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Volker Wulf <[log in to unmask]>
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Invitation to a Symposium*

*Energy Sustainability: Ubiquitous Technologies, Social Practices, and 
Cultures of Participation*

University of Siegen und Fraunhofer FIT
University of Siegen, P-Gebaeude
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Among the speakers:
- Gero Bieser, SAP-Waldorf
- Gerhard Fischer, University of Colorado;
- Gunnar Stevens, University of Siegen.

Themes and Objectives for the Symposium
Energy sustainability has become a highly relevant social requirement, 
both for work places and households. There is a growing body of 
knowledge focused on understanding consumer's habits and supporting them 
in reducing their domestic carbon footprint. In the workplace, we can 
identify two so far rather distinct approaches (1) research that focuses 
on optimizing formalized production processes and investing into energy 
efficient equipment (2) research which looks at the workers' practices 
in energy usage and support their conservation practices in a bottom-up 
manner. We anticipate that these approaches will converge.
An important underlying theme is the changing perception of energy 
consumption. Traditionally consumption was understood to happen mainly 
passively at the end of a centralized network of producers. By contrary, 
energy sustainability requires active participation of the consumers 
interacting with a network of decentralized producers (smart grid). The 
consumer gains an active role (presuming), be it by developing more 
efficient energy consumption practices, or even by becoming a local 
energy producer. In enabling the prosumer and coordinating between 
energy production and consumption, appropriately design IT plays a major 
The rise in /social computing/ (based on social production and mass 
collaboration) has facilitated a shift from /consumer cultures/ 
(specialized in producing finished goods to be consumed passively) to 
/cultures of participation/ (in which all people are provided with the 
means to participate actively in personally meaningful problems). These 
developments represent unique and fundamental opportunities and 
challenges for rethinking and reinventing the future of Human Computer 
Interaction (HCI).
Innovative technological developments are /necessary/ for cultures of 
participation, but they are /not sufficient/. The deep and enduring 
changes are not just technological, but social and cultural as well, so 
socio-technical systems are necessary. Cultures of participation are not 
dictated by technology---they are the result of incremental shifts in 
human behavior and social organizations, including design, adoption, 
appropriation, and adaptation of technologies to the needs of the 
The symposium will be discussion-oriented and all participants are 
encouraged to be active contributors. One objective of the symposium 
will be to identify some */grand challenges/* at the intersection of 
Energy Sustainability and Human Computer Interaction.

/Background:/The University of Siegen has established the first master 
program in Human Computer Interaction at a German university in last 
fall. The program has an enrollment of some 20 students. More 
information about the Master program can be found 

*Morning Session*

9:00 -- 9:30 Welcome and Brief Introduction by all Participants

9:30 -- 10:00 Gerhard Fischer (University of Colorado, Boulder) 
"Social-Computational Systems and Energy Sustainability"

10:00 -- 10:30Gero Bieser (SAP, Walldorf) "Energy Sustainability: 
Visions and challenges from an Industry Point of View"

10:30 -- 11:00Break

11:00 -- 11:30 Gunnar Stevens und Volker Wulf (University of Siegen): 
"Sustainable Energy Practices --- Understanding the Role of the Active 

11:30 -- 12:30 Markus Duscha (ifeu, Heidelberg): "At the Consumption 
Side of Smart Grids"

*12:30 -- 13:30Lunch*

*Afternoon Session:*

13:30 -- 15:00Round Table Discussion 1: Prosuming and Cultures of 

15:00 -- 15:30 Break

15:30 -- 17:00 Round Table Discussion 2: Elements of a New Discourse on 
the Future of Human-Centred Computing: changing human behavior 
and/versus user-centered design, control, ownership, reciprocity, 
motivation, privacy


Anmeldung: Kathrin Zimmermann, Institut fuer Medienforschung der 
Universitaet Siegen,

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Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf
Institute for Information Systems, University of Siegen
Hölderlinstr. 3, 57068 Siegen, Germany
Phone: +49-271-740-2910, Email:[log in to unmask]; and:
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FhG-FIT)
Schloss Birlinghoven, 53754 Sankt Augustin, Germany
Phone: +49-2241-142993; Fax: +49-2241-142146
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