Addressing Sustainability Issues with AI, Creativity and Arts

Image of a front loader on top of a landfill.

Use artificial intelligence + creativity and arts + computer science to address sustainability and environmental issues.

Project description

Sustainability and environmental issues are critically important for our society's future and humanity. Innovative and bold ideas are needed to address these issues collectively.

We're seeking students who have the passion and drive to make a difference in solving these societally important issues. In this mentored research project, students will work directly with Prof. Xiong, the Empire Innovation Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, to use (or grow) your strong skills in computer science, AI, creativity and arts to explore and design bold solutions to address the sustainability challenges of our growing wasteful cultures.

Project outcome

Here are possibilities for project outcomes, but more options can be discussed with the project mentor. 
  • Functional solutions that demonstrate the feasibility of addressing sustainability and environmental issues through the unconventional combination of AI + creativity and arts + CS
  • High impact scientific papers, articles and blogs

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About 10-12 months
Start time Anytime
In-person, remote, or hybrid? Hybrid
Level of collaboration Large group collaboration (4+ students)
Benefits Research experience; academic credit
Who is eligible All undergraduate students with an interest or familiarity with computer science or AI.

Project mentor

Jinjun Xiong

Empire Innovation Professor

Computer Science and Engineering

Phone: (716) 645-4760


Start the project

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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.


Computer Science and Engineering