Here is another ICSE 2010 workshop you should be interested in: the Second Workshop on Software Research and Climate Change.
The call for papers is just out –you might find it a bit unusual that there will not be a formal publication of the proceedings but the intent of the workshop is to create a lively discussion on the topic and to build a community of researchers interested in tackling it. Here is the challenge for participants:
How can we, as experts in software technology, and as the creators of future software tools and techniques, apply our particular knowledge and experience to the challenge of climate change? How can we understand and exploit the particular intellectual assets of our community — our ability to:
- think computationally;
- understand and model complex inter-related systems;
- build useful abstractions and problem decompositions;
- manage and evolve large-scale socio-technical design efforts;
- build the information systems and knowledge management tools that empower effective decision-making;
- develop and verify complex control systems on which we now depend;
- create user-friendly and task-appropriate interfaces to complex information and communication infrastructures.
In short, how can we apply our research strengths to make significant contributions to the problems of mitigation and adaptation of climate change?
I should mention I am also in the Program Committee for this workshop — if you have anything to say on the subject I’d love to hear from you!