Research Coordination Network on the
Digital Economy and the Environment
Growing the field and the funding

Members

Babbitt, Callie
Callie Babbitt
Bergmark, Pernilla
Pernilla Bergmark
Beier, Grischa
Grischa Beier
Bremer, Christina
Christina Bremer
Caira, Celine
Celine Caira
Chen, Yiran
Yiran Chen
Coroamă, Vlad C.
Vlad C. Coroamă
Dietz, Tom
Tom Dietz
Ergun, Özlem
Özlem Ergun
Galvin, Ray
Ray Galvin
Gasser, Urs
Urs Gasser
Gneezy, Ayelet
Ayelet Gneezy
Hilty, Lorenz
Lorenz Hilty
Jin, Scarlett
Scarlett Jin
Kaack, Lynn
Lynn Kaack
Kamiya, George
George Kamiya
Kirnberger, Johannes
Johannes Kirnberger
Kleine, Dorothea
Dorothea Kleine
Krzywdzinski, Martin
Martin Krzywdzinski
Lai, Hai "Helen"
Hai "Helen" Lai
Leonard, Sunday
Sunday Leonard
Lifset, Reid
Reid Lifset
Makov, Tamar
Tamar Makov
Marculescu, Diana
Diana Marculescu
Masanet, Eric
Eric Masanet
Mealey, Tim
Tim Mealey
Pasricha, Sudeep
Sudeep Pasricha
Pedram, Massoud
Massoud Pedram
Pohl, Johanna
Johanna Pohl
Pouri, Maria
Maria Pouri
Reczek, Rebecca Walker
Rebecca Walker Reczek
Rehak, Rainer
Rainer Rehak
Rejeski, David
David Rejeski
Scaglione, Anna
Anna Scaglione
Schien, Daniel
Daniel Schien
Schor, Julie
Julie Schor
Shehabi, Arman
Arman Shehabi
Siewert, Markus
Markus Siewert
Strubell, Emma
Emma Strubell
Sui, Daniel
Daniel Sui
Santarius, Tilman
Tilman Santarius
Vranken, Harald
Harald Vranken
Wilson, Charlie
Charlie Wilson
Wu, Carole-Jean
Carole-Jean Wu

Steering Committee

Hilty, Lorenz
Lorenz Hilty
Lifset, Reid
Reid Lifset
Marculescu, Diana
Diana Marculescu
Masanet, Eric
Eric Masanet
Mealey, Tim
Tim Mealey
Rejeski, David
David Rejeski
Schor, Julie
Julie Schor

Funders

Hamilton, Bruce
Bruce Hamilton
Jones, Alex
Alex Jones
Michelson, Evan
Evan Michelson
Robinson, Shayna
Shayna Robinson

Biographies

Babbitt, Callie
Babbitt, Callie

Babbitt, Callie

Professor, Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Callie Babbitt is a Professor in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology. She directs an interdisciplinary research team who studies sustainability challenges and solutions for emerging and rapidly evolving technologies, including consumer electronics, lithium-ion batteries, electric vehicles…

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Bergmark, Pernilla
Bergmark, Pernilla

Bergmark, Pernilla

Principal researcher, ICT sustainability impacts, Ericsson Research; Co-rapporteur ITU-T Study Group Environment, Climate Change, Circular Economy Q9 on "Climate change and assessment of digital technologies in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement”

I work as a company-based researcher and standardizer in the field of ICT. My research interests include methodology development and assessments related to climate impacts, circular economy, smart sustainable cities. I'm also interested in integrating planetary boundaries in assessments of ICT and in the application of the SDG framework. As a…

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Beier, Grischa
Beier, Grischa

Beier, Grischa

Research Group Leader “Digitalization and Sustainability Transformations”, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany

I am an engineer exploring the effects of digitalisation on industrial sustainability, and global value chains. I am also leading the Junior Research Group ProMUT on digitalized Corporate Sustainability Management. My research focuses on social and ecological effects of the broad application of digital technologies in industrial settings (aka…

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Bremer, Christina
Bremer, Christina

Bremer, Christina

PhD Student, Socio-Digital Sustainability Research Group, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University

I am a doctoral researcher in the field of sustainable human-computer interaction. My current research aims to help uncover the climate change mitigation potential of behaviour change and energy efficiency technology, with a focus on energy use in buildings. More specifically, I have been involved in projects about rebound effect awareness…

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Caira, Celine
Caira, Celine

Caira, Celine

Economist/Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), AI Policy Observatory

Celine is an Economist/Policy Analyst in the OECD’s AI Policy Observatory. She leads work to promote the implementation of the 2019 OECD AI Principles to ensure the use of AI that is innovative and trustworthy and that respects human rights, democratic values, and the environment. She helps to manage the OECD.AI Expert Group on AI Compute and…

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Chen, Yiran
Chen, Yiran

Chen, Yiran

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University

Yiran Chen is now the Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University and serving as the director of the NSF AI Institute for Edge Computing Leveraging the Next-generation Networks (Athena). His research interests include new memory and storage systems, machine learning and neuromorphic computing, and mobile…

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Coroamă, Vlad C.
Coroamă, Vlad C.

Coroamă, Vlad C.

Lecturer and Senior Researcher, TU Berlin

My research revolves around the relation between digitalisation and sustainability. From a computer science background, I often work with researchers from environmental and Earth sciences, economics, law, and sociology to explore how ICT can yield society-wide dematerialisation and resource efficiency while avoiding the counteracting rebound…

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Dietz, Tom
Dietz, Tom

Dietz, Tom

University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy, Michigan State University

My research focuses on the drivers of environmental change and human well being, on the social psychology of environmental decision making and on the interplay between science and values in decision making.

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Ergun, Özlem
Ergun, Özlem

Ergun, Özlem

COE Distinguished Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University College of Engineering

My research focuses on design and management of large-scale and decentralized networks. I like to apply concepts from network design, management, and resilience to problems arising in many critical systems for society, including transportation, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. I currently serve as the Area Editor at the Operations Research journal…

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Galvin, Ray
Galvin, Ray

Galvin, Ray

Researcher and teacher for RWTH-Aachen University, Germany and the University of Cambridge, UK; Research evaluator for the European Commission

Ray Galvin has an interdisciplinary background in engineering, philosophy, social psychology, climate science and environmental policy. In his research on transitions to a low carbon economy he has investigated rebound effects in home heating, private transport, digitalisation, and household renewable energy. His work also includes research on…

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Gasser, Urs
Gasser, Urs

Gasser, Urs

Professor of Public Policy, Governance, and Innovative Technology; Munich School of Politics & Public Policy and TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology

My research focuses on the societal and regulatory implications of new technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and quantum technology. I am working closely with the WEF, the OECD, and UNICEF, among others, as an advisor on various topics related to the digital transformation. I was as a member of the German Federal…

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Gneezy, Ayelet
Gneezy, Ayelet

Gneezy, Ayelet

The Carol Lazier and Family Endowed Chair in Social Innovation & Impact and Professor of Behavioral Sciences & Marketing, The Rady School of Management, UC San Diego

My #1 principal when deciding what to work on, is to dedicate my time and effort researching topics that matter. Focusing on what influences people’s attitudes, preferences, and behavior, I investigate sustainable behavior, health-related behaviors, and a host of other behaviors that benefit the individual and our society.

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Hamilton, Bruce
Hamilton, Bruce

Hamilton, Bruce

Program Director, National Science Foundation

Bruce Hamilton is a program officer in the National Science Foundation's Engineering Directorate (NSF-ENG). His “core” program focuses on Environmental Sustainability and he is also engaged in several NSF cross-directorate programs, including Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks (SRS RNs), Coastlines and People (CoPe), and…

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Hilty, Lorenz
Hilty, Lorenz

Hilty, Lorenz

Full Professor, Department of Informatics and Head of Informatics and Sustainability Research Group, University of Zurich

Lorenz M. Hilty is a full professor at the University of Zurich with a research focus on digital transformation and sustainable development, and director of the Zurich Knowledge Center for Sustainable Development. He is the author of over 100 scientific articles, book chapters and technical reports on environmental and sustainability aspects of…

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Jiang, Gemma
Jiang, Gemma

Jiang, Gemma

Senior Team Scientist, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Colorado State University

I am a complexity leadership scholar and network scientist focused on catalyzing and facilitating transdisciplinary scientific teams to address grand societal challenges. I have led and assisted the evaluation of several NSF funded projects. My evaluation approach utilizes network analysis as a diagnostic tool to improve the evolution of social…

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Jin, Scarlett
Jin, Scarlett

Jin, Scarlett

Postdoctoral Associate, Virginia Tech

I am an economic and urban geographer, interested in the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the sharing economy. My previous work has been focusing on shared mobility, including ridesourcing and bikesharing. I’m currently exploring how the sharing economy is shaping the future of work.

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Jones, Alex
Jones, Alex

Jones, Alex

Program Director, National Science Foundation; Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Alex Jones is a rotating program officer in the National Science Foundation CISE Directorate; he is on leave from the University of Pittsburgh where he is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science (by courtesy). His core program responsibilities are in the Computer and Network Systems Division (CNS) as part of the…

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Kaack, Lynn
Kaack, Lynn

Kaack, Lynn

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Public Policy, the Hertie School; Co-founder and chair, Climate Change AI

My research focuses on methods from statistics and machine learning to inform climate mitigation policy across the energy sector, and I have an interest in climate-related AI policy as well as impact assessment of AI.

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Kamiya, George
Kamiya, George

Kamiya, George

Energy Policy Analyst, International Energy Agency

George leads the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) analysis on the energy and climate impacts of digitalisation, and was a lead author of the agency’s 2017 Digitalization & Energy report. He also works on modeling and policy aspects of other emerging topics, including critical minerals and energy transitions, cybersecurity, and new mobility…

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Kirnberger, Johannes
Kirnberger, Johannes

Kirnberger, Johannes

AI & Sustainability Consultant, OECD; Research Associate, Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence

My research focuses on the direct and indirect environmental impact of artificial intelligence, the opportunities of AI applications for climate action and biodiversity preservation, and the implications of responsible AI for public policy and governance.

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Kleine, Dorothea
Kleine, Dorothea

Kleine, Dorothea

Professor of Human Geography and Co-Director of the Institute for Global Sustainable Development, Digital Technologies, Data and Innovation (DDI) group, University of Sheffield

Professor Dorothea Kleine’s research investigates sustainable human development, global justice, and the role of digital technologies in making progress towards these aims. She has published widely on the potential and the ethical challenges of the use of ICTs in sustainable development in both the global South and North, focusing in particular on…

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Krzywdzinski, Martin
Krzywdzinski, Martin

Krzywdzinski, Martin

Director, Weizenbaum Institute, Berlin; Head, research group on Globalization, Work and Production, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB); Professor of International Labor Relations, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg

My research focuses on the changing nature of work in the context of globalization and digitalization and in the relationship between sustainability, work and economic growth.

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Lai, Hai "Helen"
Lai, Hai "Helen"

Lai, Hai "Helen"

Clare Boothe Luce Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Duke University

Hai “Helen” Li is Clare Boothe Luce Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Duke University. Her current research focuses on neuromorphic computing systems, deep-learning acceleration and security, memory design and architecture, and high-performance and energy-efficient computing systems. She is a Fellow of…

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Leonard, Sunday
Leonard, Sunday

Leonard, Sunday

Program Officer, Secretariat of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel, UN Global Environment Facility, UNEP

My work focuses on climate change mitigation, the circular economy, chemicals and waste management, and other aspects of environmental sustainability and sustainable development. I also work on tools for bridging sustainability science and policy, including foresight and scenario planning. I am interested in how digital technologies such as…

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Lifset, Reid
Lifset, Reid

Lifset, Reid

Research Scholar and Resident Fellow in Industrial Ecology, Yale University School of the Environment

Reid Lifset is a Research Scholar and Resident Fellow in Industrial Ecology on the faculty of the Yale University School of the Environment. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology and his research focuses on material and resource efficiency and the circular economy; extended producer responsibility (EPR); and environmental…

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Makov, Tamar
Makov, Tamar

Makov, Tamar

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

I investigate the potential to address social and environmental challenges through sustainable business practices, technologies, and innovations.

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Marculescu, Diana
Marculescu, Diana

Marculescu, Diana

Department Chair and Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Diana Marculescu is Department Chair, Cockrell Family Chair for Engineering Leadership #5, and Professor, Motorola Regents Chair in ECE #2, at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include energy- and reliability-aware computing, hardware aware machine learning, and computing for sustainability and natural science applications.

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Masanet, Eric
Masanet, Eric

Masanet, Eric

Professor and Mellichamp Chair in Sustainability Science for Emerging Technologies, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara

Eric Masanet's research develops energy and materials systems models to identify technology and policy pathways for decarbonizing industrial systems. He is currently a Lead Author of Chapter 5 (Demand) for Working Group III of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report and a member of the Research Advisory Board at the American Council for an Energy…

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Mealey, Tim
Mealey, Tim

Mealey, Tim

Co-founder and Senior Fellow, Meridian Institute

Tim Mealey has forty years of experience designing and facilitating collaborative processes that assist people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and – in the case of the RCN-DEE – scientific disciplines – to develop meaningful outcomes that address pressing societal needs and challenges. He was a co-founder and is currently a Senior Fellow…

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Michelson, Evan
Michelson, Evan

Michelson, Evan

Director, Energy & Environment Program, Sloan Foundation

I am a program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Energy and Environment program at Sloan works to inform the societal transition toward low-carbon energy systems in the United States by investigating economic, environmental, technological, and distributional issues.

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Pasricha, Sudeep
Pasricha, Sudeep

Pasricha, Sudeep

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University

Sudeep Pasricha is a Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University. He is the Director of the Embedded, High Performance, and Intelligent Computing (EPIC) Laboratory and the Chair of Computer Engineering. His research focuses on the design of software…

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Pedram, Massoud
Pedram, Massoud

Pedram, Massoud

Charles Lee Powell Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor

Massoud Pedram’s research interests include computer-aided design of VLSI circuits and systems, low power electronics, energy storage systems, machine learning, quantum computing, and superconductive electronics. He has authored four books and more than 800 archival and conference papers. Dr. Pedram received the 2015 IEEE Circuits and Systems…

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Pohl, Johanna
Pohl, Johanna

Pohl, Johanna

Researcher, TU Berlin, Department for Sustainable Digitalization

Johanna Pohl is a researcher at TU Berlin, Department for Sustainable Digitalization with a focus on environmental effects of ICT-based services. She studied environmental engineering in Dresden and Izmir (Turkey). Before joining TU Berlin, Johanna gained experience at the Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and at the German Biomass…

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Pouri, Maria
Pouri, Maria

Pouri, Maria

PhD student, Informatics and Sustainability Research Group, Department of Informatics, University of Zurich

Maria Pouri’s doctoral research focuses on the intersection of the digital sharing economy and sustainability. She holds a M.Sc. degree in ICT from the University of Manchester and a B.Sc. degree in IT Engineering. She worked as an academic researcher before joining the Department of Informatics and is also currently a research assistant at the…

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Reczek, Rebecca Walker
Reczek, Rebecca Walker

Reczek, Rebecca Walker

Berry Chair of New Technologies Marketing & Professor of Marketing, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University

I am a marketing professor and consumer psychologist. My research has explored consumer lay theories and inference making, self-perceptions, and ethical decision making. I have explored these theoretical interests in the substantive domains of food and health decision making, sustainability, the sharing economy, and AI in the marketplace.

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Rehak, Rainer
Rehak, Rainer

Rehak, Rainer

Doctoral Researcher at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society and the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)

My work focuses on technology design and evaluation in terms of ICT used for sustainability purposes as well as the sustainable use of … ICT. Furthermore I work to demystify overblown promises of technologies like AI and blockchain in order to then constructively combine principles of data protection theory and convivial technology criteria to…

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Rejeski, David
Rejeski, David

Rejeski, David

Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute

My work focuses on understanding emerging technologies, their underlying innovation ecosystems, as well as their impacts and implications for public policy and governance and has included projects on synthetic biology, nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, and digital technologies (including AI, sharing/e-commerce platforms and video games).

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Robinson, Shayna
Robinson, Shayna

Robinson, Shayna

Senior Program Officer, Internet Society Foundation

Shayna leads the Research and Innovation Programs as well as the Resiliency and Emergency Response Grant Programs at the Internet Society Foundation. She is interested in futurist approaches to understanding the impact of the internet on the environment. She is based in Washington, DC.

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Scaglione, Anna
Scaglione, Anna

Scaglione, Anna

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University

My research focuses on harnessing advances in digital technology, network connectivity, artificial intelligence and decision systems for the integration of distributed renewable energy resources. The goal of my studies is transitioning to carbon neutral and resilient energy delivery systems, aided by the management of flexible consumption…

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Schien, Daniel
Schien, Daniel

Schien, Daniel

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, Systems Centre, Cabot Institute for the Environment

My research aims at improving our understanding of the environmental impact from information and communication technologies (ICT) and the reduction of such impact. I am currently leading the technical development of the DIMPACT tool (http://www.dimpact.org) to calculate organisational carbon footprints of digital services used by major digital…

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Schor, Julie
Schor, Julie

Schor, Julie

Professor of Sociology, Boston College

I am an economist and sociologist, interested in the climate impacts of the "sharing" and gig economies. With colleagues, I've been focusing on Airbnb, but am also interested in labor services such as ride-hail and delivery. Working hours and their impacts on carbon emissions are another longstanding research area. I'm…

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Shehabi, Arman
Shehabi, Arman

Shehabi, Arman

Research Scientist in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division of the Energy Technologies Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Shehabi’s research areas at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory focus on life-cycle assessments (LCA) of next-generation clean-energy technologies. His current work incorporates elements of systems modeling, scenario development, and data synthesis to quantify the potential energy, economic, and air pollutant impacts associated with the…

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Siewert, Markus
Siewert, Markus

Siewert, Markus

Managing Director, TUM Think Tank, Munich School of Politics & Public Policy; Senior researcher in Public Policy

My research focuses on the government performance and socio-political negotiations around the governance of the digital transformation with a special interest in artificial intelligence. Lately, I concentrate on citizens’ preferences concerning the sustainability of AI and its implications for the regulation of AI. I am also working with the GIZ…

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Strubell, Emma
Strubell, Emma

Strubell, Emma

Assistant Professor, Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; Research Scientist, Google

A key focus of my research is developing and benchmarking computational efficiency in machine learning methods, with the shared goals of: reducing the energy requirements of AI, enabling measurement, empowering decision-making, and increasing equity of access to these powerful technologies.

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Sui, Daniel
Sui, Daniel

Sui, Daniel

Professor of Geography and Public & International Affairs; Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, Virginia Tech

My research interests focus on theoretical foundations of geographic information science, social and environmental issues of emerginging technologies. I am currently working on projects related to seamlessly integrate space and place to conduct holistic geographic analysis with the goal of espousing a new quantum turn in geography and GIScience.

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Santarius, Tilman
Santarius, Tilman

Santarius, Tilman

Professor, Technical University of Berlin and the Einstein Center Digital Future

With my scientific work, I aim to identify 'big picture questions’ at the interface of digitliization and sustainability. Amongst other things, I am heading the European Science Network "Digitalization for Sustainability D4S" that brings together 15 renowned experts and practitioners in order to develop a transformative vision for a…

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Vranken, Harald
Vranken, Harald

Vranken, Harald

Associate professor, Open University of the Netherlands and Radboud University, The Netherlands

My research concentrates on network security and software security, with a special interest in the footprint and resilience of distributed systems that apply consensus algorithms (such as cryptocurrencies). I have been studying the electricity consumption of cryptocurrency mining and am currently extending this towards estimating the environmental…

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Wilson, Charlie
Wilson, Charlie

Wilson, Charlie

Professor, Energy and Climate Change, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford; Visiting Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria.

My research interests lie at the intersection between innovation, people, and policy in the field of energy and climate change mitigation. I work both at a systems level on scenarios and modelling of net-zero transformations and the impact of digitalization, and at a micro level on innovation processes, digital technology adoption, and…

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Wu, Carole-Jean
Wu, Carole-Jean

Wu, Carole-Jean

Research Scientist, Facebook AI Research

Carole-Jean Wu is currently a Research Scientist at Facebook AI Research. Her research has included designing energy- and memory-efficient systems, building and optimizing systems for machine learning execution at-scale, enabling environmentally-sustainable computing. She is passionate about tackling system challenges to enable efficient…

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