The Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) is one of India's leading think tanks, with a mission to enrich policymaking with innovative approaches using science and technology for a sustainable, secure and inclusive society. Our work is in the areas of climate, environment, sustainability, energy, AI for social impact and new materials. Our research leverages innovative technology-based ideas to solve developmental challenges. In this talk I will touch upon the broad areas of our work and our approach to making impact. I will provide two examples: one from our work on renewable energy grid planning and another from our work on electric mobility. The purpose of the talk is to explore opportunities for collaboration and also highlight the challenges that a think tank faces while trying to bring rigour to practical problems faced by public entities looking to implement low-carbon solutions.
Dr Jai Asundi is the Executive Director at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Bangalore, India. CSTEP is a not-for-profit research organisation with a mission to enrich policymaking with innovative approaches, using science and technology for a sustainable, secure, and inclusive society. He has been involved in research and development projects in multiple areas and his current focus is on organisational development. He spearheaded the creation of the Centre for Air Pollution Studies at CSTEP and the establishment of AI for Social Impact as sector of research. His research interests lie in the areas of information technology for development and is working on the development of decisions support systems for a variety of public policy problems. He is a senior member of the IEEE. Prior to CSTEP, Dr. Asundi was faculty in Information Systems at the University of Texas at Dallas. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh where he is currently Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy.
ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING:
For a limited time, you may view a recording of the talk.
The public talk will run from Noon - 1:00 PM, with two 30-minute small group sessions to follow.