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Conference Program

CompSust DC 2019 will take place at Newell-Simon Hall at Carnegie Mellon University. CMU campus maps are available at

Friday, October 18, 9:00am – 6:00pm

Newell-Simon Hall room 1305 (basement)

8:30am – 9:00am Registration
9:00am – 9:30am Breakfast / Introduction & Welcome
Fei Fang: Introduction to CompSust
9:30am – 11:00am
Student Presentations
  • Probabilistic Inference with Generating Functions for Population Dynamics of Unmarked Individuals
    Kevin Winner (15 minutes)
  • Illegal Wildlife Poaching Prediction and Patrol Planning Under Uncertainty
    Lily Xu (5 minutes)
  • MIPaaL: Mixed Integer Program as a Layer
    Aaron M Ferber (5 minutes)
  • Control-Theoretic Models of Environmental Crime
    Elliot Cartee (5 minutes)
  • Monitoring Forest and Land Cover Change from Satellite Observations: A Machine Learning Approach
    Srija Chakraborty (15 minutes)
  • Insights and Challenges from Developing Bayesian Models of Inland Water Bodies
    Christopher Krapu (5 minutes)
  • Triangulating Historical, Real-Time, and Environmental Grab Sample Data to Track River Water Quality in the Western PA Rivershed
    David Sanchez (5 minutes)
  • Predicting Bird Occurrences with High-Resolution Aerial Images
    Laurel Hopkins (15 minutes)
  • Avicaching: Reducing Bias in Citizen Science with a Scalable Principle-Agent Game
    Anmol Kabra (5 minutes)
11:00am – 12:00pm Tutorial 1: Genevieve Flaspohler
Gaussian Processes for Environmental Data in Space and Time
12:00pm – 12:30pm Coffee Break / Poster Session
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch (at venue)
1:30pm – 2:30pm Keynote Presentation: Zico Kolter
Incorporating decision-making into deep learning
2:30 – 3:30pm
Student Presentations
  • Adaptive Resilience Through Real Options and Deep Reinforcement Learning
    James Doss-Gollin (15 minutes)
  • Decision Support System Framework for Self-Healing and Reconfiguration in Power Distribution Networks with Distributed Energy Resources
    Laiz Souto (5 minutes)
  • Teaching Robots to Interact with Humans in a Smart Home Environment
    Shivam Goel (5 minutes)
  • Active Learning for Scientific Discovery
    Sebastian E Ament (5 minutes)
  • Application of Computational Topology in Identifying Brain Functional Connectivity
    Berhanu Wubie (15 minutes)
  • A Bioinformatic Pipeline for the Analysis of Low-Coverage Whole Genome Sequencing Data and Its Applications in Biodiversity Conservation
    Runyang N Lou (5 minutes)
  • Multi-Armed Bandits for Verifying Medication Adherence
    Aditya S Mate (5 minutes)
3:30pm – 4:00pm Coffee Break / Poster Session
4:00pm – 5:00pm Tutorial 2: Bryan Wilder
Submodular Optimization
5:00pm – 6:00pm Collaborathon: Brainstorm and Idea Generation
7:00pm Dinner @ The Porch
221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Saturday, October 19, 9:00am – 6:00pm

Newell-Simon Hall room 3305 (main floor)

8:30am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:00am Keynote Presentation: Doug Fisher
Mechanisms for Advancing Broader Impacts of Computational Sustainability
10:00am – 11:00am Tutorial 3: Aditya Grover
Taming the Supervision Bottleneck for Computational Sustainability
11:00am – 11:30am Coffee Break / Poster Session
11:30am – 1:00pm
Student Presentations
  • Optimization Model for Spoilage Reduction in the Milk Supply Chain
    Forough Enayaty Ahangar (15 minutes)
  • Contiguity Networks as a Vulnerability Index for Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Cattle: The 2018 Outbreak Case in Cesar, Colombia.
    Jeisson Prieto (5 minutes)
  • A Computational Model to Understand Wind Development and Pollution Dispersion over Complex Terrain
    Zhihao Li (5 minutes)
  • An Agent-Based Model to Explore the Impact of Risk-Sharing Mechanisms on Smallholder Farmer Climate Adaptation Strategies
    Nicolas Choquette-Levy (15 minutes)
  • Improving Probabilistic Bounds on Mean Estimation of Economic Wealth with a Semisupervised Method
    Christopher Yeh (5 minutes)
  • Forecast of Copper Demand in the U.S.
    Rui He (5 minutes)
  • An Initial Simulation Model Framework for Predicting Fresh Spinach Spoilage
    Sarah I Murphy (15 minutes)
  • Green Economy and Nations Sustainable Development
    Seyyedmilad Talebzadehhosseini (5 minutes)
  • Design, Benchmarking and Graphical Lasso Based Segmentation Analysis of an Energy Game-Theoretic Framework
    Hari Prasanna Das (5 minutes)
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch (at venue)
2:00pm – 3:00pm Tutorial 4: Dr. James Broda
Convergence and Equilibrium for Stochastic Models of Ecological Disturbances
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Student Presentations
  • A Data-Driven Approach to Investigating the Impacts of Ambient Temperature on Thermoelectric Generators
    Measrainsey Meng (15 minutes)
  • Electricity Systems: Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning
    Priya L Donti (5 minutes)
  • Identifying Potentially Vulnerable Communities to Extreme Heat Events by Characterizing Air Conditioning Penetration Patterns in the Southern California Region
    Mo Chen (15 minutes)
  • Energy Consumption Patterns of U.S. Households
    Diren Kocakusak (5 minutes)
  • Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Amazon Hydropower with Strategic Dam Planning
    Qinru Shi (15 minutes)
  • Computational Analysis of the Future of Electric Mobility: Electric Cars, Trucks and Planes
    Venkat Viswanathan (15 minutes)
  • The Environmental Consequences of Autonomous Transport
    Parth Vaishnav (5 minutes)
  • Characterising Temporal Aspects of Residential Electricity Consumption Using Statistical Learning
    Aven Satre-Meloy (5 minutes)
4:30pm – 6:00pm Collaborathon: Write-Up and Project Proposal
7:00pm Dinner @ The Yard
736 Bellefonte Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Sunday, October 20, 9:00am – 1:00pm (half day)

9:30am – 10:00am Breakfast
10:00am – 1:00pm Optional Field Trip: Phipps Conservatory
Lunch provided; no advance RSVP needed
1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
  • Priya Donti (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Lily Xu (Harvard University)
  • Genevieve Flaspohler (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Aaron Ferber (University of Southern California)
  • Sebastian Ament (Cornell University)
Steering Committee
Local Arrangements