April 14-15, 2015
Madrid, Spain
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All papers presented at SustainIT 2015 will be published in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. The best paper presented at the conference will receive a Best Paper Award.

Authors of papers of particular merit will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to the Elsevier Journal of Computer Communications Journal (COMCOM).


The evolving information and communications (ICT) technologies present a unique opportunity to effect the transformation needed to move us towards the goal of sustainability by helping to reduce our carbon footprint, mitigate and adapt ill effects of climate change, reduce and repair environmental damage, provide effective disaster response and recovery, creatively manage overstressed infrastructures in crowded urban systems, and enhance use of planet friendly materials and technologies. ICT is already being integrated into many areas of our lives, such as smart management of city services, transportation, energy distribution and management, health care, etc., and this integration is expected to expand deeper and wider in the coming years and decades. Unfortunately, this ICT proliferation brings in its own challenges of increased carbon footprint, accelerating obsolescence of electronic equipment and its disposal issues, increased use of precious natural resources such as water and materials, etc. These twin problems of reducing the environmental impact of ICT and exploiting ICT for a more sustainable world form the underlying theme for SustainIT since its inception in 2010.

This edition of SustainIT continues this theme by focusing on inter-disciplinary scientific challenges of enhancing the sustainability of ICT and via ICT. The goal of this conference is to bring together people from different research areas, and provide a forum to exchange ideas, discuss solutions, and share experiences among researchers, professionals, and application developers from both industry and academia.

Original papers addressing both theoretical and practical aspects of sustainability of ICT (including smart energy management) and innovative use of ICT to enhance human and societal sustainability are solicited.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

1) Sustainable communication substrates:

  • Energy-efficient networking technologies and architectures
  • Energy-efficient wired and wireless communications protocols
  • Cross-layer optimizations for sustainable networking
  • Novel standards and metrics for green communications

2) Energy-efficient operation of computing infrastructure:

  • Energy-efficient management of computing, storage, and network resources
  • Managing carbon footprint of data centers and increasing its energy efficiency
  • Algorithms to reduce the energy consumption of ICT infrastructure
  • Trade-offs between energy efficiency, Quality of Service, and reliability
  • Adaptation of computing and communications infrastructure to variable renewable energy supply
  • Emerging computing/storage technologies for energy efficient operation

3) Achieving sustainability through the application of ICT:

  • Application of ICT to increase the energy efficiency of smart homes, smart buildings, and smart cities
  • ICT for sustainable mobility, transport, and logistics
  • ICT for energy-efficient industrial environments and processes
  • ICT for smart power grids and novel data processing in smart energy systems
  • ICT for water distribution systems including leaks, theft, contamination, and attacks.
  • ICT for agriculture, food distribution/logistics, waste reduction, tracking/provenance, etc.
  • ICT for healthcare (health monitoring & healthy lifestyle support systems, disease detection/monitoring, assistive technologies, health care information systems, etc.)
  • ICT for underwater (e.g., oceanic) monitoring and communications
  • ICT for waste water and waste monitoring, handling and reduction
  • ICT in disaster monitoring, rescue and recovery, including emergency networking and exploitation of social media
  • ICT for monitoring and conservation of biodiversity
  • ICT for geohazard monitoring (e.g., landslides, earthquakes, etc.)
  • Crowdsourcing solutions for sustainability
  • Urban Sustainability

4) Practical issues in sustainable communication systems

  • Security and privacy in ICT applications for sustainability
  • Energy consumption measurements, models, and monitoring tools
  • Measurement and evaluation of the Internet's sustainability
  • Test-bed and prototype implementations of sustainable ICT systems

5) Science of Sustainability

  • Metrics for sustainability and their evaluation
  • Modeling of human behavior regarding sustainability choices (e.g., reduction in energy consumption, engagement of power management features, etc.)
  • Ecosystem modeling (perturbations and equilibria)


All submissions must describe original research, not published or currently under review for another workshop, conference, or journal. Manuscripts must be limited to 8 pages and must strictly adhere to the IEEE conference publication format (e.g., 10pt font, single spacing, double column) in US Letter size with all fonts embedded. Detailed instructions for manuscript preparation and submission are available on the conference website.

Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format through EDAS.

Submission implies the willingness of at least one author to register and attend the conference to present the paper. The organizers reserve the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference if the paper is not presented at the conference.