Data and sustainability science and practice

Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science


September 18, 2018
4:10pm to 5:00pm
190 Doe Library
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The energy-information nexus has become a key tool and research area in efforts aimed at decarbonizing energy systems, enabling and operating the 'smart grid', which I will argue encompasses the utility-scale system, mini-grids, and off-grid energy systems. In this talk we will review a range of theoretical models and practical tools where data science, machine learning, and human-machine interfaces have launched or enabled clean energy and energy justice (energy access and socially progressive energy choices) that would not have been possible previously. I will also highlight key opportunities for data science for sustainable energy options in California, China, and Africa.

The Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science, co-hosted by the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) and the Berkeley Division of Data Sciences, features Berkeley faculty doing visionary research that illustrates the character of the ongoing data revolution.  This lecture series is offered to engage our diverse campus community and enrich active connections among colleagues.  All campus community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Arrive at 3:30 PM for light refreshments and discussion prior to the formal presentation.


Dan Kammen

Professor and Chair, Energy and Resources Group

Daniel M. Kammen is a Professor at UC Berkeley with appointments in the Energy and Resources Group where he is the Chair, the Goldman School of Public Policy where he directs the Center for Environmental Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He has a B.A. in Physics (Cornell ‘1984) and a Masters (1986) and a PhD in Physics, the latter two from Harvard. Kammen was the Bantrell and Weizmann Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology.

Kammen was appointed by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in April 2010 - 2016 as the first energy fellow of the Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) initiative. He served as a Science Envoy for US Secretary of State John Kerry 2016 - 2017. In 2010 he was appointed the first Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for the World Bank. He has testified for state and U S. House and Senate Committees over 40 times.

Kammen has served as the Lead Scholar for the Fulbright NEXUS program of the U. S. State Department, and has served on numerous National Academy of Sciences, US EPA, and Department of Energy committees, advisory, and expert panels. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where he Chaired Section X, the Committee on Science and Society, is a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Kammen began his studies and research in solid state physics at Cornell, then conducted doctoral research in cosmology at Harvard before completing his PhD in theoretical models of neural systems. At Caltech he continued that work on computational vision and consciousness with Christof Koch and Francis Crick, before evolving into work on energy systems. Today Kammen researches low-carbon, sustainable energy systems at scales from individual households, to mini-grids, to the large-scale energy systems of nations and regions. He has published 12 books and over 400 research publications.

Kammen is a licensed private pilot and provided concert wiring for the Grateful Dead.