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Digital Futures faculty workshop on how AI can support sustainable development

A Digital Futures faculty workshop was held on 24 November at the Courtyard by Marriott on Kungsholmen. Some 60 faculty members had gathered to learn, discuss and share knowledge. They were welcomed by David Broman – Associate Director Faculty, that together with Sissi Rizko – Program Manager, had organized the workshop. Then followed a presentation of the latest news within the centre by Karl H Johansson, Director of Digital Futures.

David Broman, Associate Director Faculty Digital Futures

Digital Futures working groups (Smart Society, Digitalized Industry, Rich and Healthy Life, Educational Transformation, Trust, Collaborate and Learn) then entered the stage for pitch presentations on their activities.

Working group Smart Society presented by Mattias Höjer

The workshop also included panel discussions focussing on the climate crisis unfolding around us and that looking for ways to handle this is becoming urgent. AI is rapidly developing, changing what is possible to analyze and how things can be done in all parts of society.

During the session, the audience got to hear about how AI can support Sustainable Development Goal 13, Climate action and how AI can be used to leverage complex satellite images for monitoring wildfires and urbanization and analyzing their environmental impact to support sustainable development.

Left to right: Mattias Höjer, Yifang Ban and Ricardo Vinuesa

The first panel raised the question ‘AI – what are the risks and opportunities for climate change mitigation?‘ with Associate Professor Ricardo Vinuesa and Professor Yifang Ban, both at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Left to right: David Broman, Björn Fägersten, Mads Dam, Malena Britz and Stefan Axelsson

The second panel discussed ‘Digital transformations – what are the risks and challenges in an uncertain world?‘ Panellists were Malena Britz – Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of Research at Swedish Defense University, Björn Fägersten – Senior researcher at Politics and Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Mads Dam – Professor KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stefan Axelsson – Professor at Stockholm University.

Afterwards, participants enjoyed networking, refreshments, and some good food in the Christmas decorated mingle area.

Digital Futures Program Manager Sissi Rizko and Professor Richard Harper, Digital Futures Scholar in residence