Africa-UniNet - Monitoring, Management and Mitigation of Environmental Challenges with Collaborative Data Analytics and Machine Learning for Sustainable Development
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The basic idea of the project is to study whether AI is a boon or a bane to sustainable development. Political scientists and environmental activists believe it is a bane especially to UN SDG 6, 11, 12, 14 and 15 (w.r.t energy consumption and carbon emission) while computer scientist and AI engineers believe it is a boon in the monitoring, management and mitigation of environmental challenges using collaborative data analytics and machine learning technologies.
The objectives of the project are two-fold:
? At the social and economic level, the project aims to collect the data necessary for the intelligent monitoring, management and mitigation of environmental challenges
? At the technical part, due to the fact that this data comes from distributed, heterogenous autonomous sources, and it may have different quality, modality and media, novel tools are required for the modelling, analysis and optimised control of complex systems. For which, the project devises new collaborative approaches that combine the sensing, analysis and optimisation capabilities of the crowd, sensors and algorithms.