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2019 Doctoral Consortium on Computational Sustainability

The CompSust Doctoral Consortium (DC) 2019 focuses on computational methods for balancing environmental, economic, and societal needs for a sustainable future. The main goals of CompSust DC 2019 are to:

  • Promote discussion and collaboration among students and researchers,
  • Give participants a chance to hear about relevant computational techniques and how they are applied in sustainability applications, and
  • Provide students and junior researchers opportunities to present their own work and get feedback.

Through tutorials, panels, discussions, and poster sessions, the program will investigate the major problem domains that impact global sustainability and the fundamental computational methods that support advances in these domains.

The Doctoral Consortium will provide partial travel funding for eligible graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and junior researchers, including junior faculty.

Dates: October 18-20, 2019.

Location: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Submission website:

Important dates
Doctoral consortium application deadlineSeptember 4, 2019
Notification of acceptanceSeptember 11, 2019
Early registration deadlineSeptember 18, 2019
ConferenceOctober 18-20, 2019

Why attend?

Here are some great reasons to attend:

  • Hear talks and tutorials from faculty and researchers in computational sustainability.
  • Network and meet other students and researchers in computational sustainability.
  • Promote your work to other students and researchers, and start collaborating on new work.
  • Get feedback on your work in progress.
  • Practice presenting your work.

Apply to attend the Doctoral Consortium

Applications should be submitted through Microsoft CMT:

Please see the additional instructions on the submission page. In particular, you will be asked to provide:

  • A brief cover letter (in plain text) explaining the nature of your research and how your interests relate to computational sustainability,
  • A title and abstract for your research, to be presented as a poster and/or talk. (Students may participate without presenting work — write "No Presentation" in the title box — though this will decrease their chance of acceptance.),
  • A copy of your CV as PDF,
  • Whether you'd be interested in leading a tutorial related to some technical aspect of your work,
  • Details about your approximate travel plans, if requesting travel funding.

Funding rules

We guarantee funding for up to $500 of travel costs as well as full reimbursement of the early registration fee. Hotels will be provided for all out-of-town participants. These funds are for the support of participants at U.S. institutions.

  • Those requesting travel funding through this program are expected to minimize travel costs where possible.
  • Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to $500 per participant.
  • Air travel will only be reimbursed if the participant uses a U.S. air carrier.
  • Those traveling from the region around Pittsburgh (about 6 hrs or less by car) should bus or drive rather than fly.
  • Those driving are expected to carpool if possible. We can assist with coordinating carpools.
  • Those requiring an exception from these restrictions should make this clear in the application and discuss with the chairs.

Contact information

If you have questions, please contact

Past conferences

  • Priya Donti (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Lily Xu (Harvard University)
  • Genevieve Flaspohler (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Aaron Ferber (University of Southern California)
  • Sebastian Ament (Cornell University)
Steering Committee
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