ICT4S 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability @ Hart House, University of Toronto
May 14 – May 18 all-day

ICT4S Fifth International Conference on Information & Communication Technologies for SustainabilityThe ICT4S conferences bring together leading researchers in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Sustainability with government and industry representatives, including decision-makers with an interest in using ICT for sustainability, researchers focusing on ICT effects on sustainability and developers of sustainable ICT systems or applications. The conferences feature an innovative format for presenting new research, focussing on participation and conversation rather than passive listening. After four successful annual conferences in Europe, the series comes to North America for the first time, in Toronto in May 2018.

The goals of the conference are to foster critical and constructive discussion of new research results, and to bring diverse stakeholders together to identify and respond to grand challenges in the interplay between sustainability and digital technologies. The conference will feature roundtable discussions of new research, demos of new technologies, and poster presentations of late-breaking research results, along with inspiring keynote speakers and moderated challenge sessions for participants to explore and respond to big challenge questions about the role of technology in creating thriving, sustainable communities.

Opportunities for participation

We expect to attract an international group of 150-200 researchers, students, technology specialists and decision-makers. The conference represents an opportunity to meet the leaders of tomorrow, as many graduate students engaged in ICT4S research come to the conference to present their work.

For companies: We invite you to come to ICT4S to showcase new and emerging technologies for sustainability, and/or to present challenge problems for the international community of researchers. The presentation setting is relatively informal, with a focus on interactions on technical and strategic issues, and the creation of new partnerships.

For government and public sector: We invite you to bring case studies and challenge problems to the conference, as examples of the dilemmas faced by decision-makers at all levels of government as society grapples with the challenge of creating sustainable communities while tackling global issues such as climate change, social equity, and human well-being. We will organise structured and moderated discussion sessions to allow the participants to explore the context for these dilemmas, and develop ideas for innovative solutions.

For researchers: We invite you to submit full research papers reporting on research, development, case studies and experience reports to the conference for peer-review, and abstracts for work to be presented in our poster sessions. Accepted papers and abstracts will appear in a fully indexed, open access conference proceedings, and authors will be invited to present their work at the conference either at one of our round-table discussion sessions (“conver-stations”) or as a poster. This year we are also introducing a new “Journals First” track, allowing authors to submit abstracts of recently published papers in journals related to ICT4S, for presentation at the conference.

For everyone: Come to the conference to network with other participants, and discuss new ideas and new challenges in ICT & sustainability!


iCity-ORF Research Day 2018 @ Venue TBA.
Jun 22 all-day

Preceded by 8-10 a.m. iCity Advisory Committee Meeting.

Third annual iCity-ORF Research Day.

By invitation only.  More details TBA.

Two Short Courses on Public Transit 2018 @ University of Toronto, Galbraith Building, Room GB202
Aug 13 @ 8:00 am – Aug 16 @ 5:00 pm

The University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute, in  collaboration with the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, is offering two back-to-back courses designed to provide participants with knowledge of key concepts and best practices related to public transit service planning and technology.

The first course, SCS 3378 Public Transit Planning & ITS (dates to be confirmed), provides an overview of key concepts and best practices related to transit planning, network and service design, service standards, transit and land use, and the application of ITS technologies.

The second course, SCS 3379 Public Transit Modelling (dates to be confirmed), provides a complementary but more focused and advanced exploration of tools that can be used for forecasting demand at both the system and route levels, transit assignment, and microsimulation-based analysis. The courses will be taught by leading transit planning researchers and practitioners and will provide a balanced perspective on transit systems planning and ITS, including both state-of-the-art techniques and practical perspectives.

Detailed course information and registration to come.

For more information and to be notified when registration opens, please email or telephone (416) 978-4175.

Automotive UI ’18 @ Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto
Sep 23 – Sep 25 all-day
Outline of car with text UI

AutomotiveUI, the ACM International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, is the premier forum for UI research in the automotive domain. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners interested in both the technical and the human aspects of in-vehicle user interfaces and applications, to provide a forum for the exchange of technical information concerning research (and practice) and educational activities for motor vehicle user interface development.