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CarlaGomes
2011–2012
Cornell University
Computer Science
Computational Sustainability: Computational Methods for a Sustainable Environment, Economy, and Society

Carla Gomes is a professor of computer science at Cornell University, with appointments in the computer science, information science, and applied economics and management departments. Her research has covered several themes in artificial intelligence and computer science, from the integration of constraint reasoning, operations research, and machine learning techniques for solving large-scale constraint reasoning and optimization problems to the use of randomization techniques to improve the performance of exact search methods, algorithm portfolios, multi-agent systems, and game play.

Recently, Gomes has become immersed in the establishment of computational sustainability, a new interdisciplinary field that aims to develop computational methods to help balance environmental, economic, and societal needs to support a sustainable future. Gomes has started a number of research projects in biodiversity conservation, poverty mapping, the design of “smart” controls for electric cars, and pattern identification for material discovery (e.g., for fuel cell technology). While at Radcliffe, Gomes will write about computational sustainability and look for new collaborations with fellows and other Harvard researchers to address challenges in computational sustainability.

Gomes obtained a PhD in computer science in the area of artificial intelligence and operations research from the University of Edinburgh. She also holds an MSc in applied mathematics from the Universidade de Lisboa. Gomes is the lead principal investigator on an award from the National Science Foundation’s Expeditions in Computing program, the director of the newly established Institute for Computational Sustainability at Cornell, and a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

This information is accurate as of the fellowship year indicated for each fellow.
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