The CompSust-2016 conference focuses on computational methods for balancing environmental, economic, and societal needs for a sustainable future. The main goal of CompSust-2016 is to promote networking, collaborations, and discussion among computational sustainability researchers and practitioners from academia, NGOs, and government institutions. Through talks, panels and discussions, poster sessions, and invited talks, the conference program will investigate the major problem domains that impact global sustainability, those technologies and processes that offer the greatest opportunities to increase sustainability in these domains, and the fundamental computational methods that support these technologies and processes.
The conference will cover sustainability topics concerning natural resources, climate, ecosystems, and the environment (for example, water, oceans, forest, fish, land, soil, and biodiversity), economic development and human behavior (for example, human well-being, poverty, and over-population), energy (for example, renewable energy, smart grid, materials discovery for sustainable materials), and human-built systems and human impact (for example, transportation systems, pollution, cities, buildings, sensors and sensor networks, conservation & criminology, food systems, agriculture, life cycle analysis, ecological footprint, general equilibrium modeling). All computational methods that can address sustainability issues are appropriate, including machine learning, optimization, vision, remote sensing, sensor networks, human computation, robotics, and others.
CompSust-2016 will also include the launching of CompSustNet, a large-scale international computational sustainability research network, sponsored by the National Science Foundation through an Expeditions in Computing award. The CompSustNet kickoff meeting will feature talks by members of the leadership team introducing many of the core projects and is open to the public.
Participation in the conference is open to everyone interested in computational sustainability. The conference will include short talks, panels and discussions, poster sessions, and invited talks. A key goal of the conference is to promote and facilitate interactions and networking between researchers in sustainability domains with researchers in computational sciences, as well as among computer scientists in different research areas.