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Sustainability in the Digital Age announces Scientific Co-director Dr. David Rolnick has been named to MIT Technology Review’s prestigious annual list of Innovators Under 35 as a Pioneer. Every year, the world-renowned media company recognizes a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. This year, Dr. Rolnick features on that list.

Dr. Rolnick is scientific co-director for Sustainability in the Digital Age, CIFAR AI Chair, assistant professor in the School of Computer Science at McGill University, a core academic member of Mila, and co-founder and chair of Climate Change AI, an initiative that catalyzes impactful work at the intersection of machine learning and climate change. His research focuses on understanding deep learning and on applications of machine learning to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

“I’m delighted to be named to the list of ‘35 Innovators Under 35,’ which has included several of my personal heroes,” said Dr. Rolnick. “And am glad to see the increasing interest within the AI community in cross-disciplinary partnerships for climate action.”

Tim Maher, Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review, said: “We get more than 500 nominations for the list every year, and getting that list down to 35—a task not only for the editors at MIT Technology Review but also for our 30+ judges—is one of the hardest things we do each year. We love the way the final list always shows what a wide variety of people there are, all around the world, working on creative solutions to some of humanity’s hardest problems.”

Learn more about this year’s honorees on the MIT Technology Review website here and in the July/August issue, which goes live online June 30. The honorees are also featured at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference, MIT Technology Review’s annual flagship event that offers a carefully curated perspective on the most significant developments of the year, with a focus on understanding their potential business and societal impact. EmTech MIT will be held online September 28-30, 2021. Click here to learn more about the event.

About Sustainability in the Digital Age

Sustainability in the Digital Age is an initiative of the global network Future Earth and works to leverage the digital age to drive societal transformations toward a more sustainable and equitable world. The organization focuses on four key areas: research and innovation; training and networks; policy, standards and best practices; and collective foresight and intelligence.

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Founded in 1899, MIT Technology Review is a world-renowned, independent media company whose insight, analysis, and interviews explain the newest technologies and their commercial, social, and political impacts. MIT Technology Review derives its authority from its relationship to the world’s foremost technology institution and from its editors’ deep technical knowledge, capacity to see technologies in their broadest context, and unequaled access to leading innovators and researchers. MIT Technology Review’s mission is to bring about better-informed and more conscious decisions about technology through authoritative, influential, and trustworthy journalism. SubscribeListen. Follow: TwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagram.

About the EmTech event series

MIT Technology Review’s EmTech series examines emerging technologies that will drive the new global economy. From mainstage keynotes to Q&As and small discussions, these events provide a curated view of the year’s most important developments. EmTech gives attendees the opportunity to discover future trends and learn from the most innovative people and companies in the world. Established more than 20 years ago, EmTech events have become a must-attend for entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators, policy influencers, media, and more. This year’s EmTech events in the United States include EmTech Digital, March 23-25; EmTech Next, June 8-10; and EmTech MIT, September 28-30. Learn more.