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

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. and Steels, L. Measure and map noise pollution with your mobile phone. DIY:: HCI - A Showcase of Methods, Communities and Values for Reuse and Customization, pages 78-82, April 2009 Proceedings of the DIY for CHI workshop held on April 5, 2009 at CHI 2009 in Boston, MA, USA
2009
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Maisonneuve, N., Stevens, M., Niessen, M. E. and Steels, L. NoiseTube: Measuring and mapping noise pollution with mobile phones. ITEE 2009 - Information Technologies in Environmental Engineering, pages 215-228, May 2009 Springer Berlin Heidelberg. Proceedings of the 4th International ICSC Symposium in Thessaloniki, Greece, May 28-29, 2009
2009
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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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Steels, L. and Tisselli, E. Social Tagging in Community Memories. In Proceedings of AAAI Symposium on Social Information Processing, pages 98-103, Menlo Park, California, USA, 2008 AAAI Press.
2008
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Steels, L. and Tisselli, E. Interfaces for Community Memories. Proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, January 2008
2008
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