Call for papers

ICT4S 2019 6th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability

Lappeenranta, Finland  

Sisu

Call for contributions

The ICT4S conferences bring together leading researchers in ICT for Sustainability with government and industry representatives, including decision-makers with an interest in using ICT for sustainability, researchers focusing on ICT effects on sustainability and developers of sustainable ICT systems or applications. More information about the ICT4S organization can be found at: www.ict4s.org

Theme and Topics

The theme of the 2019 conference is “Sisu”. Perhaps having no direct English equivalent, Sisu defines the soul of Finland: tenacity of purpose; a relentless perseverance to transform barriers into opportunities; courage in the face of adversity; an action-oriented mindset; a collective choice – we are strong together; and, a love for the long term potential. We believe that Sisu describes the essence of ICT4S: a collective empowering of people with the idea that there is a strength within us that is greater than the adversities we endure – ICT4S can make a positive difference, to empower an inclusive regeneration.

The transformational power of ICT is essential to put our society and all its stakeholders on the path to sustainability. This potential could embrace all levels, from individuals to communities, from public sector to all industry sectors, from business goals to social aspirations and environmental objectives within a nation and globally. ICT can bring people together to build thriving, resilient society. Papers relating to ICT for sustainability in a broad sense and papers developing this year’s theme (and beyond) are welcome.

Subtheme: Regenerative technologies

Role of technologies in enhancing outcomes
Incentives for more sustainable ICT
Needs and challenges for technology enhancement
First and second order effects of technology enhancements
Smart cities, homes and offices
Sustainable infrastructures (Sustainability in data centers and communication networks)
Energy-efficient and energy-aware software engineering
Green transportation and logistics
Intelligent energy management in buildings
Reduced hardware obsolescence
E-waste and closed material cycles


Subtheme: Enabling responsible businesses
Challenges for an environmentally sustainable (ICT) industry
Matching the sustainability goals to business needs
Sustainability in business and organizations
Design principles for sustainable ICT
Supporting alternative models
Enabling socioecological transformation

Subtheme: Transforming societies
Needs and challenges of social change towards sustainable future
Third order impacts of sustainable development
ICT-induced behavioral and societal change
Tools supporting green decision making and development
Software for sustainable business governance
Sustainable community building via ICT
Systematic interdisciplinary efforts in ICT for sustainability
Enabling and systemic effects of ICT on society and/or the environment
Climate informaticsEducation in ICT for sustainability
Inclusion, privilege and power
Democracy and politics
Open and ethical data
Social (in)justice

Subtheme: Balance of responsibility
Incentives for individual changeStakeholders from all sectors

Individual and collective responsibility
Values, mindsets
Ethical choices for consumers
Supporting workforces

Impact at scale

Papers

We welcome original papers and posters reporting on research, development, case studies, and experience reports in the field of ICT4S.

All papers must conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Formatting Guidelines, and limited to at most 6,500 words, and 10 pages including text, appendices, figures and references. Here are the current Word template (and corresponding PDF) and LaTeX class file.

Abstracts (no longer than 200 words) should be submitted two weeks prior to the paper deadline, to allow us to allocate reviewers.

There will be an open access publication for the conference indexed by all major databases.

Papers will be presented in ConverStation format.

Previous ICT4S conference proceedings can be found at http://ict4s.org/conference-proceedings/

Submission will be via EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ict4s2019.

Journals First track

We invite authors of recently published journals papers to present their work at ICT4S. Journals first papers should relate to ICT4S and describe original and previously unpublished results that significantly extend (or were not previously reported in) prior work. Papers that are extensions of previous conference papers, or which are minor enhancements or variants of the results presented in the prior work are not eligible.

For a journal paper to be eligible to participate, the paper must be:

    • In scope of the conference, see above for possible topics;
    • Accepted in one of the journals listed on the detailed call on the website;
  • Accepted for publication after May 15, 2016 and before November 15, 2017.

If you would like us to consider a paper published in another journal of equal reputation to those presented in the list on our website, please contact the Programme Chair.

Posters

We invite submissions of high-quality extended abstracts for posters. Posters may present late-breaking research or work in progress. A poster can help attract interest and give a rapid overview of what your research is all about. At the conference, the work described in the extended abstract will be presented as a poster, ideally in interactive discussion with the audience. We especially welcome posters that describe proposed empirical studies. An attachment with a maximum of 2 additional pages must be included in the submission. The attachment must clearly state how the work described in the extended abstract is to be presented at the conference, emphasizing interaction potential and explaining how an engaging participant experience will be achieved.

Important dates

See http://www.ict4s.fi/importantdates/

General chair

Jari Porras,  Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Program chair

Samuel Mann, Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand

Contact

Samuel.Mann(at)op.ac.nz

We welcome original papers and posters reporting on research, development, case studies, and experience reports in the field of ICT4S.

All papers must conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Formatting Guidelines, and limited to at most 6,500 words, and 10 pages including text, appendices, figures and references. Here are the current Word template (and corresponding PDF) and LaTeX class file.

Abstracts (no longer than 200 words) should be submitted two weeks prior to the paper deadline, to allow us to allocate reviewers.

There will be an open access publication for the conference indexed by all major databases.

Previous ICT4S conference proceedings can be found at http://ict4s.org/conference-proceedings/

Submission will be via EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ict4s2019.