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Information and Communications Technologies and the challenge of energy efficiency

Gianluca Rizzo
10 February 2010 - 1:00pm

Room 4.1F03, Telematics Department, Torres Quevedo Building, University Carlos III of Madrid, Avda. Universidad, 30, 28911 Leganes – Madrid

Abstract:

The steadily raising energy costs and the increasing number of evidences of climate changes induced by high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have brought the issue of a sustainable use of energy to the attention of governments and of people all over the world. The need for a more responsible use of energy has emerged in all sectors, together with the awareness that a decrease in carbon emissions is vital to ensuring a future to mankind. The ICT sector, which has brought deep transformations and a rapid increase in productivity in many domains in the last decades, is at the center of this transformation. In all fields of communications, researchers have started to investigate approaches to reduce energy consumption, both by designing new devices, and by exploring new network architectures. In particula r, dynamic network planning, which implies decreasing the power consumption of those network resources which are underutilized, is seen as one of the most promising techniques to improve the energy efficiency of networks.

In the talk will give an overview of the ongoing efforts to reduce the energy consumption in ICT, and in particular in fixed and mobile networks. We will also explore in which ways ICT can contribute to improve the efficiency with which energy is produced, distributed and consumed.

The conference will be conducted in English

Organization: 

NETCOM Research Group (Telematics Department, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain); IMDEA Networks (Madrid, Spain)