CS/INFO 6702 Topics in Computational Sustainability


Computer Science and Information Science

Spring 2010

Cornell University


Instructor: Carla Gomes


Faculty Team: Jon Conrad,  Steve Ellner, Carla Gomes, and  Mary Lou Zeeman


Teaching Assistants: Bistra Dilkina and Georgios Piliouras


Web page: http://www.cs.cornell.edu/Courses/cs6702/2010sp/



Suggested Readings


·        Economics and Human Behavior



    • Human Well-Being and Poverty


Human Well-Being and the Natural Environment link

Prasha Dasgupta


African poverty: a grand challenge for sustainability science. link

Robert W. Kates, Partha Dasgupta (2007)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104 (43) p. 16747-50


Persistent Poverty and informal credit. link

Paulo Santos and Christopher B. Barrett


Social Network Capital, Economic Mobility and Poverty Traps link

Sommarat Chantarat and Christopher B. Barrett


    • Over-Population



Quantifying sustainable development:  The future of tropical economies. link

Hall, C.A.S. (Ed.) Academic Press.  2000. 


The Need to Reintegrate the Natural Sciences with Economics. link

Hall, C.A.S., D. Lindenberger, R. Kummell, T. Kroeger and W. Eichorn.

Bioscience 51:663-673. 2001



    • Infectious Diseases



Infectious diseases of humans: dynamics and control

RM Anderson, RM May - New York, 1991 - Oxford Univ Press


Large-scale spatial-transmission models of infectious disease link  

Riley S. Science 316 (5829): 1298–301  (June 2007).


The Economic Dynamics of Antibiotic Efficacy under Open Access. Herrmann, Markus and Gérard Gaudet. 2009.

 Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 57(3):334-350.


Wallinga J, van Boven M, Lipsitch M. 2010. Optimizing infectious disease
interventions during an emerging epidemic.
Proc. National Acad. Sci 107:

J. Medlock & A.P. Galvani. 2009. Optimizing influenza vaccine
distribution. Science, 325(5948): 1705–1708.

D.P. Wilson and S.M. Blower. 2005. Designing Equitable Antiretroviral
Allocation Strategies in Resource-Constrained Countries. PLoS Medicine 2:

Dushoff J, Plotkin JB, Viboud C, et al. 2007. Vaccinating to protect a
vulnerable subpopulation.
PLOS MEDICINE 4: 921-927.

Zaric, GS; Brandeau, ML. 2007. A little planning goes a long way:
Multilevel allocation of HIV prevention resources. MEDICAL DECISION
MAKING, 27: 71-81.

Tanner, MW; Sattenspiel, L; Ntaimo, L. 2008. Finding optimal vaccination
strategies under parameter uncertainty using stochastic programming.


Longini, IM; Nizam, A; Xu, SF; et al. 2005. Containing pandemic influenza
at the source.
SCIENCE, 309: 1083-1087.

Patel R, Longini IM, Halloran ME. 2005. Finding optimal vaccination
strategies for pandemic influenza using genetic algorithms. JOURNAL OF

Bravata, DM; Zaric, GS; Holty, JEC; et al. 2006. Reducing mortality from
anthrax bioterrorism: Strategies for stockpiling and dispensing medical
and pharmaceutical supplies.


    • Ecosystem Services (Incentives)



The tragedy of the commons. Hardin, G. 1968. Science, 162:1243–1248.


Ecosystem Services Special Feature: Efficiency of incentives to jointly increase carbon sequestration and species conservation on a landscape  link
Erik Nelson, Stephen Polasky, David J. Lewis, Andrew J. Plantinga, Eric Lonsdorf, Denis White, David Bael, and Joshua J. Lawler
PNAS 2008 105:9471-9476; doi:10.1073/pnas.0706178105

EcoTRADE - A multi-player network game of a tradable permit market for biodiversity credits. (link)
Hartig, F., Horn, M. & Drechsler, M.
Environmental Modelling & Software 2009
Abstract: EcoTRADE is a multi-player network game of a virtual biodiversity credit market. Each player controls the land use of a certain amount of parcels on a virtual landscape. The biodiversity credits of a particular parcel depend on neighboring parcels, which may be owned by other players. The game can be used to study the strategies of players in experiments or classroom games and as a communication tool for stakeholders participating in credit markets that include spatially interdependent credits.

Asymmetric information and contract design for payments for environmental services (link)
Paul J. Ferraro
Ecological Economics, Volume 65, Issue 4, May 2008


Trade-Offs in Allocating Allowances for CO2 Emissions

Terry Dinan (Congressional Budget Office) link



Tax deductions, environmental policy, and the "double dividend" hypothesis. link

Ian Parry and Antonio Bento


Games of Climate Change with International Trade (link)
Claudia Kemfert & Wietze Lise & Richard Tol
Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 28(2), pages 209-232, June, 2004


             Institutional incentives and sustainable development: infastructure policies in perspective link 

                         E Ostrom, LD Schroeder, SG Wynne - 1993




    • Social Networks, HCI



Leveraging Social Networks to Motivate Individuals to Reduce their Ecological Footprints,

Jennifer Mankoff, Deanna Matthews, Susan R. Fussell and Michael Johnson, Proceedings of HICSS 2007, pp. 87.



UbiGreen: Investigating a mobile tool for tracking and supporting green transportation habits.

J.Froehlich, T. Dillahunt, P. Klasnja, J. Mankoff, S. Consolvo, B. Harrison, J. Landay. Proc. CHI 2009


Citizen Science: Enabling Participatory Urbanism

Eric Paulos, R.J. Honicky, and Ben Hooker

Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City.

Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, IGI Global.

Edited by Marcus Foth, IGI Global, 2008



Mobile Persuasion for Everyday Behavior Change


in Mobile Persuasion: Perspectives on the Future of Influence

Sunny Consolvo, Eric Paulos, and Ian Smith

Edited by B.J Fogg, 2007


·        Background Info on the State of the Planet


·        Natural Resource Protection


·        Energy Resources


·        Human-Built Systems and Land Use


·        Books