Workshop on Ubiquitous Sustainability: Technologies for Green Values
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In Conjunction with the Ninth International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2007)
September 16th, 2007, Innsbruck, Austria
Accepted participants: Registration is now open for the conference. You can register for the full conference, or as a workshop-only attendee.
This workshop will explore how Ubicomp research can intersect with values and practices linked to environmental sustainability. Growing concerns about resource depletion, global warming, and environmental degradation have led increasing numbers of people to reconsider their actions and the impact they have on the planet. This upswing in public interest in making positive change for the environment has substantial implications for how the Ubicomp community frames and executes the design of technologies in realms as diverse as energy conservation, healthcare, home systems monitoring and automation, environmental monitoring, community planning, and social networking. The goals of the workshop are to gain an understanding of emerging practices in which technologies align with emerging environmental values, and to distill a set of challenges for the Ubicomp community that are synchronous with those developments.
We encourage submissions exploring the relationship between Ubicomp and environmental sustainability. We ask authors to pick one of the following three options:
For each of the above options, example topics include (but are certainly not limited to) the following:
The workshop will be highly interactive, and activities will be designed to stimulate discussion and creativity. The workshop will be an opportunity to explore ideas for innovative design and implementation strategies and principles, as well as to identify relevant areas of synergy within the Ubicomp community. Throughout the day, the organizers will draw on concepts from human-computer interaction, anthropology, and design to guide and facilitate discussion. The workshop will be structured into four sessions. In the first session, the organizers will present themes that emerged from the participantsí position papers (based on an analysis the organizers will conduct before the workshop). Each participant will also give a brief overview of the paper they submitted. In the second session, participants will participate in a brainstorming session. In the third session, participants will further explore the interactions between technological interventions and environmental values. In the final session, we will engage in a discussion about the most interesting and difficult problems that came out of each activity, and identify key outcomes and challenges. In order to facilitate interaction, we anticipate the workshop will be limited to 15-20 participants.
Participation and Registration
We welcome submissions from individuals who are passionate about the interaction between Ubicomp and environmental sustainability. A background in sustainability is welcome but is not required to participate in this workshop. We welcome submissions from researchers, practitioners, and students from both academia and industry. Authors of accepted papers are expected to register (details to be be posted at a later date). In general, we expect that one author from each accepted submission will participate in the workshop (if space permits, it may be possible to arrange for additional authors to attend the workshop, but we can not guarantee this).
Submission Content and Format
We ask that prospective authors prepare a submission based on one of the options described above. Each submission should also include a biography stating the participant's background and motivation for submitting to the workshop, and should be in English and in PDF format. Each submission should be 2-4 pages total (including all content, figures, and biography). Accepted position papers will appear in the adjunct proceedings and the final camera-ready version should follow the 2-column Springer-Verlag format (two-columns, A4-size, no page numbers). A template for this format is available at the UbiComp workshops website. A Word template can be found here (right-click to download).
Please email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm PST on June 11, 2007.
Please contact email@example.com with any queries.