Explore our expert insights and analysis in leading energy and climate news stories.

Energy Explained

Get the latest as our experts share their insights on global energy policy.


Hear in-depth conversations with the world’s top energy and climate leaders from government, business, academia, and civil society.


Find out more about our upcoming and past events.

Events Innovation & Technology

Artificial Intelligence for Energy: AI & Energy Technology Discovery

Past Event

October 23, 2023

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm edt

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs for a series of discussions on how the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in the energy sector can advance the discovery of new technologies, aid in the prediction of successful energy-related systems, and optimize operations.

The first AI forum will feature a global expert leading the development of AI for scientific discovery, including for energy.

Historically, researchers have developed technologies by estimating which materials and designs were potentially the most promising from previous laboratory testing and advancing those to the laboratory experimentation stage. Thomas Edison, for example, tested over one thousand types of filaments in his lab before he found one that worked effectively for the first light bulb.

Today, scientific discovery of new technologies can be significantly accelerated by the use of AI and high-performance computers. AI can process data to guide researchers to higher likelihood options before taking efforts to the lab experimentation stage, significantly reducing the cost and time to discovery for a new technology. This methodology was successfully used by the U.S. National Laboratories in the development of COVID-19 vaccines and therapies, which significantly reduced the time and risk of developing those drugs.


  • Paul M. Dabbar, Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Former Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA; Former Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy (2017-21)


  • Rick L. Stevens, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing, Environment, and Life Sciences, Argonne National Laboratory


This webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details. The event will be recorded and the video recording will be added to our website following the event.

This event is open to press, and registration is required to attend. For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact Natalie Volk ([email protected]).

For more information about the event, please contact [email protected].