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The goal of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community to debate longer range, more audacious research challenges; to build consensus around research visions; to evolve the most promising visions toward clearly defined initiatives; and to work with the funding organizations to move challenges and visions toward funding initiatives. The purpose of this blog is to provide a more immediate, online mechanism for dissemination of visioning concepts and community discussion/debate about them.

CCC Sponsors Computational Sustainability Award at CHI 2013

May 2nd, 2013 / in research horizons / by Kenneth Hines

Pictured from left to right: Tom Erickson, 2013 CCC Sustainability award winner and CHI 2013 Sustainability Community co-chairs, Samuel Mann and Lisa Nathan.

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored a sustainability award at CHI 2013, ACM’s premiere conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. The conference was held in Paris, France April 27-May 2, at the Palais de Congrès de Paris. The best sustainability paper award promotes work at the intersection of computing and sustainability, on principles and applications that address environmental, economic, and societal needs in support of a more sustainable future. This year’s winning paper was:

The Dubuque Electricity Portal: Evaluation of a City-Scale Residential Electricity Consumption Feedback System, authored by Tom Erickson (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA), M. Li, Y. Kim, A. Deshpande, S. Sahu, T. Chao, P. Sukaviriya, and M. Naphade.

CCC will provide travel awards to authors of the awarded paper.  This is the second year that the CCC has sponsored the sustainability award at the CHI conference. The award enables the CHI Sustainability Community to recognize the critical contributions of human computer interaction research relating to sustainability. The community is not confined to issues of environmental sustainability, but also issues related to “the implications of our design and use of interactive technologies within and beyond HCI for climate change mitigation and adaptation, health, regional concerns especially coastal regions, food, ecosystems, water, as well as economic systems, reducing consumption, re-constructing business practices, and more.” (

The winning paper was chosen from a selection of CHI 2013 Best Papers and Honorable Mentions that have significant links to sustainability concerns. The list of best papers and honorable mentions that were considered for the award are provided below to demonstrate the breadth of innovative, sustainability-oriented work that was showcased at this year’s conference. After the conference the papers will be available through ACM’s Digital Library.



Mind the Theoretical Gap: Interpreting, Using, and Developing Behavioral Theory in HCI Research

E. Hekler (Arizona State Univ., USA), P. Klasnja, J. Froehlich, M. Buman


At Home with Agents: Exploring Attitudes Towards Future Smart Energy Infrastructures

T. Rodden (The Univ. of Nottingham, UK), J. Fischer, N. Pantidi, K. Bachour, S. Moran


Indoor Weather Stations: Investigating a Ludic Approach to Environmental HCI Through Batch Prototyping

W. Gaver (Goldsmiths, Univ. of London, UK), J. Bowers, K. Boehner, A. Boucher, D. Cameron, M. Hauenstein, N. Jarvis, S. Pennington


A Conversation Between Trees: What Data Feels Like In The Forest

R. Jacobs (The Univ. of Nottingham, UK), S. Benford, M. Selby, M. Golembewski, D. Price, G. Giannachi


Looking Past Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Using Futures Studies Methods to Extend the Research Horizon

J. Mankoff (Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA), H. Faste, J. Rode


Using Crowdsourcing to Support Pro-Environmental Community Activism

E. Massung (Univ. of Bristol, UK), D. Coyle, K. Cater, M. Jay, C. Preist

For more information, see the Best of CHI 2013 awards.

We encourage to you apply for a Challenges & Visions session at your respective computing research conference! For more information — including guidelines for conference program committees, recommendations for selecting winners, and logistics for issuing CCC-sponsored travel awards to the winners, as well as a sample call for papers for a CV session — visit

(Contributed by Lisa Nathan, University of British Columbia)

CCC Sponsors Computational Sustainability Award at CHI 2013

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