Last week a couple of team members attended the CESC annual retreat, which this year was held at Skogshem-Wijk, on Lidingö. The CESC retreat is an intensive 24 hour meeting (from Wednesday evening to Thursday evening) with researchers and partners of the centre. Here you can read about the 2014 and 2013 retreats.
Since there is an on-going process of defining the leading projects at CESC for the last stage of the centre, this was also the focus of the retreat. In the evening the first day, the different partners presented their view on the last stage, and wishes for topics, problems and projects that could be part of this stage. The second day was full of workshops around different themes, we were all brainstorming in different constellations on what kind of work packages we could have in the future projects. This was interrupted by a engaging talk by John Robinson from University of British Columbia. He talked about regenerative sustainability, the need for art and using landscapes for conveying complex climate issues, among other things. Daniel have blogged about the event in more detail here.
For those who did not know, CESC is a VINNOVA Excellence Centre, a kind of research hub, connecting researchers, the private and public sector. It is funded by VINNOVA with possible grants until 2017. Some of the team members are in different ways connected to CESC, doing research, or member of the management team. //Elina
Today we had our first Smart Sustainable After Works, arranged by Josefin Wangel and Elina. We had 12 participant, from two different universities and several schools at KTH, so it was a heterogenous gathering. The focus of this first AW is the Resource Man and at least half the group had read following paper in before hand:
Strengers, Y. (2014). Smart energy in everyday life: are you designing for resource man? interactions 21(4): 24-31.
After a short presentation of ourselves and a short presentation of the paper the discussions started. We were discussing the role of social practice theory, if the resource man is the focus of our design today, and what happens within utility companies regarding demand shifting initiatives and smart metering.
Some argued that the paper were a bit ”lame” even though it have bold statements. However, many liked one of the last paragraphs where Strengers discuss the possibility to reimagining everyday life, instead of trying to make it just more energy efficient. After this the discussion meandered into what is normal and if what is normal is good. The focus of the consumer also narrows the solution space, since we can achieve more on a system scale rather than having different individuals acting to optimize and automate.
I really enjoyed this after work and look forward to the next one!
His opponent was John Breslin, from the National University of Ireland, Galway. John did an excellent work, with both overarching life-as-a-phd-students-questions as well as down to detail technical questions. Hannes seemed to be relaxed and prepared to answer.
Other honorable persons involved:
Main supervisor: Marko Turpeinen
Second supervisor: Ambjörn Naeve
Grading committee: Åsa Smedberg, DSV/SU, Marcelo Milrad, Linnaeus university, and Teemu Leinonen, Aalto University
The MID4S team submitted no less than 7 papers to the ICT4S conference that will be held in Stockholm in August. Of these 7 papers, no less than 6 were accepted for presentation/publication!
– That’s an acceptance rate of >85% for the team’s submissions.
– The general acceptance rate for the conference is around 50%, e.g. 100 papers were submitted and half of them were accepted. Our colleagues and collaborators at CESC probably has an equal number of additional papers accepted besides our papers…
– That also means our team will contribute with >10% of all a accepted papers/presentations at the conference.
There is one caveat though. One of the papers has 27 authors Only 3 come from the MID4S team (half of those 27 authors come from UCI), so it’s hard to claim that paper as ”ours”. It will however be me (Daniel) who will present that paper at the conference.
We are doing great and are on a roll right now! Keep up the good work!
Additional comment (May 9). Here are the six accepted papers that team members have written/contributed to:
Jorge Luis Zapico. Data blindness and the risks of implicit values in ICT for Sustainability
Malin Picha Edwardsson. Environmental aspects of media scenarios for the future ICT society – a qualitative study
Elina Eriksson and Daniel Pargman. ICT4S reaching out: making sustainability relevant in higher education
Åsa Nyblom and Elina Eriksson. Time is of essence. Changing the horizon of travel planners
Mario Romero, Hanna Hasselqvist and Gert Svensson. Supercomputers Keeping People Warm in the Winter
Birgit Penzenstadler, Bill Tomlinson, Eric Baumer, Marcel Pufal, Ankita Raturi, Debra Richardson, Baki Cakici, Ruzanna Chitchyan, Georges Da Costa, Lynn Dombrowski, Malin Picha Edwardsson, Elina Eriksson, Xavier Franch, Gillian R. Hayes, Christina Herzog, Wolfgang Lohmann, Martin Mahaux, Alistair Mavin, Melissa Mazmanian, Sahand Nayebaziz, Juliet Norton, Daniel Pargman, Donald J. Patterson, Jean-Marc Pierson, Kristin Roher, M. Six Silberman, Kevin Simonson, Andrew W. Torrance and Andre van der Hoek. ICT4S 2029: What will be the systems supporting sustainability in 15 years?
Last week a couple of team members attended the CESC annual retreat, which this year was held at Näsby slott, north of Stockholm. The CESC retreat is an intensive 24 hour meeting with researchers and partners of the centre. This retreat started off with some presentations. First was Elisabeth Ekener Petersen, giving a short presentation of her PhD thesis, and then Louise Köning presented Coop’s work on sustainable practices in food consumption. This was followed by an ICT-based quiz, ingeniously preparing us for the next day.
The second (full-day), we covered ”Success stories” and ”Internationalization” in group work, as well as views on how CESC should engage in research on Smart Sustainable Cities and the Smart Grid. We also had the pleasure to listen to two presentations by Chris Preist, from the University of Bristol.
For those who did not know, CESC is a VINNOVA Excellence Centre, a kind of research hub, connecting researchers, the private and public sector. It is funded by VINNOVA with possible grants until 2017. Some of the team members are in different ways connected to CESC, doing research, or member of the management team.
I onsdags hade teamet möjligheten att lyssna på Staffan Laestadius (professor i industriell utveckling, KTH) som presenterade sin nya bok ”Klimatet och välfärden – mot en ny svensk modell” på CESCs teammöte. Boken har ett budskap som kan vara mörkt om man tror på evig tillväxt, men trots detta har den ett hoppfullt budskap om att den strukturomvandling som måste till för att nå klimatmålen är fullt möjlig att genomföra. Boken är indelad i tre delar, en del som kortfattat sammanfattar vilka problem vi står inför, en del som berör olika perspektiv på problemet (som t ex vårt fossilberoende och hur moderniteten styr oss in på en ohållbar väg) och en tredje och sista del som beskriver hur omvandlingen skulle kunna gå till. Åtgärderna som måste göras för att nå klimatmålen är omfattande och framför allt manar boken till att det måste till politiska beslut för att omvandlingen ska komma till skott. Boken står inte för en ”technology fix”, utan Laestadius hävdar att den mesta tekniken som behövs finns redan, vi ska bara bli beredda att använda den. Dock måste vi först, framför allt, dra ner på utnyttjandet av energi, innan vi kan effektivisera och byta ut fossila bränslen till förnyelsebara. Boken bjuder också in till att läsa mer om ämnet med en rik referenslista. Jag har själv läst boken och kan tillägga att den är tillgänglig och lättläst, vill ni låna den, säg till.
Last week a couple of team members, Daniel, Hannes, Jorge, Malin, Teo and Elina attended the CESC annual retreat. CESC is a VINNOVA Excellence Centre, a kind of research hub, connecting researchers, the private and public sector. It is funded by VINNOVA with possible grants until 2017. Some of the team members are in different ways connected to CESC, doing research, soon doing research or member of the management team.
This year the retreat were held at Såstaholm, north of Stockholm. The first evening there were three different project presentations followed by a short mingel session and dinner. The second day, two of the overarching projects organized workshops as well as a somewhat unorthodox exploration of what CESC is with guests from Stockholms Improvisationsteater. The latter leading to some shortage of breath of the audience due to extended laughter.
All in all, it was a nice retreat, and a good opportunity to talk to other researchers or partners within the industry or public sector.