Second Workshop on Computing within Limits
June 9-10, Irvine, CA, USA

About LIMITS 2016

LIMITS aims to foster discussion on the impact of present or future ecological, material, energetic, and/or societal limits on computing. These topics are seldom discussed in contemporary computing research. The medium-term aim of the workshop is to foster concrete research, potentially of an interdisciplinary nature, that innovates on technologies, techniques, and contexts for computing within fundamental limits. A longer-term goal is to build a community around relevant topics and research. A goal of this community is to impact society through the design and development of computing systems in the abundant present for use in a future of limits and/or scarcity.


Daniel Pargman, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, [email protected] (co-chair)
Barath Raghavan, ICSI, [email protected] (co-chair)
Jay Chen, NYU, [email protected]
Elina Eriksson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, [email protected]
Bonnie Nardi, UC Irvine, [email protected]
Teresa Cerratto Pargman, Stockholm University, [email protected]
Don Patterson, Westmont College, [email protected]
Debra Richardson, UC Irvine, [email protected]
Bill Tomlinson, UC Irvine, [email protected]

Program and Papers

Papers can be cited as: "In Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Computing within Limits (LIMITS '16), Irvine, CA, USA, 2016. ACM" or, alternatively, "LIMITS '16: In Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Computing within Limits, Irvine, CA, USA, 2016. ACM". See the ACM Digital Library LIMITS '16 Table of Contents for an official list of papers and citation information.

Thursday, June 9

Time Activity
9:00 Welcome
9:15 Invited Talk
Humility, Discomfort & Awe: Developing our capacity for longer-term thinking
Lisa Nathan (UBC)
10:15 Break
10:30 Paper Session 1
A Strategy For Limits-Aware Computing
Jay Chen (NYU)
Refactoring Society: Systems Complexity in an Age of Limits
Barath Raghavan (ICSI) and Daniel Pargman (KTH)
11:10 Break
11:30 Breakout session 1: How did you arrive at LIMITS?
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Invited Talk
Quantifying the Energy Challenge: A physics perspective
Tom Murphy (UCSD)
2:30 Paper Session 2
A Circular Commons for Digital Devices
David Franquesa, Leandro Navarro, and Xavier Bustamante (Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya)
3D Printing: A Future Collapse-Compliant Means of Production
Samantha McDonald (UMBC)
3:10 Break
3:40 Paper Session 3
Whose Future Is It Anyway? Limits within Policy Modeling
Somya Joshi, Teresa Cerratto-Pargman, Andreas Gazis (Stockholm University), and Daniel Pargman (KTH)
Computing beyond Gender-Imposed Limits
Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (Cornell), Nova Ahmed (North South University), Faheem Hussain (SUNY Korea), and Neha Kumar (Georgia Tech)
4:20 Invited Discussion: Tapan Parikh (UC Berkeley / Cornell Tech)
4:40 Breakout session 2: Brainstorming: what projects/studies would you like to do or have someone else do?
5:10 Dinner

Friday, June 10

Time Activity
9:00 Invited Talk
Alternative Agricultural Systems for Sustainable Food Production
Sarah Lovell (UIUC)
10:00 Break
10:30 Paper Session 4
A Report from an Online Course on Global Disruption and Information Technology
Bill Tomlinson (UC Irvine), Donald Patterson (Westmont), and Bonnie Nardi (UC Irvine)
Empowering Limitations
Douglas Schuler (Evergreen State College)
Taming Limits with Approximate Networking
Junaid Qadir (ITU-Punjab), Arjuna Sathiaseelan, Liang Wang, and Jon Crowcroft (University of Cambridge)
11:30 Lunch
1:00 Paper Session 5
The Limits of Our Imagination: Design Fiction as a Strategy for Engaging with Dystopian Futures
Joshua Tanenbaum, Marcel Pufal, and Karen Tanenbaum (UC Irvine)
Macroscopically Sustainable Networking: On Internet Quines
Barath Raghavan (ICSI) and Shaddi Hasan (UC Berkeley)
2:00 Breakout session 3: Collaborations: grants, papers, projects.
2:30 Paper Session 6
Limits to the Sharing Economy
Daniel Pargman, Elina Eriksson (KTH), and Adrian Friday (Lancaster University)
Navigating Connectivity in Reduced Infrastructure Environments
Paul Schmitt and Elizabeth Belding (UC Santa Barbara)
3:10 Break
3:30 Paper Session 7
Are there limits to growth in data traffic?: On time use, data generation and speed
Mike Hazas, Janine Morley, Oliver Bates, and Adrian Friday (Lancaster University)
Situating Shelter Design and Provision in ICT Discourse for Scarce-resource Contexts
Samar Sabie (University of Toronto), Maha Salman (Yorkville University), and Steve Easterbrook (University of Toronto)
4:10 Breakout session 4: Dear Colleague Letters.
5:00 Dinner