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Information and Communication Technologies


Information and Communication Technologies

The Government has published CO2 emission reduction targets for 2050 and now private sector enterprises must make the choice between meeting carbon reduction targets or paying heavy fines.

Green IT can involve a number of initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of an organisation’s computing operation. It is a concept that is gaining momentum, but it is an area that is complicated by misinformation and misperceptions.

This research theme is focused on:

  • Understanding the application of ICT to drive sustainability by using these technologies for intelligent control, management and monitoring.
  • Ensuring ICT systems are resourced and energy efficient.
  • Green IT strategies, including initiatives such as energy efficient thin-client computers, power management facilities and intelligent iPrint devices to reduce the impact on the environment.

Research Expertise:

  • Cliffe Schreuders
    Dr Z. Cliffe Schreuders is a Senior Lecturer in computer security at Leeds Beckett University. His main research interests are usable security, sandboxing and access control, and free and open source software and culture.
  • Professor Eddie Halpin
    Edward has a background in politics, community development and social informatics/information management. He has worked as an expert for the European Parliament Scientific and Technical Options (STOA) Unit on human rights information, the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN), the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (Monitoring Children’s Rights: A Tool Kit for Community-Based Organisations), and is an associate Schumann Fellow of the European University in Florence. He has undertaken research funded by the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, European Parliament, European Commission, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), British Council, Rowntree, and other charitable trusts.
  • Professor Mohammad Dastbaz
    Professor Mohammad Dastbaz is Dean of Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology and a Professor of Informatics. He has led FP7 European projects, JISC and ERDF projects as well as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. His main area of research is on e-learning, semantic web, eGovernment and sustainable futures.
  • Emlyn Butterfield
    Emlyn is a Senior Lecturer and BSc Forensics & Security course leader. Emlyn is Computer Forensic Expert Witness acting as a consultant for external clients.
  • Dr Mark Dixon
    Dr. Mark Dixon is a Senior Lecturer and active researcher within the School of Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering.
  • Dr Muthu Ramachandran
    Dr Muthu Ramachandran is currently a Principal Lecturer in the Computing and Creative Technologies School as part of the Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. Previously, he spent nearly eight years in industrial research (Philips Research Labs and Volantis Systems Ltd, Surrey, UK) where he worked on software architecture, reuse, and testing. Prior to that he was teaching at Liverpool John Moores University and received his PhD from Lancaster University.
  • Jackie Campbell
    Jackie started working at Leeds Beckett a few years ago after working in Industry, starting as a programmer and moving onto systems analysis and team leading and then as a Database Consultant.
  • Dr Pip Trevorrow
    Dr. Pip Trevorrow is a Research Fellow and Lecturer. She is Module Leader for the MSc Research Practice module and the MSc Dissertation module and also undertakes supervision of PhD. students. Her main research interest is within Sport and Technology.
  • Dr Ah-Lian Kor
    Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering and Course Leader for MSc Green Computing.
  • Dr Victor Chang
    Victor Chang is a Senior Lecturer in Computing. Before joining Leeds Beckett, he was a Lecturer in IS/IT Architect at the University of Greenwich. He was the IT Manager/technical lead in manager in a London-based NHS hospital and university.
  • Dr Steve Wilkinson
    Steve is a Principal Lecturer and the Course Leader for the MSc in Advanced Engineering Management.
  • Professor Colin Pattinson
    Professor of Mobile and Converging Technologies and Head of School of Computing and creative technologies, his research focuses on sustainable “green” IT and computer network management
  • Dr Peter Young
    Dr Peter Young, a visiting LSI Fellow from Colorado State University is also currently working with the LSI.

Case Studies

The JISC Green IT Programme

Stakeholders of the Leeds Beckett Green IT research group are focusing their research efforts on green and sustainability issues in IT, developing a framework for reduced energy consumption and carbon footprints for organisations that are moving towards embracing Green IT.

The JISC Green IT funded research programme, entitled Does Thin Client Mean Energy Efficiency?, has investigated the energy consumption of thin-client technology.

The programme has made a significant contribution to the debate on sustainability in IT and has also informed the EU’s e-science research community. It has provided an independent, measurement-based assessment for Cisco System’s energy management system, and it has also measured the energy demand of client-server systems and data centre improvements for JISC.

ThinC Efficiency Projects
The use of desktop PC-based (thick client) technology in supporting university IT applications is being challenged by the emergence of thin client systems, claiming to offer a more energy-efficient solution, by virtue of the distribution of workload and resource demands - especially energy.

For more information please visit our research case studies web pages