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Design Science for Social Good (DSSG) (link) is an intensive, paid internship program where students are challenged to solve real-world problems for on-the-ground partners, including local non-profit organizations and the City of Atlanta. The annual student showcase was held at Ponce City Market on July 24th with representatives from the City of Atlanta, local companies, non-profit organizations, and data scientists in attendance. Brook Byers Institute of Sustainable Systems Fellow Bistra Dilkina (link) advised one of the four student teams, with her team conducting two of the five projects in this latest round of the program.
In the first project, Dilkina’s team of four students partnered with Georgia Tech Facilities Management to determine some useful predictors of energy usage beyond historical energy usage and performance modelling, such as class schedules and climatic variables. The second project Dilkina advised, entitled “Predicting and Alleviating Road Flooding in Senegal,” sought to learn which regions and roadways would be most affected by flooding, and where mitigations would best preserve capacity and access to all parts of the country.