Vlad C. Coroamă is a senior research associate with the Institute for Pervasive Computing of the ETH. He holds a computer science MSc degree from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, and a PhD from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Before joining the ETH, he held postdoc and research positions at the University of Sao Paulo
, Brazil, the Technology and Society Lab
of the Swiss Federal Labs for Material Science and Technology Empa, the Industrial Ecology Lab
of the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon as well as the Centre for Industrial Ecology
of the University of Coimbra in Portugal, and the Centre for Sustainable Communications (CESC)
of the KTH Stockholm.
For more than a decade, his research revolved around the relation between Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and sustainability. In the past, he focused more on the social and economic dimensions, analyzing the implications of technology for the visually impaired
or how ICT might change economic models
In recent years, Vlad's research focus changed towards the environmental dimension of sustainability. He contributed both methodologically, and with concrete assessments, to understanding the environmental impact of ICT in general and the Internet in particular. His most recent research interest is in the abatement potential of ICT (i.e., its potential to reduce the energy footprint of society at large). This potential has often been claimed, but most existing assessments use questionable methods and anecdotal evidence at best.
Vlad believes that climate change is the most urgent challenge of our times, and one of the great challenges faced by humankind throughout its history. He is an advocate of Dave MacKay’s point
that, when it comes to energy and carbon, the attention of scientists and the public should only focus on the solutions that scale. Every little does not help. This is why his main research interest lies in exploring whether ICT could indeed lead to society-wide dematerialization and resource efficiency and how to best exploit it.
His publications are listed e.g. on his google scholar page
or on ResearchGate