Eighth Workshop on Computing within Limits
June 21-22 2022

About LIMITS 2022

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".

Call For Papers

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)


Sasha Constanza-Chock. 2020. Design Justice: Community-led practices to build the worlds we need. MIT Press.

Key Dates

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.


Register and submit papers at this site. (If you have any issues with the submission site, please email

Papers should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Papers should be in ACM double-column format, using the most recent template, but without ACM copyright information.
  • The main body text should use 9pt font.
  • The body of the paper should be a minimum of 5 pages and a maximum of 10 pages, with an unlimited number of pages allowed for references.

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.


Program Committee

Oliver Bates, Lancaster University,
Christoph Becker, University of Toronto,
Roy Bendor, Delft University of Technology,
Eli Blevis, Indiana University,
Alan Borning, University of Washington,
Jay Chen, ICSI,
Elina Eriksson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, (co-chair)
Lisa Nathan, University of British Columbia, (co-chair)
Vineet Pandey, Harvard University,
Teresa Cerratto Pargman, Stockholm University,
Daniel Pargman, KTH Royal Institute of Technology,
Birgit Penzenstadler, University of Gothenburg, Chalmers,
George Porter, UC San Diego,
Barath Raghavan, USC, (steering committee)
Miriam Börjesson Rivera, Uppsala University,
Douglas Schuler, Evergreen State College,

Workshop Schedule

Program with DOIs available from PubPub

June 21, 2022


7:00 PDT / 16:00 CEST LIMITS welcome
7:30 PDT / 16:30 CEST Paper Session 1
Calculate the Carbon Footprint of Streaming Media: Beyond the Myth of Efficiency
S. Makonin; L. Marks; A. Rodriguez-Silva; R. ElMallah; R. Przedpelski
How realistic are claims about the benefits of using digital technologies for GHG mitigation? Why this matters and where research is missing
A. Rasoldier; A. Girault; S. Quinton; J. Combaz; K. Marquet
8:00 PDT / 17:00 CEST Reverse panel / Break Out
8:40 PDT / 17:40 CEST Paper Session 2
The Richness of Designing for Eco-Social Change: Creative Practice, Transformative Futures and Living within Limits
L. Houston; A. Light; C. Thornton
Alternative Paths to Caring for LIMITS: The Example of Eco-Spirituality
S. Cooney; V. Sharma; J. Palmer; N. Kumar; B. Raghavan
Photovoltaic Imagination: Solar Strategies for Community Integrated Research and Graduate Training
R. Soden; M. Ratto; A. Verhoeven; B. Simon
9:25 PDT / 18:25 CEST Reverse panel / Break Out
9:45 PDT / 18:45 CEST Paper Session 3
OmniFood - Exploring the possibilities of a consumer system with ubiquitous access to data about the food we eat
B. Hedin
Computational agroecology: betting the microfarm on it?
D. Colliaux; J. Minchin; S. Goelzer; P. Hanappe
10:15 PDT / 19:15 CEST Reverse panel / Break Out
10:50 PDT / 19:50 CEST Paper Session 4
Strategies for Degrowth Computing
B. Sutherland
Conceptualising Resources-aware Higher Education Digital Infrastructure through Self-hosting: a Multi-disciplinary View
L. Angeli; Ã. Okur; C. Corradini; M. Stolin; Y. Huang; F. Brazier; M. Marchese
Solar Protocol: Exploring Energy-Centered Design
T. Brain; A. Nathanson; B. Piantella
11:35 PDT / 20:35 CEST Reverse panel / Break Out

June 22, 2022


7:00 PDT / 16:00 CEST Day 2 welcome
7:15 PDT / 16:15 CEST Paper Session 5
The Dark Side of Cloud and Edge Computing: An Exploratory Study
K. Toczé; M. Madon; M. Garcia; P. Lago
Remodeling Environments: Anthropological Perspectives on the Limits of Computational Models
A. Littlejohn; J. Boy; T. Minter; R. Ochigame; F. De Musso; T. van de Meerendonk; S. Luning; C. Kanters; M. Spierenburg; C. Grassenie
A Pattern Language for the LIMITS Community: We Make the Road by Walking, A Messy Ethnography
D. Schuler; M. de Valk; S. Urvashi; S. Rose
8:00 PDT / 17:00 CEST Reverse panel / Break Out
8:40 PDT / 17:40 CEST Open Discussion
10:35 PDT / 19:35 CEST Paper Session 6
On the environmental sustainability of AI art(s)
P. Jääskeläinen; A. Holzapfel; D. Pargman
Smart Enough or Too Smart? Territorial Platforms, Social Reproduction, and the Limits to Digital Circuits of Dispossession
J. Boy
Sustaining Security and Safety in ICT: A Quest for Terminology, Objectives, and Limits
J. Muehlberg
11:20 PDT / 20:20 CEST Reverse panel / Break Out
11:40 PDT / 20:40 CEST Closing, Day 2