AI for the Planet


Bistra Dilkina

Co-Director of the USC Center for AI in Society (CAIS) and Associate Professor of Computer Science

University of Southern California


Bistra Dilkina is the co-Director of the USC Center for AI in Society (CAIS) and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California. Dilkina is one of the faculty leaders in the young field of Computational Sustainability, fostering research on use-inspired computational methods to help solve some of the key challenges concerning environmental, economic, and societal issues on the path towards a sustainable future. Dilkina has made key contributions on using Artificial Intelligence for biodiversity conservation and resilience, in areas such as wildlife corridor planning, fighting illicit wildlife poaching and trafficking, disaster-resilient infrastructure mitigation planning, and climate impacts. She is an expert on discrete optimization, network design, and the integration of machine learning and combinatorial optimization.

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