Special Issue "Research on Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Yu-Dong Zhang
Guest Editor
Chair in Knowledge Discovery and Machine Learning, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
Interests: deep learning; convolutional neural network; biomedical image analysis; bioinspired computing; pattern recognition; transfer learning; medical image analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues

Artificial intelligence (AI) has already shown its capacity to resolve realistic sustainability-related problems, and it has successfully contributed to many fields in terms of economy, business, management, environment, resources, ecology, society and individuals, energy, etc.

Recent advances in AI features include the invention of deep neural networks, which are a subset of machine learning, using a model inspired by the structure of the brain. It has been rapidly developed in recent years, in terms of both methodological development and practical applications. It provides computational models of multiple processing neural-network layers to learn and represent data with multiple levels of abstraction. It can implicitly capture intricate structures of large-scale data and is ideally suited to some of the hardware architectures that are currently available.

This problem-solving oriented Special Issue will cover a broad range of topics, applying the latest and emerging theoretical and technical advancements of artificial intelligence, particularly deep learning methods, to various realistic sustainability problems.

Topics may include, but are not limited to applying the following AI methods:

  • Traditional AI and big data analytic methods
  • Theoretical understanding of deep learning
  • Transfer learning, disentangling task transfer learning, and multi-task learning
  • Improvising on the computation of a deep network; exploiting parallel computation techniques and GPU programming
  • Optimization by deep neural networks
  • Design of new loss functions, design of new activation functions, design of new layers
  • Explainable AI (XAI) and visualization methods
  • New model or improved model of convolutional neural network

in the following areas:

  • Sustainable construction, sustainable manufacturing
  • Sustainable healthcare, sustainable education
  • Sustainable urban and rural development
  • Blockchain
  • Human geography and social sustainability
  • Clean energy
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Supply chain management
  • Water and air pollution
  • Sustainable chemistry
  • Smart cities, smart manufacturing
  • Sustainable culture and heritage
  • Climate predictions and control
  • Sustainable agriculture, food, wildlife, agroengineering
  • Sustainable science and engineering

Prof. Yu-Dong Zhang
Guest Editor

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  • Artificial intelligence
  • Deep learning
  • Transfer learning
  • Sustainable healthcare
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Sustainable agriculture

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A Sustainable Deep Learning Framework for Object Recognition Using Multi-Layers Deep Features Fusion and Selection
Sustainability 2020, 12(12), 5037; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12125037 - 19 Jun 2020
With an overwhelming increase in the demand of autonomous systems, especially in the applications related to intelligent robotics and visual surveillance, come stringent accuracy requirements for complex object recognition. A system that maintains its performance against a change in the object’s nature is [...] Read more.
With an overwhelming increase in the demand of autonomous systems, especially in the applications related to intelligent robotics and visual surveillance, come stringent accuracy requirements for complex object recognition. A system that maintains its performance against a change in the object’s nature is said to be sustainable and it has become a major area of research for the computer vision research community in the past few years. In this work, we present a sustainable deep learning architecture, which utilizes multi-layer deep features fusion and selection, for accurate object classification. The proposed approach comprises three steps: (1) By utilizing two deep learning architectures, Very Deep Convolutional Networks for Large-Scale Image Recognition and Inception V3, it extracts features based on transfer learning, (2) Fusion of all the extracted feature vectors is performed by means of a parallel maximum covariance approach, and (3) The best features are selected using Multi Logistic Regression controlled Entropy-Variances method. For verification of the robust selected features, the Ensemble Learning method named Subspace Discriminant Analysis is utilized as a fitness function. The experimental process is conducted using four publicly available datasets, including Caltech-101, Birds database, Butterflies database and CIFAR-100, and a ten-fold validation process which yields the best accuracies of 95.5%, 100%, 98%, and 68.80% for the datasets respectively. Based on the detailed statistical analysis and comparison with the existing methods, the proposed selection method gives significantly more accuracy. Moreover, the computational time of the proposed selection method is better for real-time implementation. Full article
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