LIMITS 2016

Second Workshop on Computing within Limits
June 9-10, Irvine, CA, USA

About LIMITS 2016

LIMITS aims to foster discussion on the impact of present or future ecological, material, energetic, and/or societal limits on computing. These topics are seldom discussed in contemporary computing research. The medium-term aim of the workshop is to foster concrete research, potentially of an interdisciplinary nature, that innovates on technologies, techniques, and contexts for computing within fundamental limits. A longer-term goal is to build a community around relevant topics and research. A goal of this community is to impact society through the design and development of computing systems in the abundant present for use in a future of limits and/or scarcity.

Organizers

Daniel Pargman, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, pargman@kth.se (co-chair)
Barath Raghavan, ICSI, barath@icsi.berkeley.edu (co-chair)
Jay Chen, NYU, jay.chen@nyu.edu
Elina Eriksson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, elina@kth.se
Bonnie Nardi, UC Irvine, nardi@ics.uci.edu
Teresa Cerratto Pargman, Stockholm University, tessy@dsv.su.se
Don Patterson, Westmont College, d_j_p_3@djp3.net
Debra Richardson, UC Irvine, djr@ics.uci.edu
Bill Tomlinson, UC Irvine, wmt@uci.edu

Camera Ready Information

Accepted papers will appear in the ACM Digital Library. As a result, the usual camera ready procedures common to other workshops and conferences published by ACM are necessary for LIMITS 2016 authors. All camera ready submissions should be submitted via the review system. Papers should use the new ACM templates available here. More information can be found here.



Call For Papers

LIMITS aims to foster research on the impact of present or future ecological, material, energetic, and/or societal limits on computing and computing research to respond to such limits. The medium-term aim of the workshop is to foster concrete research, potentially of an interdisciplinary nature, that innovates on technologies, techniques, and contexts for computing within fundamental limits. A longer-term goal is to build a community around relevant topics and research. A goal of this community is to impact society through the design and development of computing systems in the abundant present for use in a future of limits and/or scarcity.

We envision two broad categories of papers: "discussion papers" and "systems papers" (see below). Submissions do not need to strictly fit into either category. All papers should succinctly frame the limits that are of interest to the author(s).

Discussion papers explore the nature of limits and computing. Good discussion contributions will detail the nature of the limits of interest, describe their impact on computing, and present directions for future research. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Sustainability and computing
  • Re-evaluation of conventional computing premises (e.g. Moore's law)
  • Discussion of new limits and their implications for computing
  • Analysis of unnecessary computing
  • Analysis of greenwashing in computing
  • Ecological economics and/or biophysical economics and computing
  • Implications of limits for computing systems for health, education, agriculture, transportation, entertainment, commerce, etc.

Systems papers describe the design, implementation, and evaluation of computing systems that work within or help cope with limits. Also of interest are evaluations of systems that fail due to limits. Good systems contributions will address problems that meet present or future societal needs, describe clear limits and operational boundaries, and provide a detailed evaluation of the system in question. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Material- and manufacturing-constrained computing devices
  • Energy- and material-efficient computing and communication
  • Wide-area communication under constraints
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Interaction Design under constraints
  • Evaluation of limits to modern computing systems
  • Life-cycle analysis of computing systems under limits
  • Computer architecture for constrained computing
  • Systems for health, education, agriculture, transportation, entertainment, commerce, etc. under limits

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline (extended): March 18, 2016
Paper reviews available: April 5, 2016
Camera-ready paper deadline: April 30, 2016

Submissions

Submit papers at this site. (If you have any issues with the submission site, please email barath@icsi.berkeley.edu.)

Submissions are due March 18, 2016 at 11:59pm PDT.

Papers should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Papers should be in ACM double-column format, using the most recent template (updated in 2015)
  • The main body text should use 9pt Times or Times New Roman font.
  • The body of the paper should be a minimum of 4 pages and a maximum of 8 pages, with an unlimited number of pages allowed for references.

Reviewing will be non-blind; authors should include their names and contact information.

Program and Papers

Papers can be cited as: "In Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Computing within Limits (LIMITS '16), Irvine, CA, USA, 2016. ACM" or, alternatively, "LIMITS '16: In Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Computing within Limits, Irvine, CA, USA, 2016. ACM". See the ACM Digital Library LIMITS '16 Table of Contents for an official list of papers and citation information.

Thursday, June 9

Time Activity
9:00 Welcome
9:15 Invited Talk
Humility, Discomfort & Awe: Developing our capacity for longer-term thinking
Lisa Nathan (UBC)
10:15 Break
10:30 Paper Session 1
A Strategy For Limits-Aware Computing
Jay Chen (NYU)
Refactoring Society: Systems Complexity in an Age of Limits
Barath Raghavan (ICSI) and Daniel Pargman (KTH)
11:10 Break
11:30 Breakout session 1: How did you arrive at LIMITS?
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Invited Talk
Quantifying the Energy Challenge: A physics perspective
Tom Murphy (UCSD)
2:30 Paper Session 2
A Circular Commons for Digital Devices
David Franquesa, Leandro Navarro, and Xavier Bustamante (Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya)
3D Printing: A Future Collapse-Compliant Means of Production
Samantha McDonald (UMBC)
3:10 Break
3:40 Paper Session 3
Whose Future Is It Anyway? Limits within Policy Modeling
Somya Joshi, Teresa Cerratto-Pargman, Andreas Gazis (Stockholm University), and Daniel Pargman (KTH)
Computing beyond Gender-Imposed Limits
Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (Cornell), Nova Ahmed (North South University), Faheem Hussain (SUNY Korea), and Neha Kumar (Georgia Tech)
4:20 Invited Discussion: Tapan Parikh (UC Berkeley / Cornell Tech)
4:40 Breakout session 2: Brainstorming: what projects/studies would you like to do or have someone else do?
5:10 Dinner

Friday, June 10

Time Activity
9:00 Invited Talk
Alternative Agricultural Systems for Sustainable Food Production
Sarah Lovell (UIUC)
10:00 Break
10:30 Paper Session 4
A Report from an Online Course on Global Disruption and Information Technology
Bill Tomlinson (UC Irvine), Donald Patterson (Westmont), and Bonnie Nardi (UC Irvine)
Empowering Limitations
Douglas Schuler (Evergreen State College)
Taming Limits with Approximate Networking
Junaid Qadir (ITU-Punjab), Arjuna Sathiaseelan, Liang Wang, and Jon Crowcroft (University of Cambridge)
11:30 Lunch
1:00 Paper Session 5
The Limits of Our Imagination: Design Fiction as a Strategy for Engaging with Dystopian Futures
Joshua Tanenbaum, Marcel Pufal, and Karen Tanenbaum (UC Irvine)
Macroscopically Sustainable Networking: On Internet Quines
Barath Raghavan (ICSI) and Shaddi Hasan (UC Berkeley)
2:00 Breakout session 3: Collaborations: grants, papers, projects.
2:30 Paper Session 6
Limits to the Sharing Economy
Daniel Pargman, Elina Eriksson (KTH), and Adrian Friday (Lancaster University)
Navigating Connectivity in Reduced Infrastructure Environments
Paul Schmitt and Elizabeth Belding (UC Santa Barbara)
3:10 Break
3:30 Paper Session 7
Are there limits to growth in data traffic?: On time use, data generation and speed
Mike Hazas, Janine Morley, Oliver Bates, and Adrian Friday (Lancaster University)
Situating Shelter Design and Provision in ICT Discourse for Scarce-resource Contexts
Samar Sabie (University of Toronto), Maha Salman (Yorkville University), and Steve Easterbrook (University of Toronto)
4:10 Breakout session 4: Dear Colleague Letters.
5:00 Dinner

Travel and Local Information

The workshop will be held at the University of California, Irvine campus. Additional travel/location details will appear here.

We plan to set up full videoconferencing / simulcast of the workshop so that those who cannot travel to the workshop can participate.

Please contact Bonnie Nardi to discuss travel arrangements at nardi@uci.edu.