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  • Lecturer AI Sustainable Development
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Dr Perez-Ortiz is Assistant Professor (academic Lecturer) of Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development at the Department of Computer Science at University College London. Previously Perez-Ortiz was Senior Research Fellow at UCL and Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. Perez-Ortiz started working on AI technologies for sustainable development before the United Nations set the 2030 SDG Agenda in 2015. Her contributions on the development and real-world deployment of AI technologies in this field have had cascading impacts in areas as diverse as biomedicine (organ transplantation, skin cancer and human visual deficiencies), environmental sustainability (climate change, renewable energies and sustainable agriculture) and educational technology. Now, the focus of both her research and teaching revolve around the technological foundations for AI technology to truly support sustainable development, i.e. taking advantage of the profound possibilities of these technologies, for example for enabling the integration of renewable energy in the grid, or supporting climate action, while minimising the risks associated (unfair technology that discriminates against the most vulnerable, technologies that are easily attacked, etc.).

Research Themes
Research Summary

Perez-Ortiz works in what she calls planet-centered AI, developing responsible AI technologies for people, the planet and tackling the immense challenges of the human-led geological era of the Anthropocene. The questions she is interested in are:

  1. How can we leverage technology to faithfully capture the dynamics of our social and environmental ecosystems, e.g. creating digital twins?
  2. How could we utilise these computational systems for planetary governance (e.g. climate change policy crafting)?
  3. How to make AI more responsible, ethical, robust, transparent, accountable…?
  4. How do we create a new hybrid intelligence, that is neither artificial nor human, but rather a mix of both of our strengths and more interactive/collaborative?

Teaching Summary
Perez-Ortiz is currently working on bringing sustainability and responsible innovation to the computer science arena. I am Deputy Director of the first MSc program on AI for Sustainable Development, as well as module leader of two innovative research courses at UCL: i) AI for Sustainable Development and ii) Transparent, Accountable and Responsible AI.
01-JUL-2022 Assistant Professor Computer Science University College London, United Kingdom
01-APR-2020 – 01-JUL-2022 Senior Research Fellow Computer Science University College London, United Kingdom
19-NOV-2018 – 01-APR-2020 Research Fellow Computer Science University College London, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2017 – 18-NOV-2018 Research Associate Computer Science and Technology University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2017 – 31-MAY-2017 Visiting Scholar Computer Science University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2015 – 31-MAY-2017 Assistant Professor Quantitative Methods Universidad Loyola Andalucia, Spain
01-MAR-2014 – 31-AUG-2015 Research Assistant Institute of Sustainable Agriculture Spanish National Research Council, Spain
01-JUL-2011 – 28-FEB-2014 Research Assistant Computer Science University of Cordoba, Spain
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