CFP: Computing and the Environment

October 2-4, 2014, Leeds, United Kingdom

Organizers: David Aubin (UPMC), Yves Bouvier (Paris-Sorbonne), Patrick Garda (UPMC), Nestor Herran (UPMC), Christophe Lecuyer (UPMC), and Laura Maxim (CNRS)

Computing has important environmental ramifications. Server farms, such as those operated by Google, Facebook, and Amazon, consume enormous amounts of energy. The manufacture of computers is the source of considerable pollution. So is the disposal of computers and other digital devices. At the same time, computing, in the form of sensor networks, numerical methods, and large databases, is critical for the production of knowledge in ecology, ethology, oceanography, and other environmental sciences. It is also key for environmental remediation.

Aside from a few pioneering studies on the use of computer models in climatology and activists’ accounts of the harmful environmental effects of computer manufacturing, little is known, however, about the history of the complex interactions between computing and the environment. Critical questions remain to be answered: How did the rise of computing affect the environment in industrialized countries and in the global South? How did governments and social groups respond to the environmental impact of computing? How have digital tools been used to better understand, monitor, and control the environment?

Call for papers

To seek answers to these questions, we will convene an international workshop on computing and the environment in Banyuls-sur-Mer, France, on 2-4 October 2014. We welcome contributions addressing the following topics:

-Computing and energy
-Computing and pollution
-The use of computer-based tools in the environmantal sciences or in environmental remediation

Please send a 300-word abstract and a short CV to christophe.lecuyer@upmc.fr by 10 April 2014. Notification of acceptance: May 2014. Accommodation costs and travel expenses will be covered by the organizers.

Deadline: April 10, 2014

Posted: March 05, 2014