In recent years, climate change has become a common concern for the Government and the Community. However, this topic has never been as hot as it is now after Europe declared a climate emergency on November 28, 2019. In order to provide practical perspectives and spread the inspiration of using this technology to the youth, Swinburne University (Vietnam) in collaboration with FUNiX – two leading universities in teaching and researching on IT and its application in life, organized the AI forum: ‘How AI can tackle climate change’ under Change Makers Talk program series.
The seminar was an opportunity for speakers to share and discuss with the audience about the application of technology and what AI can do to address climate change issues. This is also the basis for the change in thinking and action of young generation to use technology in protecting the environment.
The seminar had the participation and presentation of famous speakers with many years of research and development and application of AI to life including Assoc.Prof. Dr. Tran The Truyen, currently doing researching and working at Deakin University – Australia; Mr. Le Cong Thanh, CEO of InfoRe company, Master of Paris XI University majoring in Computer Science; Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Hien – Director of Special Technology Center xSeries – FUNiX, and Mr. Truong Cong Duan – Head of Academic Department, Swinburne University of Technology (Vietnam).
As the first person to share on this topic, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran The Truyen cited some main causes of negative impacts on the environment, for example: “Electricity, agriculture and transport. The world’s major countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, China and Russia are the main drivers of climate change, but Vietnam is not impregnable, so Vietnam needs to act now.”.
In responding to climate change, AI plays an integral role in reducing emissions and changing adaptation cycles, making the system more efficient; providing sensors, automatic monitoring system; providing more accurate and faster forecasts; supporting in providing similar variables (causes – results) to understand weather phenomena, forecasts, etc.
In his speech, Associate Professor Tran The Truyen also shared that the world has also researched and given some solutions to apply AI technology in dealing with climate change such as Google applies on wind power development. Thanks to AI for increasing efficiency by 10% for a wind power plant. For traffic, AI can predict congestion (using surveillance cameras, sensors, etc.) to minimize traffic congestion. Vehicle speed measurement system – speed / density forecast based on weather data, vehicle traffic data for the purpose of reducing pollution. AI also contributes to the development of smart apartments with monitoring systems, sensors, etc. that help reduce the amount of energy used in the home and in the city. For agriculture and forestry, systems with AI applications will help classify trees, detect forest fires, monitor the health of coral reefs, and participate in wildlife conservation, etc.
Mr. Le Cong Thanh – CEO of InfoRe share: “AI is currently an extremely important technology, necessary in all fields. If we consider AI to be a new electricity, data is oil, coal, hydroelectricity, etc. We have to solve the data problem, not only in climate change but also many other issues.”. In addition to the two speakers, Mr. Le Ngoc Huy also shared a lot of interesting and useful information about AI and its applications in today’s life.
The seminar received the attention from the audience, as evidenced by the questions that were sent to the speakers who were diverse and enthusiastic. Questions about “AI application model in climate change” or “What is a big corporation like FPT doing to reduce environmental impact and tackle climate change”.
The meaningful seminar ended with new ideas, sharing and analysis of the meaning of AI and climate change applications. In the context, Vietnam is one of the countries heavily affected by climate change; the solution of using technology to cope with this problem has highly practical applicability. These seminars bring practical knowledge and new perspectives to young people, contributing to arousing the technological potential of the first student group of Swinburne University (Vietnam) – the university was founded based on in association with one of Australia’s leading technology universities.