The LIMITS workshop concerns the role of computing in human societies affected by real-world limits*. As an interdisciplinary group of researchers, practitioners, and scholars, we seek to reshape the computing research agenda, grounded by an awareness that contemporary computing research is intertwined with ecological limits in general and climate- and climate justice-related limits in particular. LIMITS 2022 solicits submissions that move us closer towards computing systems that support diverse human and non-human lifeforms within thriving biospheres.
* For example, limits of extractive logics, limits to a biosphere's ability to recover, limits to our knowledge, or limits to technological "solutions".
We welcome scholarship by researchers, engineers, designers, and artists who are (re)designing computing systems that engage pressing ecological issues. Building on provocations from earlier LIMITS gatherings, we encourage papers that describe transitional systems. Transitional systems attempt to (re)design, implement, and/or evaluate a real-world or hypothetical socio-technical computing system in response to "implications for design" raised by earlier LIMITS papers or LIMITS-related scholarship in the areas of computing and sustainability, computing and climate-justice).
All papers should explicitly state how the work supports LIMITS-aligned goals. We also encourage authors to consider the stories they tell and reify through their work. As Constanza-Chock reminds us, "Stories have power". They ask us to consider, "(...) what stories are told about design problems, solutions, contexts, and outcomes? Who gets to tell these stories? Who participates, who benefits, and who is harmed?" (p. 134)
Abstract registration deadline: March 18, 2022, 11:59pm AOE
Paper submission deadline: April 1, 2022, 11:59pm AOE
Paper reviews available: April 29, 2022
Camera ready deadline: May 20, 2022
LIMITS Workshop: June 21-22, 2022
In 2022, LIMITS will be a virtual, distributed workshop. We welcome participants to organize local gatherings or "LIMITS-hubs" that encourage community-building and sharing of infrastructure.
Papers should adhere to the following guidelines:
Reviewing will be non-blind; authors should include their names and contact information and reviews will include reviewer names.
All papers will be made freely available on the workshop website. Copyright will remain with the authors.
Oliver Bates, Lancaster University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christoph Becker, University of Toronto, email@example.com
Roy Bendor, Delft University of Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eli Blevis, Indiana University, email@example.com
Alan Borning, University of Washington, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay Chen, ICSI, email@example.com
Elina Eriksson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org (co-chair)
Lisa Nathan, University of British Columbia, email@example.com (co-chair)
Vineet Pandey, Harvard University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teresa Cerratto Pargman, Stockholm University, email@example.com
Daniel Pargman, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Birgit Penzenstadler, University of Gothenburg, Chalmers, email@example.com
George Porter, UC San Diego, firstname.lastname@example.org
Barath Raghavan, USC, email@example.com (steering committee)
Miriam Börjesson Rivera, Uppsala University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas Schuler, Evergreen State College, email@example.com