Sustainability research

How can technology help us to create a sustainable society?
How can you participate?

Sustainability is something that many people worry about. Do we waste too much? Can we carry on living as we do? Are we going to run out of resources?

At Sony CSL, the way that we address this urgent topic is through a combination of social involvement and novel technology. We invite people to actively participate in environmentally oriented projects. This creates new opportunities for people to learn about topics related to sustainability, including food production, climate change, and urban pollution. It also gives them the possibility to become active contributors instead of passive side-liners. Their involvement allows them to learn about sustainability issues and may help them to adapt their behaviour and life styles.

As computer scientists, we rely on technology in our projects. For example, we use computers to run scientific models, or we use wireless sensor networks to measure pollution. The information and communication technologies that we are using, however, are not free from sustainability concerns. Computers consume energy and contain hasardous and rare materials. It is therefore important to find ways to make these technologies available at a low environmental impact. We can do this by using the excess capacities of the devices we have around us and that are currently wasted, or by making technology less polluting.

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Projects

P2P Food Lab

Biodegradable electronics

Noisetube

Low-energy volunteer computing

The Millennium project

PI-networks

Publications

Colliaux, D., Macé, A. and Hanappe, P. LettuceThink: An open and versatile robotic platform for weeding and crop monitoring on microfarms. Montpellier, France, July 2017 European conference dedicated to the future use of ICT in the agri-food sector, bioresource and biomass sector (EFITA) - Best poster award
2017
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Hanappe P., Dunlop R., Maes A., Steels L. and Duval N. Agroecology: A Fertile Field for Human Computation. Human Computation Journal, 2016
2016
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Funabashi, M., Hanappe, P., Isozaki, T., Maes A., Sasaki, T., Steels, L. and Yoshida, K. Foundation of CS-DC e-laboratory: Open Systems Exploration for Ecosystems Leveraging. Proceedings of Complex Systems Digital Campus '15 (CS-DC'15), Phoenix, Arizona (USA), Sept. 28-Oct. 2 2015
2015
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Hanappe, P. Fine-grained CPU Throttling to Reduce the Energy Footprint of Volunteer Computing. Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris, January 2012
2012
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Hanappe, P., Beurivé, A., Laguzet, F., Steels, L., Bellouin, N., Boucher, O., Yamazaki, Y.H., Aina, T. and Allen, M. FAMOUS, faster: using parallel computing techniques to accelerate the FAMOUS/HadCM3 climate model with a focus on the radiative transfer algorithm. Geoscientific Model Development, 4(3):835-844, 2011
2011
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Hanappe, P. Laptops Unite! Supercomputer for climate simulation. In Wynants, M. and Engelen, S., editor, We Can Change the Weather: 101 Cases of Changeability, Crosstalks, pages 46-47, VUBPress Brussels University Press. 2010
2010
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Maisonneuve, N., Stevens, M., Niessen, M. E., Hanappe, P. and Steels, L. Citizen Noise Pollution Monitoring. dg.o '09: Proceedings of the 10th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (Puebla,Mexico; May 17-20,2009), May 2009 Digital Government Society of North America / ACM Press.
2009
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Aurnhammer, M., Hanappe, P. and Steels. L. Integrating Collaborative Tagging and Emergent Semantics for Image Retrieval. Proceedings WWW2006, Collaborative Web Tagging Workshop, May 2006
2006
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Aurnhammer, M., Hanappe, P. and Steels, L. Augmenting Navigation for Collaborative Tagging with Emergent Semantics. International Semantic Web Conference, 2006
2006
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Steels, L. and Hanappe, P. Interoperability Through Emergent Semantics A Semiotic Dynamics Approach.. Journal on Data Semantics VI, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 143-167, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg. 2006
2006
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