leads Baidu Research in Beijing and Silicon Valley as well as technical teams in the areas of speech, big data and image search. In addition to his role at Baidu, Dr. Ng is an adjunct professor in the computer science department at Stanford University. In 2011 he led the development of Stanford's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform and taught an online machine learning class that was offered to over 100,000 students. This led to the co-founding of Coursera, where he continues to serve as chairman. Previously, Dr. Ng was the founding lead of the Google Brain deep learning project. Dr. Ng has authored or co-authored over 100 research papers in machine learning, robotics and related fields. In 2013 he was named to the Time 100 list of the most influential persons in the world. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, MIT and the University of California, Berkeley.

John Platt (Google)
Jennifer Chayes (Microsoft Research)

Jennifer Chayes is Technical Fellow and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England, New York City, and Montreal. She was for many years Professor of Mathematics at UCLA. She is author of over 140 academic papers and inventor of over 30 patents. Her research areas include phase transitions in computer science, structural and dynamical properties of networks, graph theory, graph algorithms, and computational biology. She is one of the inventors of the field of graphons, which are now widely used in the machine learning of massive networks. Chayes’ recent work focuses on machine learning, broadly defined. Chayes holds a BA in physics and biology from Wesleyan, where she graduated first in her class, and a PhD in physics from Princeton. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and Cornell. She is the recipient of the NSF Postdoc Fellowship, the Sloan Fellowship, the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Anita Borg Institute Women of Leadership Vision Award. She has twice been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Chayes is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Fields Institute, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Mathematical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the winner of the 2015 John von Neumann Lecture Award, the highest honor of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. In 2016, she received an Honorary Doctorate from Leiden University. Chayes serves on numerous scientific boards and committees. She is a past VP of the American Mathematical Society, past Chair of Mathematics for the Association for the Advancement of Science, and past Chair of the Turing Award Selection Committee. She is also committed to diversity in the science and technology, and serves on many boards to increase representation of women and minorities in STEM.

Yoshua Bengio (Mila)

Yoshua Bengio is Full Professor in the computer science and operations research department at U. Montreal, scientific director and founder of Mila and of IVADO, Turing Award 2018 recipient, Canada Research Chair in Statistical Learning Algorithms, as well as a Canada AI CIFAR Chair. He pioneered deep learning and has been getting the most citations per day in 2018 among all computer scientists, worldwide. He is an officer of the Order of Canada, member of the Royal Society of Canada, was awarded the Killam Prize, the Marie-Victorin Prize and the Radio-Canada Scientist of the year in 2017, and he is a member of the NeurIPS advisory board and co-founder of the ICLR conference, as well as program director of the CIFAR program on Learning in Machines and Brains. His goal is to contribute to uncover the principles giving rise to intelligence through learning, as well as favour the development of AI for the benefit of all.

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