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An AI-based framework for harmonizing climate policies and projects with the SDGs

About the project
In this project, we propose to extend current assessments of the various synergies and trade-offs among the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by the United Nations (UN) via methods based on artificial intelligence (AI). The project will also serve to strengthen the collaboration between Digital Futures and the KTH Climate Action Centre.

The proposed research project is of extreme relevance, due to the pressing need to develop policy that enables, rather than inhibits, sustainable development. Furthermore, it is essential to be able to include AI-based methods into governance actions and development programs.

Background
This is currently an active area of research, where a number of studies start to document the interactions among SDGs systematically. As this type of work is extremely relevant for policymakers, as well as to guide promising research directions to explore by funding agencies we will:

  • Compare AI-based analyses with expert-based studies.
  • Systematically assess (via AI methods) synergy and trade-offs connected to climate policy decisions in the context of the SDGs.
  • In the final stage, employ reinforcement-learning-based methods to design novel and efficient strategies for policy development, maximizing the opportunities among SDG actions and avoiding the pitfalls.

Crossdisciplinary collaboration
The researchers in the team represent the KTH Schools of Engineering Sciences, Department of Engineering Mechanics and the School of Industrial Engineering and Management, Climate Action Centre.

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Contacts

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Ricardo Vinuesa

Associate Professor at KTH, PI of project An AI-based framework for harmonizing climate policies and projects with the SDGs, Digital Futures Faculty

+46 8 790 71 52
rvinuesa@mech.kth.se
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Francesco Fuso-Nerini

Associate Professor at KTH ITM, Director of KTH Climate Action Centre, Working group Smart Society, Co-PI of project An AI-based framework for harmonizing climate policies and projects with the SDGs, Co-PI WP3 of research project Towards a Smart Society – the role of Digital Futures

Digital Futures Faculty
ffn@kth.se