Ninth Workshop on Computing within Limits
June 14-15 2023 (Online)
Photo by Hermes Rivera on Unsplash

About LIMITS 2023

The LIMITS workshop concerns the role of computing in human societies situated in a world of 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 2023 solicits submissions that move us closer towards computing that support diverse human and non-human lifeforms and 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".


In 2023, 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. Reach out to Jan Tobias Mühlberg ( if interested.


Please register at this link if you plan on attending LIMITS ‘23, June 14-15 (virtual). Attendance is free. Registration is required for all attendees in order for us to send you the connection link and any schedule updates.

Call For Papers

We welcome scholarship by researchers, engineers, designers, and artists who are investigating and/or (re)designing computing systems that engage with pressing ecological and social issues. We also invite works that build on previous LIMITS work, such as provocations from earlier LIMITS gatherings (e.g., Unplanned Obsolescence, LIMITS 2017), that broadens the understanding of LIMITS (e.g., Age of Consequences, LIMITS 2015), that explores our own limits (e.g., Computing within Psychological Limits, LIMITS 2015), that explores strategies for working in a LIMITed world (e.g., Limits-aware computing, LIMITS 2015), or that design and/or build transitional systems (e.g., Solar-powered website, LIMITS 2021). 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.

We also encourage authors to consider the stories they tell and reify through their work. As Costanza-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?" (Costanza-Chock 2020 p. 134)

Key Dates

Abstract registration deadline: March 17, 2023, 11:59pm AOE
Paper submission deadline: March 31, 2023, 11:59pm AOE
Paper reviews available: April 28, 2023
Camera ready deadline: May 26, 2023
LIMITS Workshop: June 14-15, 2023


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.

Workshop Schedule

Program with DOIs available from PubPub

June 14, 2023


7:00 PDT / 16:00 CEST LIMITS welcome
7:30 PDT / 16:30 CEST Paper Session 1
Unpacking Intermittency: Living with Infrastructures in Southeast Louisiana
J. Liu
Evaluating the (ir)relevance of IoT solutions with respect to environmental limits based on LCA and backcasting studies
T. Pirson, L. Golard, D. Bol
8:00 PDT / 17:00 CEST Reverse panel / Break Out
8:20 PDT / 17:20 CEST Break (20 Min)
8:40 PDT / 17:40 CEST Paper Session 2
Advancing Non-Linear Design Thinking
S. Blevis, M. Heidaripour, S. Bardzell, E. Blevis
Permacomputing Aesthetics: Potential and Limits of Design Constraints in Computational Culture
A. Mansoux, B. Howell, D. Barok, V. Heikkilä
How do we arrive at constraints?: Articulating limits for computing
M. Stojanov, D. Pargman, M. Hazas, R. Comber, J. Zapico
9:25 PDT / 18:25 CEST Reverse panel / Break Out
9:45 PDT / 18:45 CEST Paper Session 3
The Computational Limits of Deep Learning
N. Thompson, K. Greenewald, K. Lee, G. Manso
Imagining LIMITS: Can Chat-GPT radically re-imagine a new world?
S. Cooney
10:15 PDT / 19:15 CEST Reverse panel / Break Out
10:35 PDT / 19:35 CEST Break (15 Min)
10:50 PDT / 19:50 CEST Paper Session 4
Pathways to urban sustainability: Design perspectives on a data curation and visualization platform
E. Bhardwaj, H. Qiao, C. Becker
Back to the trees: Identifying plants with Human Intelligence
S. Castellan, J. Käfer, E. Tannier
Mediating Environmental Consciousness and Knowledge with a Serious Game: Determining Boundaries Experimentally
M. Bauer, M. Weiss
11:35 PDT / 20:35 CEST Reverse panel / Break Out
11:55 PDT / 20:55 CEST Break (5 Min)
12:00 PDT / 21:00 CEST Paper Session 5
Exploring inner transition: Expanding computing for sustainability
D. Pargman, E. Eriksson
Information systems practice for the age of consequences
M. Silberman
12:30 PDT / 21:30 CEST Reverse panel / Break Out
13:00 PDT / 22:00 CEST End of Day 1

June 15, 2023


7:00 PDT / 16:00 CEST Day 2 welcome
7:15 PDT / 16:15 CEST Paper Session 6
“Critical questions are missing”: Perspectives of environmental justice activists of Bangladesh on justice and technology
H. Prottoy, L. Stamato, F. Hamidi
The Climate Crisis is a Digital Rights Crisis: Exploring the Civil-Society Framing of an Intersecting Disasters
F. Jansen, M. GÜLMEZ, B. Kazansky, H. Kingaby, C. Fernandez, J. Mühlberg
Towards the Development of an Anti-Colonial Critique of Climate and Disaster Risk Models
S. Paudel, S. Loos, R. Soden
8:00 PDT / 17:00 CEST Reverse panel / Break Out
8:20 PDT / 17:20 CEST Break (20 Min)
8:40 PDT / 17:40 CEST Open Discussion
10:20 PDT / 19:20 CEST Break (15 Min)
10:35 PDT / 19:35 CEST Paper Session 7
Fit for purpose: four considerations of how matter becomes material
R. Bessai, R. Bendor, R. Balkenende
A User-Centered Lens into Digital Excess: Exploring the Superfluity and Environmental Burden of the Digital World
T. Olsson, O. Pyyhtinen, S. Laaksonen, M. Vigren, J. Ylipulli, A. Rantasila, N. Sawhney
Celebration of Finitudeas a Post-Industrial Aesthetics of Interaction
Y. Fernaeus,A. Lindegren
11:20 PDT / 20:20 CEST Reverse panel / Break Out
11:40 PDT / 20:40 CEST Break (5 Min)
11:45 PDT / 20:45 CEST Paper Session 8
Computing as Ecocide
R. Comber, E. Eriksson
Welcome to the Cybercene
D. Schuler
12:15 PDT / 21:15 CEST Reverse panel / Break Out
12:35 PDT / 21:35 CEST Closing of LIMITS
13:00 PDT / 22:00 CEST End of Day 2


Program Committee

Christoph Becker, University of Toronto,
Roy Bendor, Delft University of Technology,
Eli Blevis, Indiana University,
Alan Borning, University of Washington,
Miriam Börjesson Rivera, Uppsala University,
Jay Chen, ICSI,
Teresa Cerratto Pargman, Stockholm University,
Elina Eriksson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, (co-chair)
Shaddi Hasan, Virginia Tech,
Kurtis Heimerl, University of Washington, (co-chair)
Jan Tobias Mühlberg, Université libre de Bruxelles,
Lisa Nathan, University of British Columbia, (steering committee)
Vineet Pandey, MIT,
Daniel Pargman, KTH Royal Institute of Technology,
Birgit Penzenstadler, University of Gothenburg, Chalmers,
Barath Raghavan, USC, (steering committee)
June Salou, Delft University of Technology,