Team meeting March 24

Today, we had one of our regular team meetings. Björn, Henrik, Cristi, Åke, Hanna and Malin were present. We started by briefly discussing the article Utmaning: Omställningen till en hållbar utveckling, by Johan Rockström, which we thought adds an interesting perspective to the sustainability discourse. The article is mandatory reading in the sustainability course for computer science students, which Malin and Hanna are assisting.

We also discussed how to make sustainability and sustainable development interesting for computer science students and how to make a broad topic like sustainability more hands-on for people in general.

Björn and Malin also talked about the KTH Sustainability Education Day last week, and the pros and cons of integrating sustainability in all KTH courses.

Finally, Cristi updated the rest of us on the EU application that he and some others are working on. We ended the meeting by briefly discussing how to keep our digital research material safe and secure.



KTH Sustainability Education Day

On March 20, 2014, some people from the team joined the KTH Sustainability Education Day, organized by the initiative KTH Sustainability. Elina had been asked to hold a short presentation about her and Daniel’s course on sustainability in the Media technology program. Other speakers were Professor Göran Finnveden, vice president for sustainable development at KTH, and a number of teachers from KTH, working with sustainability in their respective courses.

One of the key note speakers was Professor Jordi Segalas from UPC Barcelona Tech, who talked about his university’s 20-year-long work for introducing sustainability in their engineering education. Today, UPC Barcelona Tech has extensive collaborations with KTH when it comes to both research and education. UPC Barcelona Tech has come a long way with their sustainability work, but interestingly enough Professor Segalas said that no other university in Spain is interested in sustainability issues.

The participants at the KTH Sustainability Education Day were most importantly teachers from all KTH campuses. In between the presentations, the participants were organized in roundtable discussions about different topics related to sustainability in education. One of the topics was if it is better to integrate sustainability aspects in all courses given at KTH, or to offer a few, mandatory courses with special focus on sustainability.

In connection to the presentations and discussions, there was also a poster session with good examples from sustainability in education at KTH.



Goodbye stand-by.

Goodbye stand-by.

Today I was to connect my Raspberry Pi to a old but still functioning screen – I actually got it from a colleague who said it was broken; or at least flickering. Well I just needed to try out the different sockets before throwing it away.

Connecting the Raspberry Pi was easy. I had a adapter from DVI to HDMI. No worries. I also needed a new cable. No worries. All connected together I just waited for the digital raspberry to appear.

The screen was black.

I checked the connections once again. Rebooted the Raspberry Pi. Black. Checked the screen. Turned it on an off by the switch. Black.

Maybe it is actually broken?

Rechecking everything again. Everything seems working – except for the screen which is black.

After a while I just by chance or by some mysterious experience I just push the lower-right edge of the screen. And of course the standby! Worked like a charm. No flickering.

The stand-by almost tricked me.

So why is there a “real switch” which actually turns off the screen, but do not really turn ON the screen? Why is it that the devious screen put itself to standby when I actually put it on.

I would like to say goodbye to stand-by.

/Henrik A

Team meeting, March 10, 2014

Today, we had a lunch meeting with our MID4S team. Myself (Malin), Åke, Hanna and Cristi were present. We discussed the article Squaring the circle? Some thoughts on the idea of sustainable development, by John Robinson (2004).

I think the general conclusion from discussing this article is that sustainability and sustainable development are two complicated and sensitive issues. It is easy to step on someone’s toes when using these terms in scientific articles et cetera. For the purpose of developing our research group MID4S, we concluded that it is important that we continue this discussion of what our approach is to sustainability. Many of us think that Robinson has a good point with his view on sustainability and sustainable development. However, we might need to discuss more research articles on this topic and involve more people in MID4S in this discussion, and then possibly position ourselves in this area.

Other articles to be read in our team were suggested. These were Johan Rockström, 2013 (Omställningen till en hållbar utveckling) and Brett H. Robinson, 2009 (E-waste: An assessment of global production and environmental impacts). More suggestions are needed! See you at the next team meeting, March 24.