Curiosity on Stage: Evening Edition - Can AI tackle Climate Change?

CSTM
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Oct 24, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (small reception before the event from 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Curiosity on Stage: Evening Edition - Can AI tackle Climate Change?
Location
Event Hall
When
Times
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (small reception before the event from 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Fee Description
$10 for non-members, $7 for museum members and students. Registration required.
Age
15 and up
Language Comments
Please note that this presentation will be in English, with simultaneous translation into French, and a bilingual Q & A.

Please note that the topics under discussion are intended for mature audiences. Recommended for participants ages 15 and up.

It’s impossible to read the news without being bombarded with warnings about climate change, and wildly contrasting predictions about the promise and pitfalls of AI. What you haven’t heard much of is how AI and climate change are linked.

As part of our theme, “Living in the Machine Age,” join invited speakers from Watergeeks.io and BluWave AI for a discussion that will explore the potential to use AI to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build climate resilience, and help Canada lead in the clean tech economy. The session will end with a panel discussion and question-and-answer period.

AI and climate change individually threaten to destroy society. Combined, they just might save it.

Join the conversation and share your thoughts using the hashtag #CuriosityOnStage.

Please note that event parking will be offered free of charge.

If you require translation, please consider helping the environment by bringing your own internet compatible device (phone or tablet) and headphones.

Agenda:

  • 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Light refreshments and networking opportunities
  • 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Presentations and panel discussion
  • 8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Light refreshments and networking opportunities

Our speakers:

Nadia Koukoui (Watergeeks.io) – Co-founder and CEO
Mostafa Farrokhabadi (BluWave-ai) – Technology and innovation leader

Biographies:

Nadia Koukoui

NADIA KOUKOUI, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER, WATERGEEKS.IO

Nadia Koukoui is CEO and co-Founder of Watergeeks.io, a clean tech startup that leverages artificial intelligence to offer turnkey solutions to businesses and municipalities for the (re)sale and purchase of second-hand industrial equipment. Watergeeks.io helps to catalyze a circular economy in the water industry and beyond.

Nadia has over ten years of professional experience working on engineering projects and water management programs with both the public and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Sustainable Development. Nadia has worked as Director of Partnerships for startup FluksAqua, as Project Engineer for Environment and Climate Change Canada’s hydrometric data program and as researcher on climate change adaptation with UNESCO-IHE in The Netherlands. Nadia has been actively involved in the water industry for over a decade as Board Member of EcoTech Quebec, a cleantech cluster and as past President of the International Water Association Canadian young professional chapter.

Mostafa Farrokhabadi

MOSTAFA FARROKHABADI, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION LEADER, BLUWAVE-AI

Dr. Mostafa Farrokhabadi is the technology and innovation leader at BluWave-ai, an internationally award-winning start-up offering AI-enabled solutions to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy resources and electric transportation. BluWave-ai’s intelligent platform optimizes the cost and reliability of modern grids with various energy resources, leading the movement towards a smarter and greener electric grid. BluWave-ai's customers have reported up to 40% reductions in their grid emissions, effectively mitigating their adverse impact on climate change.

Mostafa obtained his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has more than 8 years of experience in designing mission critical grid solutions for industry and academia. Mostafa has (co)authored several articles in high-impact energy journals, conference proceedings, and magazines, and has filed multiple patent applications pertaining to control and optimization of smart renewable-penetrated grids. Mostafa has also led an international coalition of 21 researchers from 14 institutions investigating stability issues in small-scale electrical systems with a high penetration of renewable energies. During the course of his career, Mostafa has received multiple business, research, and teaching awards, including the prestigious Ottawa's Forty Under 40.

When not busy researching and developing smart grid solutions, Mostafa actively raises awareness on human-induced climate change, enjoys reading about science and history, and contemplates the future of the human species.