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Department of Spatial Planning

RAM Colloquium with Nina Wiedemann

Begin: End: Location: Online
Portrait photo of Nina Wiedemann from ETH Zürich © Nina Wiedemann

Title: Combinatorics for sustainability – how optimization methods can support spatial planning and operations

Time and venue: Friday, 26 May 2023, 11 am CEST; online event on Zoom

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Tackling climate change requires radical changes to the energy and transportation sector. However, the planning of energy or transport infrastructure is usually a tedious process with many influencing factors and an intractable number of possibilities. Mathematical approaches for such combinatorial problems can yield provably good solutions. In this talk, I present our research on spatial optimization in three application scenarios: power infrastructure planning, allocating urban space to bikes, and integrating power supply and mobility with vehicle-to-grid. Our work calls for more integration of mathematical approaches in the transformation towards  sustainability, not only for efficient operations, but also for spatial planning.