Computing, Informatics and Applications Research Group.
Proposed supervisory team
Dr Lakshmi Babu Saheer
Dr Javad Zarrin
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science and Applications.
Summary of the research project
Climate change is the main challenge that humanity is facing today, threatening the existence of life on earth. Awareness campaigns and drastic steps towards bringing the situation under control have been initiated in every nook and corner of the world. Both developed and underdeveloped countries are working hard to tackle this problem. Artificial Intelligence has big potential to help mankind whereever (big) data is available to help build models and make predictions or provide prescriptive solutions. Such models for emissions, resources, energy consumption, etc have already been statistically worked out by specialist groups around the world to tackle climate change (UCL Energy Models, 2019).
(Climate change AI, 2019) is a classic example of such an initiative. There is big data available in the fields of energy consumption, transport, building & cities, carbon footprint, farming, climate change & prediction etc (Rolnick, et.al., 2019). It is hard to mine all this data in a reasonable time to get useful resources with mathematical models. The approach for this PhD would be to first identify the most useful and informative data for the identified topics of climate change and start to build machine learning models and methodologies to extract useful and relevant information in the form of predictions or prescriptions. Even though a lot of data is available for every field, it is very difficult to gather majority of these information in a structured useful format.
The topic proposed for this PhD would be to look at the parallel data on road traffic, emissions, air quality, vegetation and other related information like weather around UK or even specifically cities like London, or Cambridge. This can directly help us plan our cities and traffic routes or even come up with laws to keep our carbon footprint under control. This research needs traffic and air quality or emissions monitoring datasets and possibly auxiliary information on vegetation and other related areas that would directly impact air quality.
The traffic monitoring data in UK is available with different authorities like:
- Cambridgeshire county council
- Highways England data
- Traffic for London
Emissions monitoring data in UK is available with authorities like:
- London Air
- Government Monitoring
- Defra, UK Air
- Traffic for London
The challenge would be to map these different sources to come with parallel data to extract useful information through machine learning approaches like SVMs or Neural Networks (Nathan, et.al., 2016), (Massimiliano, et.al., 2013), (Robert, et.al., 2016), (Ioannis & William, 2015). Traffic for London seems to have usable parallel data for traffic and emissions and is known to publicly share this information to support research. This could be a starting point for this research, extending to other cities or more resources for further information. Initial research on this topic has revealed several challenges with this data including missing and inconsistencies data. The first step of this project might to design solutions for an effective data collection based on the initial studies of big data to build custom solutions and policies around transportation.
Using AI for climate change control through efforts like the traffic-emissions control and improving air quality through urban vegetation planning could be a major step forward to build upon strategies for tackling climate change based on big data available in various fields to build a sustainable future.
Where you'll study
This project is self-funded.
Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.
If you wish to be considered for this project, you will need to apply for our Computer and Information Science PhD. In the section of the application form entitled 'Outline research proposal', please quote the above title and include a research proposal.