1. Mission

The STC on Sustainable Computing takes a holistic view of information technology (IT). Any domain that uses or could potentially benefit from using IT is relevant to STCSC. The two primary goals of STCSC are:
  1. Promote the design and implementation of sustainable computing.
  2. Facilitate computing for sustainability.
With respect to these primary goals, topics relevant to STCSC include (but are not limited to):
  • Energy efficient design and operation of IT equipment (servers, storage and networks).
  • Sustainability across the lifecycle of IT equipment and processes.
  • Measurement and evaluation of the sustainability of existing IT infrastructures.
  • Models or methods that facilitate more sustainable computing.
  • Use of computing to systematically improve the sustainability of non-IT processes.

* You can read about the goals behind Special Technical committees here or by visiting the STC website.

2. Officers

Christopher Stewart
 Ohio State University, US

Christopher Stewart  is an assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at The Ohio State University. He completed his PhD in 2008 under the supervision of Kai Shen at the University of Rochester. His research improves datacenters, the large computing facilities that power Internet Services. Specifically, his recent work has explored 1) datacenters powered by renewable energy, 2) the power workloads on datacenter infrastructure, and 3) next-generation datacenter (cloud) applications.


Communication Chair 
Albert Y. ZOMAYA
The University of Sydney


Albert Y. ZOMAYA is currently the Chair Professor of High Performance Computing & Networking in the School of Information Technologies, The University of Sydney. He is also the Director of the Centre for Distributed and High Performance Computing which was established in late 2009. Professor Zomaya published more than 500 scientific papers and articles and is author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books. He served as the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computers (2011-2014). Currently, Professor Zomaya serves as Editor in Chief of Springer’s Scalable Computing and he is an associate editor for 22 leading journals, such as, the ACM Computing Surveys, IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, and Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. 

Professor Zomaya is the recipient of the IEEE Technical Committee on Parallel Processing Outstanding Service Award (2011), the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing (2011), and the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award (2014). He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of AAAS, IEEE, IET (UK). Professor Zomaya’s research interests are in the areas of parallel and distributed computing and complex systems.



Vice Communication Chair 
Samee U. Khan
North Dakota State University,
Fargo, ND, USA

Samee U. Khan received a BS degree in 1999 from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, Pakistan, and a PhD in 2007 from the University of Texas, Arlington, TX, USA. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA. Prof. Khan’s research interests include optimization, robustness, and security of: cloud, grid, cluster and big data computing, social networks, wired and wireless networks, power systems, smart grids, and optical networks. His work has appeared in over 275 publications. He is on the editorial boards of leading journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Access, IEEE Cloud Computing Magazine, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, IEEE IT Pro Magazine, Scalable Computing, Cluster Computing, Security and Communication Networks, and International Journal of Communication Systems. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, formerly IEE), and a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE. 

 Vice Communication Chair 
Lizhe Wang
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Dr. Wang is a Professor at Inst. of Remote Sensing & Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and a ChuTian Chair Professor at School of Computer Science, China Univ. of Geosciences (CUG). Prof. Wang received his B.E. & M.E from Tsinghua Univ. and Doctor of Eng. from Univ. Karlsruhe (Magna Cum Laude), Germany. Prof. Wang is a Fellow of IET, Fellow of British Computer Society. Prof. Wang serves as a Associate Editor of IEEE Tran. Computers and IEEE Tran. on Cloud Computing. His main research interests include high performance computing, e-Science, and spatial data processing.

Communication Chair 
Pascal Bouvry
Luxembourg University

Pascal Bouvry earned his undergraduate degree in Economical & Social Sciences and his Master degree in Computer Science with distinction (‘91) from the University of Namur, Belgium . He went on to obtain his Ph.D. degree ('94) in Computer Science with great distinction at the University of Grenoble (INPG), France. His research at the IMAG laboratory focussed on Mapping and scheduling task graphs onto Distributed Memory Parallel Computers. Next, he performed post-doctoral research on coordination languages and multi-agent evolutionary computing at CWI in Amsterdam. Dr Bouvry gained industrial experience as manager of the technology consultant team for FICS (SONE) a world leader in electronic financial services. Next, he worked as CEO and CTO of SDC, a Saigon-based joint venture between SPT (a major telecom operator in Vietnam), Spacebel SA (a Belgian leader in Space, GIS and Healthcare), and IOIT, a public research and training center. After that, Dr Bouvry moved to Montreal as VP Production of Lat45 and Development Director for MetaSolv Software (ORCL), a world-leader in Operation Support Systems for the telecom industry (e.g. AT&T, Worldcom, Bell Canada, etc).Dr. Bouvry is currently serving as Professor in the (CSC) research unit of the Faculty of Sciences, Technology of Luxembourg University. Pascal Bouvry is also faculty of the Interdisciplinary Center of Security, Reliability and active in various scientific committees and technical workgroups (IEEE CIS Cloud Computing vice-chair, IEEE TCSC GreenIT steering committee, ERCIM WG, ANR, COST TIST, etc.)

Membership Chair
Sergey Blagodurov

Sergey Blagodurov  is a Senior Design Engineer in the Research division of AMD. He works on redesigning datacenters for the Exascale era. Prior to AMD, he has been a Research Associate with HP Labs for three years, where he studied and contributed to the design and operation of net-zero energy data centers. Sergey received a PhD degree in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada in 2013. He has published extensively in the areas of distributed systems, contention-aware scheduling on NUMA multicore systems and emerging memory technologies for multicore systems.

Membership Chair
Matthew Forshaw
University of Newcastle, UK

Matthew Forshaw  is a PhD candidate in the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University, UK. His research interests include system- and component-level power measurement and modelling methodologies, and energy-efficient operating policies for large-scale computing environments. Matthew is currently involved in research into energy-efficient task scheduling in heterogeneous multi-use clusters, and accountability models for federated high-throughput computing environments.

 Membership Vice-Chair
Zoya Pourmirza
University of Manchester, UK


Zoya Pourmirza  received her PhD degree in Computer Science from The University of Manchester in February 2015. She also holds a Master degree in Computer Networks from University of Derby, and a Bachelor degree in the Information Technology Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. Her research is concerning about designing an ICT architecture for the smart electrical grid with particular emphasis on making the ICT infrastructure energy aware. Her research interests include Smart Grids, ICT architecture, communication energy efficiency, energy aware wireless sensor network (WSN), clustering algorithms for WSNs, and data compression. She has published a number of conference papers in well-known international conferences, journal paper, and a book chapter in the mentioned areas.

Newsletter Editor
Cristina Rottondi
Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence,
Lugano, Switzerland

Cristina Rottondi   received both Bachelor and Master Degrees “cum laude” in Telecommunications Engineering and a PhD in Information Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2008, 2010 and 2014 respectively.

She is currently researcher at the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA) in Lugano, Switzerland. Her research interests include data privacy and security in the Automatic Metering Infrastructure of Smart Grids, optical networks planning, and networked music performance.

Fábio Borges
Brazilian National Laboratory for Scientific Computing

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fábio Borges is currently working at the Brazilian National Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LNCC in Portuguese). He is author of the book titled On Privacy-Preserving Protocols for Smart Metering Systems: Security and Privacy in Smart Grids. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Doctor of Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at TU Darmstadt - Germany, a master's degree in Computational Modeling at LNCC - Brazil, and a bachelor degree in Mathematics at UEL - Brazil. 

Further information may be found in http://www.lncc.br/~borges/

Information Officer

Information officer
Massimo Tornatore
Politecnico di Milano, IT


Massimo Tornatore  is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering at  Politecnico di Milano, where he received a PhD degree in Information Engineering in  2006 and a Laurea (M.Sc. equivalent) degree in October 2001. He also holds an appointment as adjunct associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis, where he served as an postdoc researcher in 2008 and 2009.

He started his carrier in 2001, as an intern at CoreCom Optical Network Laboratory. In 2002, he was granted a research scholarship and he worked in collaboration with PSTS (Pirelli Submarine Telecom Systems) and TILAB (Telecom Italia Labs). During hos PhD he visited the Networks Lab in U.C.Davis and the Optical Networking group of CTTC laboratories in Barcelona, Spain.

He is author of more than 170 conference and journal papers and his research interests include design, protection and energy efficiency in optical trasport and access networks and group communication security. He is member of the editorial board of Springer "Photonic Network Communication" Journal.   He was a co-recipient of 6 Best Paper Awards from IEEE conferences


Information officer
Burak Kantarci
Clarkson University, USA

Burak Kantarci   is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clarkson University. Prior to joining Clarkson, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Ottawa. He received the M.Sc, and Ph.D degrees in Computer Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in 2005, and 2009, respectively. He received the Siemens Excellence Award in 2005 for his studies in optical burst switching. During his Ph.D study, he studied as a visiting scholar at UOttawa where he completed the major content of his thesis. Dr. Kantarci has co-authored numerous papers in established journals and conferences, and contributed to nine book chapters. He is the co-editor of the book entitled "Communication Infrastructures for Cloud Computing". He serves in the editorial board of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials. Dr. Kantarci also serves as an information officer for the IEEE Technical Committee on Sustainable Computing(June 2014- present). His research interests are energy-efficient network planning, cloud computing, green communications, and mobile networks.

Information officer
Lei Rao
General Motors, US Research Lab


Lei Rao  is currently a technology strategist and principle researcher at Futurewei, also known as Huawei U.S. R&D. From 2011 to 2015, she was a senior researcher in the General Motors Research Lab at Advanced Technology Silicon Valley Office. From 2010 to 2011, she was an associate researcher in the School of Computer Science at McGill University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Electrical and Information Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2010. Her research interests include Transportation Systems and Vehicular Technology, Wireless Networks and Industrial Networks, and Green Computing and Smart Grid. Dr. Rao worked briefly in IBM research. Her research has resulted in academic publications in IEEE and ACM journals and conferences. She has been invited to and served on the organizing committees and the technical program committee for important conferences and workshops.

Information officer
David Aikema
University of Calgary

David Aikema  received his Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Calgary, focusing on carbon footprinting of computing projects and whether synergistic effects between data centres and power grids might speed renewable energy integration. He is presently a Cyberinfrastructure Specialist with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary, where he works on CyberSKA, a cyberinfrastructure platform for data intensive radio astronomy, and is part of the Canadian consortium in the Science Data Processor component of the Square Kilometre Array telescope project which focuses on the infrastructure needed to analyze the enormous volumes of data which will be produced by the telescope.


Information officer 
Patricia Lago
VU University Amsterdam

Patricia Lago is associate professor at the VU University Amsterdam, leading the group on social and sustainable software and services. Her research interests are in software- and service oriented architecture, architectural knowledge management, and green IT. Lago has a PhD in Control and Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. She is chair of the IEEE/IFIP WICSA Steering Committee, member of the IFIP 2.10 Working group on Software Architecture, the IFIP 2.14 Working group on Services-based Systems, and the Dutch Knowledge Network on Green Software. She is Area Editor Service Orientation of the Elsevier Journal of Systems and Software.