The future world challenges include impact of technological development and new emerging technologies on environment and require an enormous effort to efficiently address air, water, food and energy challenges. The Smart 2020 report written by the international climate group recommends to intensively deploy Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) both for enhancing the monitoring of environment and human activities (industry, building, transport, etc) and for distributed smart ICT systems for enabling to mitigate the pollution, the waste, food quality and supply, energy constraints, etc. Higher education sector has both a responsibility and a response to those challenges by educating ICT professionals with high expertise in networking, computing and programming, capable to design, develop, deploy and maintain both communication architectures and pervasive computing systems for sustainable development. Moreover, the traditional methodologies in distributed system engineering have to be adapted and reviewed for minimizing the ICT footprint on the environment in terms of carbon emission, radio wave propagation, waste, technological pollution, energy efficiency, resource reuse, etc. The networked system engineering has to be globally rethought in the context of new business paradigm as the circular economy. The major effort of Engineering focuses then on the resource efficiency.
The objectives of PERCCOM Master include:
1. To address educational challenges and attract students according to the new market demand expressed by OECD in the reports on “OECD Information Technology Outlook 2010” and “The 2011 Gartner Scenario: Current States and Future Directions of the IT Industry”, by the European Commission adopted in 2009 a recommendation saying the ICT sector should lead the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon economy, and by companies developing new green ICT projects (Cf 2009 Gartner report: The Impact of Recession on Green IT: Survey Results).
2. To synergise the strengths, competence and diverse aspects of education in sustainable networks, software and services, pervasive computing systems and communications and develop a common platform of competence within the guidelines of the Bologna process,
3. To provide future Masters students with competences, skills and knowledge in computer communications, wireless networking, mobile technologies, software engineering, pervasive and distributed systems, and to make them aware of the impact that ICT makes on the environment and efficient use of resources.
4. To educate students in the direction of the “green digital charter” committing the European Cities to reduce emissions through Information and Communications Technologies . It was launched on 27 November 2009 at the EUROCITIES annual conference. Currently, about 20 European Cities have signed the charter. Today 50% of the population is living in cities and in a decade or two it is estimated to grow to 80%. This requires efficient use of resources in city environments and a vital component in this development is ICT. Students will be educated in how to apply ICT in this context, within the parameters of environmental opportunities and constraints. Moreover, the students will be capable to design network architectures and distributed systems that reduce energy consumption, in following circular economy approach for optimizing the resource reuse.
5. To propose the new International Master degree with no currently available match at international level filling the gap between ICT skills and environmental considerations.