An engineer - computational social scientist - entrepreneur passionate about people-centric climate action
Dr. Ramit Debnath is the inaugural Cambridge Zero Fellow at the University of Cambridge, a visiting faculty associate in Computational Social Science at Caltech.
Ramit seeks to understand what is desirable machine intelligence for climate action. He uses design thinking, large language models, machine learning, and AI to reduce misinformation, restore trust, and remove skepticism to improve public understanding of climate change. He received the 2022 Google Cloud Climate Innovation Challenge, the 2022 Alan Turing Enrichment Award, and a Sustainability Fellowship from Churchill College. Ramit has a background in electrical engineering and sustainability and a Ph.D. as a Gates scholar from the University of Cambridge.
Ramit is currently based at the Cambridge Computer Laboratory and has attracted over £400,000 in research grants and prestigious fellowships. And published extensively on solving society's wicked problems, which can be found here: Google Scholar.
Latest research on heatwave impacts featured in WIRED Magazine
Latest research on conspiracy theories, climate misinformation featured in TIME magazine
Recent Professional History
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A climate tech startup Co-Founder (2023- Present)
unitmode - deriving climate strategies using human-centric AI for countering corporate misinformation.
Director of Studies, Gonville and Caius College (Sept 2022 - Present)
Architecture, climate change and sustainability
Inaugural CambridgeZero Fellow (May 2022 - Present), Dept. of Computer Science and Technology
Improving public understanding of climate action - Leading this project at the intersection of computational social science, misinformation and climate policy.
Visiting Faculty Associate in Computational Social Science, Caltech, USA (Dec 2021 - Present)
Working on system-level climate misinformation and greenwashing using natural language processing, machine learning and AI.
Sustainability Fellow, Churchill College, University of Cambridge (Jan 2022 - Present)
Designing and delivering sustainability programs at Churchill College - includes seminar talks, design studio and agenda-setting.
Visiting Researcher, International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris (Nov 2020 - Nov 2021)
Worked in large teams to drive energy efficiency, renewable integration and digitalisation agenda for supporting energy transition in India and European Union. Contributed to flagship IEA reports.
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