The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) in Pervasive Computing and Communications for Sustainable Development (PERCCOM) aims at combining advanced Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with environmental awareness to enable world-class education and unique competencies for ICT professionals who can build cleaner, greener, more resource, and energy-efficient cyber-physical systems.
The future world challenges include the impact of technological development and new emerging technologies on the 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.
The 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 a new business paradigm as the circular economy. The major effort of Engineering focuses then on resource efficiency.