Call for papers [pdf]

Sustainability is a topic of increasing importance in modern society. The primary objective of this workshop is to explore how improvements to or new uses of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can improve the environmental, economic and/or social sustainability of ICT systems, networks, and applications and of non-ICT processes (e.g., quantify the reduction in cost or carbon emissions from using tele-presence services instead of travel).

Topics of interest fall broadly into three main areas:

  • Designing sustainable ICT: Such work includes research measuring, evaluating, or designing energy efficient systems in data centers, networking and communication protocols, etc.
  • ICT for sustainability: Such work includes research proposing new uses of ICT to improve the environmental, economic, and/or social sustainability of non-ICT processes.
  • Building a smarter, more sustainable electricity grid: Such work includes research addressing the challenges (both engineering and economic) that come from incorporating increasing penetration of renewable energy into the grid, demand-response techniques, and smart-metering.

This workshop is intended to bring together researchers from the (traditional) SIGMETRICS and Performance communities with researchers and practitioners in the three areas above, to exchange technical ideas and experiences on issues related to sustainability and ICT. The workshop will include a mixture of invited talks and presentations of accepted papers, and will serve as a forum for the SIGMETRICS and Performance communities to apply their techniques to this emerging and important area.


  • The Best Student Paper Award was given to "Opportunities for Price Manipulation by Aggregators in Electricity Markets" by Navid Azizan Ruhi, Niangjun Chen, Krishnamurthy Dvijotham, and Adam Wierman. The award was determined by a committee of the invited speakers, chaired by Catherine Rosenberg, after considering both the papers and the presentations of the candidates.
  • We will have an exciting series of keynote talks this year, including talks by Florian Dörfler (ETH Zürich), Xue (Steve) Liu (McGill University), and Kameshwar Poolla (UC Berkeley).

  • Greenmetrics will accept two types of submissions this year: 6-page full papers or 3-page extended abstracts. While full papers must be either new material or a survey article, extended abstracts may summarize recent submissions to other venues (either conferences or journals). Thus, we hope that authors will submit extended abstracts in order to present recent work from other communities to the Sigmetrics community.

Important Dates

  • Monday, April 11, 2016: Paper Submission (Hard deadline)
  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016: Author Notification
  • Monday, May 23, 2016: Early Registration
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2016: Final Website Versions Due
  • Tuesday, June 14: Workshop
  • Wednesday, July 20: Final Versions for PER Due