The LIMITS workshop aims to foster discussion on the impact of present and future ecological, material, energetic, and societal limits on computing. These topics are seldom discussed in contemporary computing research. A key aim of the workshop is to promote innovative, concrete research, potentially of an interdisciplinary nature, that focuses on technologies, critiques, techniques, and contexts for computing within fundamental economic and ecological limits. A longer-term goal is to build a community around relevant topics and research. We hope to impact society through the design and development of computing systems in the abundant present for use in a future of limits. This year we are colocating with ICT4S in Lappeenranta, Finland.
This year all talks are being live streamed. Url: https://connect.funet.fi/rfqrcietxlhy/ Password: limits2019 Presentations will be recorded and available after the workshop. We are encouraging a buddy system for remote participation in breakout sessions including Skype for business remote participation. [Sign up and details] [Open questions for future planning and housekeeping]
Oliver Bates, Lancaster University, firstname.lastname@example.org (co-chair)
Eli Blevis, Indiana University, email@example.com
Jay Chen, New York University - Abu Dhabi, firstname.lastname@example.org (co-chair)
Elina Eriksson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, email@example.com
Kurtis Heimerl, University of Washington, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lara Houston, Goldsmiths, University of London, email@example.com
Ann Light, University of Sussex, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonnie Nardi, University of California - Irvine, email@example.com
Lisa Nathan, University of British Columbia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teresa Cerratto Pargman, Stockholm University, email@example.com
Birgit Penzenstadler, California State University - Long Beach, firstname.lastname@example.org
Barath Raghavan, USC, email@example.com
Christian Remy, Aarhus University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas Schuler, Evergreen State College, email@example.com
Bill Tomlinson, University of California - Irvine, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonnie Nardi, UC Irvine
Barath Raghavan, USC
Karla Carter (ACM SIGCAS chair), Bellevue University
LIMITS aims to foster research on the impact of present or future ecological, material, energetic, and/or societal limits on computing and computing research to respond to such limits. The medium-term aim of the workshop is to foster research, potentially of an interdisciplinary nature, that innovates on technologies, techniques, and contexts for computing within fundamental limits. A longer-term goal is to build a community around relevant topics and research. A goal of this community is to impact society through the design and development of computing systems in the abundant present for use in a future of limits and/or scarcity. A recent article in the Communications of the ACM provides a good primer on Computing within Limits.
We envision two broad categories of papers: "discussion papers" and "systems papers" (see below). Submissions do not need to strictly fit into either category. All papers should succinctly frame the limits that are of interest to the author(s).
Discussion papers explore the nature of limits and computing. Good discussion contributions will detail the nature of the limits of interest, describe their impact on computing, and present directions for future research. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
Systems papers describe the design, implementation, and evaluation of computing systems that work within or help cope with limits. Also of interest are evaluations of systems that fail due to limits. Good systems contributions will address problems that meet present or future societal needs, describe clear limits and operational boundaries, and provide a detailed evaluation of the system in question. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
Abstract registration deadline: February 22, 2019, 11:59pm Pacific Time
Paper submission deadline: March 1, 2019, 11:59pm Pacific Time
Paper reviews available: March 28, 2019
Camera ready deadline: May 1, 2019, 11:59pm Pacific Time
Submit papers at this site. (If you have any issues with the submission site, please email email@example.com.)
Papers must be registered, with a title and abstract, by February 22, 2019 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Papers must be submitted in PDF format by March 1, 2019, 11:59pm Pacific Time.
Papers should adhere to the following guidelines:
Reviewing will be non-blind; authors should include their names and contact information.
David Abson - Leuphana University, Germany
Dave Abson is a junior professor in sustainability economics in the Faculty of Sustainability at Leuphana University, Germany. He has an interdisciplinary background spanning, landscape ecology, ecological economics and sustainability science, with a particular focus on ecosystem services and food system sustainability. Dave was a lead author of the two economic chapters of the UK National Ecosystem assessment. He is currently an editor for the journal Sustainability Science and a principle investigator in the inter- and transdisciplinary project Leverage Points for Sustainability transformation, where his focus is on conceptualizing sustainability interventions and transformative change in complex socio-ecological systems from a systems thinking perspective.
A leverage points perspective on sustainability transformations
David Abson (Leuphana University, Germany)
|Who Breathes the Smoke? Technologies for Community-Based Natural Resource Management
Matt Ziegler (University of Washington)
|The SAGE Community Coordinator: A Demonstration
Juliet Norton (UC Irvine), Birgit Penzenstadler (California State University - Long Beach), Samantha McDonald, Emily Kang, Nora Koirala, Rieko Konishi, Gabriela Pena Carmona, Jainee Shah, Sebastian Troncoso, Bill Tomlinson (UC Irvine)
|Experimenting with Novel Forms of Computing: The case of the Swedish Citizen Observatory for Water Quality Conservation
Teresa Cerratto Pargman, Somya Joshi (Stockholm University), Uta Wehn (IHE)
|2:00||[Remote] Discussion/Breakout Session|
|4:00||[Remote] Discussion/Breakout Session|
|Participatory simulation of institutions could help address global limits (short paper)
Bill Tomlinson (UC Irvine), M. Six Silberman (IG Metall), Andrew W. Torrance (University of Kansas), Kurt Squire (UC Irvine)
|The Lions’ Gate: Towards a Permaculture-inspired Blended Space
Callum Egan, Richard Thompson, Andrew O'Dowd (Edinburgh Napier University)
|The High Cost of Free Services: Problems with Surveillance Capitalism for IT Infrastructure and Possible Alternatives
Marvin Landwehr (University of Siegen), Alan Borning (University of Washington), Volker Wulf (University of Siegen)
|Should Do, Can Do, Can Know: Sustainability and Other Reflections on One Hundred and One Interaction Design Projects
Huaxin Wei, Jeffrey C.F. Ho, Kenny K.N. Chow (Hong Kong Polytechnic University), Shunying An Blevis, Eli Blevis (Indiana University) [Slides]
|Exile Within Borders: Understanding the Limits of the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Iraq
Dina Sabie, Samar Sabie, Cansu Ekmekcioglu Dedeoglu, Yasaman Rohanifar, Fatma Hashim, Steve Easterbrook, Syed Ishtiaque Ahemd (University of Toronto)
|Breaking the Cornucopian Paradigm: Towards Moderate Internet Use in Everyday Life
Kelly Widdicks (Lancaster University), Daniel Pargman (KTH)
|Sustainable Platform Cooperativism: Towards social and environmental justice in the future of the gig-economy (short paper)
Oliver Bates (Lancaster University, UK), Ben Kirman (University of York, UK)
|Transitional Imaginaries - Testing The LIMITS (short paper)
Baruch Gottlieb (Studium Generale of the University of Arts, Berlin, Germany), Nicolas Maigret (Disnovation.org art collective, Paris, France), Maria Roszkowska, (Disnovation.org art collective, Paris, France)
|4:00||[Remote] Housekeeping, Next Steps for LIMITS
|6:00||Dinner - Vegan Indian buffet dinner at the LUT beachfront sauna|
The workshop will be held on the campus of LUT University, Lappeenranta, Finland. There will be a registration fee of €100 (EURO) non-students and €50 (EURO) for students. The fee covers workshop registration, lunches and refreshments during the workshop. It does not cover transportation.
Information regarding registration for LIMITS and ICT4S can be found here.
The workshop is co-located with ICT4S again this year. The LUT University is located in the Skinnarila district, seven kilometres from the city centre, at Skinnarilankatu 34, 53850 Lappeenranta. Here is a map of all the venues. Please find detailed accommodation information at this link and travel information here.