It’s time for some bragging.

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?

Paper: HCI in a world of limitations


Daniel, Åke and Elina have written a text (”position paper”) to a CHI 2013 conference workshop on ”Post-Sustainability”.

We will present it 10 days from now in Paris!

I (Daniel) wrote a slightly longer blog post about the workshop and the paper on my blog some time ago.


”HCI in a world of limitations: Adressing the social resilience of computing

Most computer scientist and practitioners assume that we live in a world of possibilities and that inexorable forces of technological development will help bring us a future of increased wellbeing and of growing economic prosperity. An increasing number of scientists however point at the triple crisis (ecology, economy, energy) and imagine radically different futures based not on expansion and possibilities, but on limitations and/or decline. We propose that a broad program should be formulated that takes biophysical and economic limitations as its starting point and outline some areas that paramount for HCI to come to grips with.”


130312 Team meeting

Today’s meeting was to a high extent an information meeting:

– Malin told us about her impressions after having visited University of Illinois
– We have a tree! We should hang our accepted/published papers that are related to the sustainability team in the tree! We should paint it green too! There is a paper in the tree already (the CHI paper below).
– A short discussion about how we will invite team guests (to our team meeting, to the ”higher” seminars)? The questions was raised because we have a person who wants to visit it (more about that at a later point).
– We need to write a short text about our team for the web!
– We (Jorge, Daniel, Hannes, Elina) are writing a position paper to a workshop (”End-User Development for Supporting Sustainability in Maker Communities”) at the Fourth International Symposium on End-User Development.
– There is an upcoming conference about ”The Third IFIP Conference on Sustainable Internet and ICT for Sustainability” (deadline for papers is April 15) – will anyone write something and/or go there?
– There is an upcoming (Swedish national conference) on developing the engineering educations (cfp (pdf)). Deadline for abstracts is May 31. Daniel and Elina might write something

During the final 15 minutes we discussed Daniel, Åke and Elina’s CHI Post-Sustainability workshop position paper, ”HCI in a world of limiations: Adressing the social resilience of computing”.

Our next meeting will be held in 1625 on Tue March 26. The planned topic for the meeting is (2nd attempt) the team blog. We’ll see if WordPress is more cooperative than last time…

130226 Team meeting

We had our team meeting today (Daniel, Elina, Hannes, Anders, Ambjörn, Teo, Åke) and the topic was supposed to be this blog – but WordPress didn’t cooperate and so we had to postpone that particular topic to a later meeting 😦

Instead we talked about the ICT4S conference as well as several other things. 

For our next meeting (Tuesday March 12 at 12-13 in seminar room 1625), we will discuss  Daniel, Åke and Elina’s CHI ”Post-Sustainability” Worskshop position paper ”HCI in a world of limitations: Adressing the social resilience of computing”. 

I will also disseminate two more position papers that have been accepted to the same conference; One is written by our KTH/CESC colleagues Sara Ilstedt, Josefin Wangel, Mattias Höjer and Olof Bendt (”Prototyping futures”) and another is written by SU/DSV employees Chiara Rossitto and Teresa Cerratto-Pargman (”Sustainability in education: Challenges and open issues”. (Yes, Tessy is my wife.)

Everyone is welcome to read all three position papers but (only) the first paper will be ”required reading” for the team meeting. As an aside, our position paper was conceived at the team kick-off before Christmas so it is one of the first concrete ”spin-offs” from our group…


CHI Post-sustainability workshop

Three members of our team, Daniel, Åke and Elina, have written a position paper to a workshop on ”Post-sustainability” at the upcoming (April/May) huge CHI conference in Paris.

We just found out our paper was accepted and we all look forward to presenting it and participating in the workshop!

Our position paper is called ”HCI in a world of limitations: Addressing the social resilience of computing”.

Our colleagues in the KTH environmental strategies group also got their position paper to the same workshop accepted.