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Project Title:

Computing Research for Environmental and Societal Sustainability
PIN: DEPS-CSTB-09-02        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Computer Science & Telecommuncations Board DEPS

RSO: Millett, Lynette

Subject/Focus Area: Computers and Information Technology; Energy and Energy Conservation; Environment and Environmental Studies

Project Scope
Computing has many potential “green” applications including improving energy conservation, enhancing energy management, reducing carbon emissions in many sectors, improving environmental protection (including mitigation and adaptation to climate change), and increasing awareness of environmental challenges and responses.  An ad hoc committee would plan and conduct a public workshop to survey sustainability challenges, current research initiatives, results from previously-held topical workshops, and related industry and government development efforts in these areas.  The workshop would feature invited presentations and discussions that explore research themes and specific research opportunities that could advance sustainability objectives and also result in advances in computer science and consider research modalities, with a focus on applicable computational techniques and long-term research that might be supported by the National Science Foundation, and with an emphasis on problem- or user-driven research.  A report of the workshop will be issued. 

In phase 2, the committee would obtain additional inputs through briefings to the committee and solicitations of comments and whitepapers from the research community.  It would use additional deliberative meetings of the committee to develop a consensus report identifying promising research opportunities, cataloging applicable computational techniques, laying out an overall framework for “green” computing research, and recommending long-term research objectives and directions.  A final consensus report with findings and recommendations will be issued.

The Project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation

The approximate start date for the project is September 1, 2009.

Project Duration: 18 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 04/23/2010
 Meeting 2 - 05/26/2010
 Meeting 3 - 06/21/2010
 Meeting 4 - 07/15/2010
 Meeting 5 - 08/13/2010
 Meeting 6 - 10/04/2010


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Computing Research for Sustainability