365722 Maximizing Sustainability of Ecosystem Model through Socio-Economic Policies Derived from Multivariable Optimal Control Theory

Wednesday, November 19, 2014: 4:43 PM
M302 (Marriott Marquis Atlanta)
Rohan Doshi, Northview High School, Duluth, GA - USA, Atlanta, GA, Urmila Diwekar, Vishwamitra Research Institute, Center for Uncertain Systems: Tools for Optimization and Management, Clarendon Hills, IL, Kirti Maheshkumar Yenkie, Bioengineering, University of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago, IL, Heriberto Cabezas, Computer Science and Systems Technology, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary, Veszprém, Hungary and Pahola T. Benavides, Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Current practices in natural resources consumption are unsustainable and may eventually lead to ecosystem extinction. Sustainable ecosystem management is necessary to ensure that human and ecological needs of the present are satisfied without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. This paper uses a simple mathematical model of an integrated ecological and economic system representing our planet’s sectors like human households, industrial sector, and energy production sector. The aim of the project is to maximize the sustainability of this system using Fisher Information as a measure of sustainability and derive socio-economic policies using optimal control techniques. By controlling six policy parameters, we were able to sustain all the ecological mass compartments (which were not sustainable in the consumption increase scenario of the future), thus significantly increasing the lifespan of all the species in the model.

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