UCLIC Research Seminar Series

SEMINAR 13th Jan: Adrian Friday – A role for ICT toward Sustainable Futures?
Adrian Friday, Lancaster University


SEMINAR 13th Jan: Adrian Friday – A role for ICT toward Sustainable Futures?


To say that we are living at a time where unprecedented threats to our survival may be mediated or undermined by digital technology is no exaggeration. From climate change to national security, digital tools' strengths bring unparalleled potential for understanding and controlling our world in new ways. But, the wider impacts of the use of ICT are ill understood, and poorly designed systems might do more harm than good: ICT itself now accounts for 10% of global energy demand - and climbing - and this impact is not yet a factor in systems' design or in most CS curricula! I'm drawn by ICT's potential for addressing large scale societal challenges, such as climate change. In this talk I offer a glimpse of this potential following our recent in the wild studies of energy use and data demand in the home; and secondly, discuss ways in which HCI design might evolve such systems to more profoundly challenge 'the normal way' energy is used.


Adrian Friday is a Professor of Computer Science at Lancaster University with over 20 years' experience of developing and studying infrastructure for real world ubiquitous systems, from the early origins of mobile computing in the 1990s through to his longitudinal 'in the wild' studies of situated public displays since 2006. He was one of the Principal Investigators in Equator, a high impact UK wide interdisciplinary initiative, 2001-7, and a co-investigator in the EU funded PDNET and Recall FET projects. Adrian is widely published and cited in the international research community, with over 120 peer reviewed articles to date. He was TPC chair of the leading Ubicomp & Pervasive conferences in 2006 and 2009, and general co-chair of Ubicomp 2014. His recent work is at the intersection of Computing and Sustainability, where he has brought several disciplines together to understand energy use and large scale GHG impacts of everyday life. This work has led to several recent accolades, including a sustainability award at Pervasive 2010, and a best paper award at CHI 2015.