Role of Information Sciences and Engineering in Sustainability

Role of Information Sciences and Engineering in Sustainability (RISES) Workshop, was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Computing Community Consortium. It was held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on February 3 and 4, 2011. 

Goals of the workshop:

  • Explore and define fundamental research challenges and applications of the information sciences and engineering in sustainability, including energy and transportation;
  • Provide opportunities for relevant academic and industrial researchers (e.g., computer and information scientists, systems engineers, social and behavioral scientists), practitioners (e.g., power systems engineers, electricity suppliers), and government officials to identify mutual interests, as they relate to both near- and long- term challenges and solutions; and
  • Identify a range of approaches for driving fundamental research, accelerating the translation of research outcomes into products and services affecting the "smart grid" and the broader sustainability enterprise, and incentives for widespread adoption/use of these products/services.

It is important to note that this workshop did not focus on:

  • Technologies where current research and/or development are well under way, e.g., power management in data centers.
  • Routine applications of IT to further sustainability.
  • Extensions of current IT practice that are broadly applicable, e.g., improving simulation techniques used in computer-aided design or machine learning to detect trends in economics or behavior.
  • Routine support for eScience (but scientific studies of sustainability may present some unique problems of interest).

In summary, the aim of the workshop was to identify new research opportunities in the information sciences and engineering that address sustainability objectives. Many of these are interdisciplinary, requiring collaboration with researchers in the many areas of science and technology that contribute to a sustainable world.

Structure

The workshop held four half-day sessions. Each of the first three sessions had two plenary talks followed by small-group breakout discussions to define particular research challenges, the needs of stakeholders in energy and sustainability, etc. Each of these sessions culminated with short reports from the breakout groups. The workshop concluded with a session in which the participants will synthesize the research opportunities defined in the earlier sessions and frame a call-to-action for the future.

Participants

The participants were selected to represent a wide variety of interests and expertise—i.e., to truly cover the sustainability landscape. It is anticipated that, in addition to interacting at the workshop with fellow participants coming from other disciplines and backgrounds, the participants should take the results of the workshop back to their communities to foster increased interest in innovative uses of computing and information science and engineering for sustainability.

 

AGENDA

Thursday, February 3, 2011:

Registration + Continental Breakfast

7:00am - 8:15am

Registration and continental breakfast will be in the Hall of Battles (ballroom level).

Opening remarks/welcome by organizers

8:15am - 8:45am

Regency C (ballroom level)

Bob Sproull, Co-chair, Organizing Committee [slides]
Peter Arzberger, Acting Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, NSF

Session I

8:45am - 12:30pm

Regency C (ballroom level)

  8:45am -   9:20am Tim Killeen: "Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Portfolio" [slides]
  9:20am -   9:55am Bill Rouse: "Enabling and Motivating Consumers to Manage Their Energy Consumption" [slides]
  9:55am - 10:30am Michael Meyer: "Transportation Systems and Information Technology: Pushing the Boundaries for Sustainable Outcomes" [slides]
10:30am - 10:35am Charge to breakout groups
10:35am - 10:45am Break/assemble in various rooms
10:45am - 11:45am Breakout discussions (various rooms)
11:45am - 11:55am Break/reassemble in general session room
11:55am - 12:30pm Reports from breakout groups [ 1 - cyber-physical systems | 2 - modeling & simulation | 3 - computer & networked systems | 4 - systems engineering | 7 - human-centered computing | 8 - experimental research ]

Lunch

12:20pm - 1:30pm

Served in the Hall of Battles (ballroom level).

Session II

1:30pm - 5:15pm

Regency C (ballroom level)

  1:30pm -   2:15pm Government panel, moderated by Randy Bryant
George Arnold, NIST
Henry Kelly, DoE [slides]
Eric Toone, ARPA-E [slides]
  2:15pm -   3:15pm Industry panel, moderated by Dave Waltz [slides]
Eric Horvitz, Microsoft Research [slides]
Artie Kressner, Con Edison [slides]
Steven Phillips, AT&T Labs-Research [slides]
Eve Schooler, Intel Labs [slides]
  3:15pm -   3:20pm Charge to breakout groups
  3:20pm -   3:30pm Break/assemble in various rooms
  3:30pm -   4:30pm Breakout discussions (various rooms)
  4:30pm -   4:40pm Break/reassemble in general session room
  4:40pm -   5:15pm Reports from breakout groups [ A - transportation & logistics | D - buildings & homes | F - computing & education ]

Break

5:15pm - 6:00pm

 

Reception

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Thornton (11th floor)

 

Friday, February 4, 2010

Registration and Continental Breakfast

07:15am - 8:30am

Registration and continental breakfast will be in the Hall of Battles (ballroom level).

Session III

8:30am - 12:20pm

Regency C (ballroom level)

  8:30am -   9:05am Carla Gomes: "Computational Sustainability" [slides]
  9:05am -   9:40am Bill Tomlinson: "IT and (Un)sustainable Cultures" [slides]
  9:40am -   9:45am Charge to breakout groups
  9:45am -   9:55am Break/assemble in various rooms
  9:55am - 11:10am Breakout discussions (various rooms)
11:10am - 11:20am Break/reassemble in general session room
11:20am - 12:00pm Reports from breakout groups [ I - systems integration | II - transparency of models ]

Lunch

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Served in the Hall of Battles (ballroom level).

Session IV

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Regency C (ballroom level)

  1:30pm -   3:00pm Open discussion & synthesis

 

 
PLENARY SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS

George Arnold National Institute of Standards and Technology

Carla Gomes Cornell University

Eric Horvitz Microsoft Research

Henry Kelly Department of Energy

Tim Killeen National Science Foundation

Artie Kressne Grid Connections, LLC; Con Edison (retired)

Michael Meyer Georgia Institute of Technology

Bill Rouse Georgia Institute of Technology

Steven Phillips AT&T Labs-Research

Bill Tomlinson University of California at Irvine

Eve Schooler Intel Labs

Eric Toone Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

 
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Bob Sproull Oracle, Co-Chair

Randy Bryant Carnegie Mellon University, Co-Chair

Doug Fisher Vanderbilt University

Carla Gomes Cornell University

Bill Rouse Georgia Institute of Technology

Prashant Shenoy University of Massachusetts at Amherst

David Waltz Columbia University

 
PARTICIPANTS

Abdelzaher, Tarek University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Agarwal, Yuvraj University of California-San Diego This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Allen, James University of Rochester This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arnold, George National Institutes of Standards and Technology This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Basu, Sankar National Science Foundation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bernat, Andrew Computing Research Association This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Blevis, Eli Indiana University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Brown, Richard Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bryant, Randy Carnegie Mellon University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cameron, Kirk Virginia Polytechnic Institute This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Campbell, Roy University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carbonell, Jaime Carnegie Mellon University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cozzens, John National Science Foundation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Das, Sajal National Science Foundation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Deymier, Pierre University of Arizona This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Estrin, Deborah University of California-Los Angeles This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fiez, Terri Oregon State University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fisher, Doug Vanderbilt University douglas.h.fisher@vanderbilt.edu
Flynn, Michael University of Michigan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Franchetti, Franz Carnegie Mellon University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gerla, Mario University of California-Los Angeles This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gianchandani, Erwin Computing Community Consortium This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gomes, Carla Cornell University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gorman, Michael National Science Foundation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Graham, Susan University of California-Berkeley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gupta, Rajesh University of California-San Diego This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hambrusch, Susanne National Science Foundation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hill, David Rutgers University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Horvitz, Eric Microsoft Research This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Iftode, Liviu Rutgers University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ilić, Marija Carnegie Mellon University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Inouye, David National Science Foundation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kamboj, Sachin University of Delaware This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kant, Krishna National Science Foundation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kelly, Henry Department of Energy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Killeen, Tim National Science Foundation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kolter, Zico Massachusetts Institute of Technology This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kressner, Artie Con Edison artie.kressner@gridconnections.biz
Kumar, Vipin University of Minnesota This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lazowska, Ed University of Washington This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Long, Susanna Missouri University of Science & Technology This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Louri, Ahmed National Science Foundation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Martinez, Neo PEaCE Lab This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Marzouk, Youssef Massachusetts Institute of Technology This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Marzullo, Keith National Science Foundation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Melhem, Rami University of Pittsburgh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Meyer, Michael Georgia Institute of Technology This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Meyerson, Adam University of California-Los Angeles This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Murphy, Robin Texas A&M University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Patel, Shwetak University of Washington This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pauwels, Eric Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phillips, Steven AT&T Labs, Inc. - Research This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Prasad, Sushil Georgia State University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pruhs, Kirk University of Pittsburgh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rouse, Bill Georgia Institute of Technology This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Schooler, Eve Intel Corporation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Schrader, Glenn University of Arizona This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Shenoy, Prashant University of Massachusetts-Amherst This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Shmoys, David Cornell University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sivasubramaniam, Anand Pennsylvania State University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Slaughter, Sarah Massachusetts Institute of Technology This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sproull, Bob Oracle This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Srivastava, Mani University of California-Los Angeles This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Talati, Virginia Bacon NAS/CSTB This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tomlinson, Bill University of California-Irvine This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Waltz, David Columbia University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Williams, Brian Massachusetts Institute of Technology This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wing, Jeannette Carnegie Mellon University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Work, Daniel University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Yazdi, Navid Evigia Systems, Inc. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Zadok, Erez Stonybrook University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Znati, Ty University of Pittsburgh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
RESOURCES

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES)
Home page for the NSF-wide investment

NSF Dear Colleague Letter for SEES
Issued Jan. 4, 2011

RISES Final Report
Goes into detail about research directions at the intersection of sustainability and IT.