Workshop on Sustainable Software Engineering of Future Technology Digital Services (SUSEFUS)


  • Dan Schien, University of Bristol, UK, Corresponding
  • Eva Kern, Leuphana University, Lueneburg, Germany


Large scale digital services in the cloud have a global scale, are being consumed by millions of users and drive the deployment of energy using infrastructure [1]. Future technologies will intensify these challenges: Machine learning requires large compute resources to train models based on big data. Virtual Reality and 8k video significantly increase network utilisation and require additional network infrastructure. And the Internet of Things results in vast amount of data that requires the deployment of new processing capability and network infrastructure.

At present software engineering does not provide methods and techniques to strategically plan and design digital services that apply these new types of technologies sustainably. Recent advances in mapping criteria for sustainable software [2] are encouraging developments towards enabling sustainability across the entire software development life cycle.
Past workshops in this space, that we build on, include the workshop series Requirements Engineering for sustainable systems (Re4susy), Green and Sustainable Software (GREENS) and the Workshop on Measurement and Metrics for Green and Sustainable Software Systems (MeGSuS’18).
This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners with an interest or actively pursuing research in Sustainable Software Engineering in order to develop an agenda to take the next steps. The activities as part of this workshop will include:
– Providing a venue for researchers and practitioners to discuss their current related research
– Taking stock of the state of the art in sustainable software engineering across the software development life cycle
– Mapping the uncertainties and new challenges that new technological advances bring to modelling the environmental impact of digital services
– A gap analysis that will provide a research agenda
We aim to publish a position paper summarizing the workshop and research agenda, either as a late addition to the proceedings of ICT4S, if possible, or alternatively on a public paper archive.
Format: 30min introduction, rounds of brief presentations (5min) of position papers, 2 to 4 rounds of workshop activities with the goal of developing a research agenda

Call for participantion and deadline:

We would like attendees to submit short position papers (up to 2 pages A4)  to the workshop to stimulate discussion.  Submission to the workshop organizers Daniel.Schien (at) and e.kern (at) with the subject ICT4SSUSEFUS submission by 15.5.2019


1. Preist, C., Schien, D., & Blevis, E. (2016). Understanding and Mitigating the Effects of Device and Cloud Service Design Decisions on the Environmental Footprint of Digital Infrastructure. In CHI?16 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. San Jose: ACM.
2. E Kern, LM Hilty, A Guldner, YV Maksimov, A Filler, J Gröger, S Naumann. 2018. Sustainable software products—Towards assessment criteria for resource and energy efficiency.  <javascript:void(0)>Future Generation Computer Systems 86, 199-210

Organiser bios:

Daniel Schien is a Lecturer in computer science at the University of Bristol, UK. Daniel’s research in the area of sustainable software focuses on modelling whole-systems energy consumption of digital services. Daniel has developed and published models of large scale cloud services for major UK media organisations.
Eva Kern is a research associate at the Umweltcampus Birkenfeld at Leuphana University Lueneburg. Eva’s research in the area includes criteria, measurements and models of sustainability of software. Eva has published at numerous conferences and journals. Eva was organiser of the Workshop on Measurement and Metrics for Green and Sustainable Software Systems (MeGSuS’18).