ICT for Sustainability - The Challenge of Making It Real

Jennifer Mankoff 

Friday, February 15








Defining an Agenda for Computational Sustainability

I will discuss approaches to energy feedback and some of the empirical work we have done as part of the Stepgreen.org project to guide the design of feedback displays. Our work, began in 2006 with social feedback, sensing and self reporting around green actions. I explore the question of what sort of impact work of this sort should have and demonstrate through a discussion recent work with landlords and tenants in low income communities, residents of bangalore, India, and automated techniques how a broader perspective may influence where and how we choose to apply IT. I conclude by suggesting that we develop a new set of metrics for judging IT for sustainability, and a new set of perspectives on what role IT may need to play going forward.




Dr. Jennifer Mankoff is an Associate Professor in the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her B.A. at Oberlin College and her Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research embodies a human-centered perspective on data-driven applications. Her goal is to combine empirical methods with technological innovation to construct middleware (tools and processes) that can enable the creation of impactful data-driven applications. Example application areas include sensing and influencing energy saving behavior, web interfaces for individuals with chronic illness, and assistive technologies for people with disabilities. She helped found the sustainable-chi group ( sustainable-chiatgooglegroupsdotcom ). Her research has been supported by Google Inc., the Intel Corporation, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft Corporation, and the National Science Foundation. She was awarded the Sloan Fellowship and the IBM Faculty Fellowship.




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