Workshop on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability (WICS)

(Held in Conjunction with IEEE SECON 2011)


Sponsored by IEEE and NSF (pending final approval)


June 27, 2011, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA




One of the grand challenges of the twenty-first century is to foster a transition toward global sustainability, including water, air, land, food, and energy. Information and communication technology (ICT) has the great potential in facilitating the society’s efforts to foster the transition. The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners who have a broad vision and active interest in blazing the path forward on how computer science and engineering (CSE) research community can contribute in a significant way towards tackling challenging sustainability problems of our time.


The workshop is sponsored by the NSF. The workshop agenda will include invited presentations and breakout sessions involving the leading researchers and practitioners. The workshop will be a venue for forming collaborative teams for promoting further research on this important topic. The attendance of the workshop is through open registration, to bring further awareness and encourage deeper participation in the community.


Workshop Report is available [here].




Monday, June 27, 2011


7:30am-8:30am Registration and breakfast


8:30am-9:00am Introduction by workshop chairs and NSF officials [slides]


9:00am – 10:40am Session I

      Algorithmic Decision Theory and Sustainability, Fred Roberts, Rutgers University, [slides]

Smart Distribution Grid: Communications Perspective, Mani Venkata, Univ. of Washington, [slides ] [panel slides ]

21st Century Energy Market Requirements for Information and Communications Technologies, Gerold Braun, UC Davis, [slides]

Sensor Networks in Sustainability, Jim Kurose, Univ. of Massachusetts, [slides]


10:40am -11:00am Coffee break


11:00am- 12:30pm Breakout session


12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch


1:30pm - 3:10pm Session II

Addressing the Energy-Water Nexus in Sustainable Buildings and Communities, Mani Srivastava, UCLA, [slides]

Computational Sustainability, Carla Gomes, Cornell, [slides]

Sensing and Sensibility of Energy Use in Modern Buildings, Rajesh Gupta, UCSD, [slides]

IT For Sustainability: Challenges in Designing Smarter and Greener Systems, Prashant Shenoy, Univ. of Massachusetts, [slides]


3:10pm - 3:20pm Coffee break


3:20pm - 4:35pm Session III

Sustainable Networks for Green Clouds,  Sujata Banerjee, HP labs, [slides]

Pervasive Computing for Sustainability, Mohan Kumar, University of Texas, Arlington, [slides]

Spatial Computing and Sustainability, Shashi Shekhar, Univ. of Minnesota, [slides]


4:35pm - 5:30pm    Breakout and coffee


5:30pm – 6:00pm  Report and next step


6:00pm – 8:00pm  Dinner




Tuesday June 28th 2011


Panel (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)


Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability

Moderator: Krishna Kant, National Science Foundation


The panel will be a report-out and discussions following through the Workshop of Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability (WICS). The panelist will discuss a broader range if sustainability impacts related to energy, water, food, environment, and bio-diversity.




Workshop Organizing Committee:


            Prasant Mohapatra, University of California, Davis

Xin Liu, University of California, Davis


           Krishna Kant, NSF and Intel


The workshop website is .