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Data Science for Sustainability: From Life Cycle Assessment to Urban Air Pollution Monitoring

Distinguished Research Seminar Series

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  • Date

    04 Oct 2021

  • Organiser

    Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering of PolyU; IEEE Technology & Engineering Management Society

  • Time

    16:00 - 17:30

  • Venue

    Online via ZOOM  


Prof. Ming Xu


Meeting link will be sent to successful registrants

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In the past decade, we have witnessed the rapid development of data science and its wide applications in the information technology (IT) industry. Data science has also offered new solutions and created new opportunities for many other areas, including sustainability. Many fields related to sustainability rely on the collection, compilation, analysis, and presentation of various types of data with distinct characteristics. In this talk, I will discuss my understanding of data science, its (potential) applications in some relevant fields in sustainability, and some case studies. These case studies include using link prediction and machine learning methods to estimate missing data for life cycle assessment (LCA), identifying principle indicators for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and estimating spatiotemporal distribution of urban air quality based on low-cost sensors.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Ming Xu

Prof. Ming Xu

School for Environment and Sustainability
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US


Ming Xu is a Professor in School for Environment and Sustainability and a Professor in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is also the inaugural Director of China Programs in School of Environment and Sustainability and Co-Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Industrial Ecology at University of Michigan. He received the 2015 Robert A. Laudise Medal from International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2016, and the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2021. He serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Engineering for its Environment & Light and Textile Industries Engineering Section (Chinese Academy of Engineering’s official journal). He has been serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Resources, Conservation & Recycling since 2015 (2020 Impact Factor: 10.204). He founded the International Conference on Resource Sustainability (icRS) series in 2018 and has served as the conference General Chair. He was elected Chair of the 2024 Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology and President of International Society for Industrial Ecology for 2023-2024. Read More

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