Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) MX-UK Integrative Think-Tank (ITT) on Environmental Resilience

This Integrative Think Tank (ITT) event is a collaboration between the ART-AI CDT, the SAMBa CDT, social policy science researchers, and two institutions in Mexico (CIMAT and UNAM). Partners are CENAPRED, SACMEX and the Government of Jalisco

This Integrative Think Tank (ITT) event is a collaboration between the ART-AI CDT, the  SAMBa CDT, social policy science researchers, and two institutions in Mexico (CIMAT and UNAM). Partners are:

  1. CENAPRED, which is Mexico’s National Center for the Prevention of Disasters, and part of the Ministry of the Interior. CENAPRED oversees all aspects of Mexican disasters, from prediction of events, to management of the aftermath, to public engagement and awareness raising.
  2. SACMEX, the Mexican water agency
  3. Government of Jalisco

Some background resources on the Mexican situation are an OECD review and spending recommendations (EN, ES) and the Atlas Nacional de Riesgos

In conjunction with with the partners, some preliminary questions for exploration at the ITT have been developed:

– Classification of seismic signals from the Popocatepetl volcano

– Debugging a seismic catalogue

– Calculating final users’ water consumption in the Mexico City water supply system

– Optimising water distribution in the Mexico City water grid

– Open data mashups for predicting water supply in Jalisco

– Mapping forest fire risk using remote sensing data

The focus of the ITT will be on developing AI approaches to these and other questions.  Complementary to this, we will explore the statistical and mathematical underpinning of AI methods, as well as emphasise the understanding of societal and social impacts.

The conventional model of a week-long, off-campus workshop is not possible. Instead, we are going to take advantage of the time difference to run local teams in the UK and MX  involving around 60 participants in total, with joint sessions for the main activities during UK afternoons and Mexican mornings when everyone can join, but with groups from each country working independently before and after this time.


Event Info

Start Date 10.05.2021
End Date 14.05.2021
Start Time 9:00am
End Time 5:00pm

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