Welcome to the Neural Networks Research Group web site.

The group is directed by Prof. Risto Miikkulainen and is located at the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.


Climate Change AI Award

The paper on Discovering Effective Policies for Land-Use Planning, by Risto and two former UT students Elliot Meyerson and Daniel Young, won the "Best Pathway to Impact Award" at the NeurIPS Workshop on Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning. The idea is to use data on past land-use, and a simulator data for carbon emissions, to recommend how land should be best used to minimize change and minimize climate impact. To get a concrete idea of how it works, try out the interactive demo; there's also a prerecorded talk, slides, poster, and a short version of the paper at the workshop site. The land-use planning project is the first use case of Project Resilience, a non-profit group sponsored by the ITU agency of the United Nations, and was first presented at their AI For Good Summit in July 2023.

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