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Carbon-centric computing - IT solutions for climate change

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Abstract


  • IT has a role to play in the current debate on climate change. The current discourse on IT and climate

    change views IT in a negative light, as a polluter. What remains unrecognised is the critical role of IT as

    a source of solutions to the climate change problem. We live in a massive, inter-connected Planet Earth

    Supply Chain. IT provides a range of tools to model, manage and optimise this supply chain.

    The University of Wollongong Carbon-Centric Computing Initiative (CCCI) seeks to seed a program of research that addresses the climate change problem with a range of computing technologies including (but not limited to): optimisation technologies, supply chain management technologies, business process management/ process improvement technologies, grid computing (e.g., utility grid) and virtualisation technologies, ICT-enabled conferencing and collaboration technologies as well as ICT for knowledge sharing and networkcentric advocacy.

    The contours of this new and exciting space for research and industry development are described in this

    report. The report provides insights into a set of representative points within this new space. It describes

    how existing web infrastructure could be leveraged to devise the optimising web - a massive, globally

    inter-connected network of optimisers helping support decisions that would reduce the global carbon

    footprint. It describes how computer simulation models can provide the basis for sustainable manufacturing

    and environmental management in the enterprise. It describes how IT based techniques can help support

    supply chain optimisation audits to determine if and how value might be best derived from the judicious

    use of optimisation technology. It describes the critical role ICT-enabled collaboration technologies can

    play in reducing the carbon footprint. It also addresses the key role ICT-based knowledge sharing and

    network-centric advocacy can play in obtaining broader social engagement in this debate. The report addresses

    the policy dimension to these issues and the need for an industry-academia consortium to drive

    such an agenda forward.

    The DSL: The Decision Systems Lab has engaged in cutting-edge research in the areas of industrial optimisation,

    business process management, service-oriented computing, software engineering and the applications

    of artificial intelligence technology for over a decade. It prides itself in being able to effectively

    span the spectrum from basic to applied research, and has generated a range of high-impact insights and

    industry applications.

    ATUL: As the Activity Theory Usability Laboratory, ATUL was opened in 2001. Able to support both research

    and practice, ATUL was then equipped to conduct holistic and realistic usability evaluations of computer

    applications and websites. Since its opening ATUL has expanded to acquire an exciting range of tools in

    innovative areas of business analysis and training: team-building, group decision support, systems modeling,

    content analysis among these.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Ghose, A., Hasan, H. M. & Spedding, T. (2009). Carbon-centric computing - IT solutions for climate change. Telecommunications Journal of Australia, 59 (1), 09.1-09.12.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77956323897

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1675&context=infopapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/infopapers/669

Start Page


  • 09.1

End Page


  • 09.12

Volume


  • 59

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.epress.monash.edu/tja/about.html

Abstract


  • IT has a role to play in the current debate on climate change. The current discourse on IT and climate

    change views IT in a negative light, as a polluter. What remains unrecognised is the critical role of IT as

    a source of solutions to the climate change problem. We live in a massive, inter-connected Planet Earth

    Supply Chain. IT provides a range of tools to model, manage and optimise this supply chain.

    The University of Wollongong Carbon-Centric Computing Initiative (CCCI) seeks to seed a program of research that addresses the climate change problem with a range of computing technologies including (but not limited to): optimisation technologies, supply chain management technologies, business process management/ process improvement technologies, grid computing (e.g., utility grid) and virtualisation technologies, ICT-enabled conferencing and collaboration technologies as well as ICT for knowledge sharing and networkcentric advocacy.

    The contours of this new and exciting space for research and industry development are described in this

    report. The report provides insights into a set of representative points within this new space. It describes

    how existing web infrastructure could be leveraged to devise the optimising web - a massive, globally

    inter-connected network of optimisers helping support decisions that would reduce the global carbon

    footprint. It describes how computer simulation models can provide the basis for sustainable manufacturing

    and environmental management in the enterprise. It describes how IT based techniques can help support

    supply chain optimisation audits to determine if and how value might be best derived from the judicious

    use of optimisation technology. It describes the critical role ICT-enabled collaboration technologies can

    play in reducing the carbon footprint. It also addresses the key role ICT-based knowledge sharing and

    network-centric advocacy can play in obtaining broader social engagement in this debate. The report addresses

    the policy dimension to these issues and the need for an industry-academia consortium to drive

    such an agenda forward.

    The DSL: The Decision Systems Lab has engaged in cutting-edge research in the areas of industrial optimisation,

    business process management, service-oriented computing, software engineering and the applications

    of artificial intelligence technology for over a decade. It prides itself in being able to effectively

    span the spectrum from basic to applied research, and has generated a range of high-impact insights and

    industry applications.

    ATUL: As the Activity Theory Usability Laboratory, ATUL was opened in 2001. Able to support both research

    and practice, ATUL was then equipped to conduct holistic and realistic usability evaluations of computer

    applications and websites. Since its opening ATUL has expanded to acquire an exciting range of tools in

    innovative areas of business analysis and training: team-building, group decision support, systems modeling,

    content analysis among these.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Ghose, A., Hasan, H. M. & Spedding, T. (2009). Carbon-centric computing - IT solutions for climate change. Telecommunications Journal of Australia, 59 (1), 09.1-09.12.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77956323897

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1675&context=infopapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/infopapers/669

Start Page


  • 09.1

End Page


  • 09.12

Volume


  • 59

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.epress.monash.edu/tja/about.html