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June 29, 2010 / or4green

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The “Interorganisational — supply chain management” blog had a post a couple of months back listing a number of calls for papers related to green/sustainable supply chains.

Another call for papers is out for the 14th Symposium for Systems Analysis in Forest Resources (14th SSAFR), 8 to 11 March, 2011, Chile. From the site:

Topics of interest in the meeting include: strategic forest planning, operational and tactical planning, environmental issues, fire and pests, spatial problems, hierarchical problems, forest operations, forest supply chain, multiple objectives, uncertainty, GIS and information technologies, algorithmic developments, exact methods, heuristics and metaheuristics.
We will also invite speakers to present on topics such as sustainability, economics of sustainability, wood for energy, carbon capturing, landscape ecology and growth/yield modeling.

Thomas Thwaites is building a toaster from scratch. The materials he is using are copper, iron, nickel, mica, and plastic. He starts by mining the materials. See his Toaster Project site for more information and videos. And check out the toaster posts on this blog.

The MathWorks recently ran a webinar entitled “Modeling a Wind Turbine Using MathWorks Tools”, their best known tools being Matlab and Simulink. The demo impressively combined the tools leading to a full-fledged simulation of the system. There was also the capability to convert the simulation to C code to facilitate sweeps through the model’s parameter space. A recorded version of this webinar is available at the link above. In addition, the model used in the webinar can be downloaded here.

The Second International Workshop on Constraint Reasoning and Optimization for Computational Sustainability (CROCS at CPAIOR-10) was held recently. The interesting list of accepted papers includes “The optimal routing problem in the context of battery-powered electric vehicles” by A. Artmeier et al. The meeting falls under the computational sustainability umbrella. A prior workshop was mentioned here.

The Wilderness Society offers a $10,000 scholarship to graduate students “who have the potential to make a significant positive difference in the long term protection of wilderness in North America”. See the impressive list of past recipients here.

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