Nick Cheney

Nick Cheney, visiting professor in computer science at the University Wyoming and artificial intelligence research.

This year’s Wyoming Energy Summit will also be taking a close look at what the future may hold for the energy industry. We may not be seeing flying oil rigs, but autonomous machines using artificial intelligence (AI) on the oil field will almost definitely be a part of the future.

Nick Cheney, visiting professor in computer science at the University Wyoming and artificial intelligence research, will be addressing AI and the future of energy at this year’s Wyoming Energy Summit, May 23 at the UW Conference Center in Laramie.

“I plan to speak primarily on the potential of smart machines and appliances as part of the internet of things to use artificial intelligence to autonomously choose when and how to draw power from the grid,” Cheney told the Wyoming Business Report. 

“I believe that the development of these devices as part of a smart grid will drastically change the demand requirements of our energy system, and in turn affect the requirements and possibilities on the supply side of energy production as well,” he said.

Then, if time allows, he may also speak on the potential of AI for design automation to help build machines with varying levels of energy efficiency and/or the design of more efficient energy harvesting devices.

Cheney has a PhD in Computational Biology from Cornell University, and has a B.S. magna cum laude in Applied Mathematics from the University of Vermont. To learn more about Cheney and his work, his website is http://www.ncheney.com/.

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