02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
18 September 2020

ASCE Closing Keynote


Jean-Louis BriaudJean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, DIST.M.ASCE, 2020 ASCE President-Elect


Carbon Optimization - Designing our Future

Kate SimonenKate Simonen, R.A., AIA, SE, Professor, University of Washington, Director, Carbon Leadership Forum

Vision CEE 2100: Empowering Civil and Environmental Engineering with Artificial Intelligence for Global Priorities

Jerry HajjarJerry Hajjar, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, CDM Smith Professor and Chair Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University

Auroop GangulyAuroop Ganguly, Ph.D., F.ASCE, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University

As the world continues to address challenges related to climate change, globalization of economies, resource constraints, aging infrastructures, urbanization, population shifts, and security challenges, civil and environmental engineers will be called upon increasingly to develop solutions for critical societal priorities. In addition to the continuous refinement of engineering principles along with associated science insights and policy imperatives, addressing challenges of the 21st century and beyond will require empowering the discipline with 21st century tools such as artificial intelligence (AI), broadly construed. This presentation discusses how artificial intelligence methods, ranging from machine learning to network science, can transform grand challenge areas in civil and environmental engineering. These applications include adaptation of critical infrastructures such as urban lifeline networks to multiple and compound extremes, including but not limited to climate-attributable weather hazards and hydrometeorological stresses. The presentation also highlights areas for future convergent research and workforce development.