Third International Workshop on the Social Implications of Pervasive Computing for Sustainable Living
Dates - March 24-28, 2014
Venue - Budapest, Hungary
Stuart Moran (UK)
Irene Lopez de Vallejo (Spain)
Katina Michael (Australia)
The mobile, sensory and embedded technologies associated with pervasive computing are progressively approaching levels of sufficient accuracy, dependability and suitable cost for real world deployment and entry into everyday life. The potential as well as the implications of such technology are significant, with applications in almost all public, personal and commercial aspects of our daily routines. Among these application areas, a topic that has recently gained significant/growing interest among researchers of pervasive systems is sustainability, or to be precise, the challenges brought by achieving sustainable living through pervasive technologies. Sustainability is so pervasive already in our everyday lives from healthcare and well being, to energy and architecture, that it lends itself particularly well to benefit from advancements in pervasive technologies. Consider the exciting ways in which a fully connected internet-of-things might support the home where appliances (heating for energy, fridge for dietary) and the home itself (architecture) co-interact towards creating a sustainable lifestyle for its residents.
But it also presents specific challenges affecting societal implications, which raises the issue: is pervasive computing for sustainability 'socially straightforward'?
Hence, research exploring the intersection of pervasive computing and sustainability is timely. While many technologies have already been developed quite successfully from a technological perspective, their social impact and adoption are still understudied. A main reason being that the pace of current technological development is often much faster than the exploration of the societal impact, which takes longer to manifest. This leads us to a number of key questions and drivers:
- Is applying pervasive computing technologies to sustainability as clear as we expect?
- What are the societal implications of current research efforts in pervasive computing for sustainability?
- What issues need to be addressed, and how, to ensure that pervasive computing for sustainable living is in itself socially sustainable?
In light of this, the intention of this workshop is to focus on and explore the social implications of pervasive computing for sustainable living. By examining this area, we aim to develop theories, methods and guidelines to encourage the technology to achieve maximum benefit, with minimal consequence. This will lead to guidance for the wider pervasive computing and sustainability communities, and provide sufficient time to consider the impact of the technology being designed and developed.