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Groundbreaking tools and models to reduce air pollution in urban areas

Project description

New AI tool to tackle growing challenge of urban air pollution

The majority of Europe’s urban population is exposed to levels of air pollutants above new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. The European Environment Agency (EEA) has reported that human activities are the main drivers behind the dangerous levels. In this context, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions project MODELAIR will provide specialised training to 10 doctoral candidates to design new disruptive technologies to control air pollution and make these new technologies available to city Councils and relevant industrial sectors. MODELAIR will develop an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that enables informed and sensible decisions for air pollution control in urban areas.


MODELAIR proposes a combination of theoretical, experimental, numerical, and data-driven science that will simulate, control and design new disruptive technologies for future sustainable cities and will provide specialized training to 10 doctoral candidates (DCs) to make these new technologies available to city Councils and relevant industrial sectors. MODELAIR contributes to EU Mission: Climate-neutral and smart cities, reducing gas emissions and offering cleaner air to citizens.
MODELAIR will develop an Artificial Intelligence (AI) - based tool to help make informed and sensible decisions to control air pollution in urban areas. For such aim, MODELAIR will develop novel analysis tools and new Reduced Order Models (ROMs) based on both non-intrusive sensing and innovative data sources. Assessed by the industry and city councils from Bristol, Brussels and Madrid, MODELAIR will improve the current state-of-the-art modeling capability, taking into account the influence that buildings, roadways and other structures have on the flow and dispersion of air pollution . The limits of applicability of the novel AI-based tool will be tested in three specific problems related to air pollution in urban areas by: (i) studying the influence of the urban topology on air pollution, (ii) characterizing the Ixelles District (Brussels-BE) to develop a real-time decision-making tool that will assess about the disposition and maintenance of the sensor network to provide a high-quality air pollution monitoring service, and (iii) investigating the influence of the pollutant emission source (strength and location) to optimize traffic routes to reduce air pollution. The final aim is to obtain transferable outputs using novel tools and methodology approaches (addressing three different challenges) to improve air quality dispersion models that will serve to city councils and industry to develop new regulations to control air pollution.


Net EU contribution
€ 503 942,40
28040 Madrid

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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