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Workshop on Human Centered Energy Management

1st Interdisciplinary Workshop on Human Centered Energy Management
to be held from 7th to 11th of July 2014
at Lakeside Science & Technology Park, Klagenfurt, Austria.

An inter-faculty research field “Energy Management and Energy Technologies”, staffed by academics from a wide range of disciplines, has recently been established at the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt (AAU Klagenfurt). Research efforts focus on energy management and energy innovation, networked and de- central energy systems. Together with the Faculty of Technical Sciences (TeWi), the Faculty for Management and Economics (WiWi) and the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies (IFF), this new research area will be further developed in cooperation with external partners such as the Lakeside Park.

The Lakeside Park is a platform for cooperation between enterprises and university institutions in the information and communication technology (ICT) sectors. A place of interdisciplinary research and development, training, production and services. The focus of the Lakeside Park is on selected topics of information and communication technology and complementary technologies such as energy systems. In the Interreg IV projects “Smart Energy” and “Efficient, Effective, Smart” the Lakeside Park establishes inter-regional contacts to strengthen collaborative research and development. Therefore, the Lakeside Park and the AAU introduce this novel interdisciplinary workshop with focus on “Human Centered Energy Management”.

Lakeside Park Klagenfurt with a view to the Wörthersee

Human Centered Energy Management

To ensure an efficient production, supply and consumption of energy, it is necessary to introduce novel technologies. Energy monitoring units, new smart control and managing techniques shall improve energy efficiency in the smallest entities of the common power grid – the Smart Building with its inhabitants and its neighborhood. In that respect the individual human being plays a crucial role for energy management tasks. On the one hand it is necessary to improve the energy efficiency of the costumer’s home to reduce energy consumption and costs. On the other hand also the decrease of environmental pollution by optimal utilization of energy resources is a major task of future energy systems.

The proposed workshop “Human Centered Energy Management” takes up these tasks and tries to identify problems and solutions for human centered energy management tasks in an interdisciplinary manner.

Format and Objectives

The aim of the workshop is to give regional experts, such as local professors and young researchers of the AAU, the opportunity to discuss and elaborate ideas with world-wide experts and to introduce and to discuss further ideas in an interdisciplinary setup. Therefore, participants with academic backgrounds and an interest on novel smart energy management systems as well as companies and research institutes are welcome to present and to discuss their research tasks and ideas.

The workshop will have a dedicated “industry day” providing the companies a platform to introduce their problems and to elaborate possible solutions and ideas with experts in the field of energy systems from different disciplines. The general format of the workshop lasts one week with key-speaker inputs and group work with discussions and presentations. Therefore, the event provides an excellent platform for scientific exchange, networking, establishment of international collaboration and the initiation of joint research projects.

Addressed Topics:

  • ICT solutions and approaches for smart home management and systems for integrated energy management.
  • Integration of smart and legacy appliances, renewable energy sources and storage systems in buildings to improve energy efficiency and awareness of inhabitants.
  • Identification, modeling and simulation of energy systems and human behavior
  • Energy data analysis and feedback approaches and behavior influencing information systems
  • Economics and law aspects of human centered energy managements systems in respect to smart homes, smart metering and energy data analysis as well as for renewable energy production and storage systems.
  • Market and business models for ICT-based energy services designed to improve the recent power grid and homes.

For more information about the workshop and how it is possible to participate, please contact dominik.egarter@aau.at.

Wie das intelligente Stromnetz unser Leben beeinflusst

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Wilfried Elmenreich
Institut für Vernetzte und Eingebettete Systeme
Fachbereich Smart Grids
12. Dezember 2013
17 Uhr c.t.
Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Oman-Saal Z.1.29

Wie das intelligente Stromnetz unser Leben beeinflusst

Um einen bewussteren Energieverbrauch zu ermöglichen und die Abkehr von fossilen Brennstoffen durch Innovationen wie Photovoltaik, Windkraft und Elektromobilität optimal unterstützen zu können ist eine Erweiterung des Stromnetzes mit Hilfe von Kommunikationstechnologie notwendig.
Ein solches intelligentes Stromnetz verspricht bessere Steuerbarkeit, mehr Übersicht und ermöglicht in Konsequenz einen gezielteren Energieverbrauch und die Einbindung von dezentral organisierter Stromerzeugung aus erneuerbaren Energien. Der Umstieg auf ein intelligentes Stromnetz wird die Art und Weise wie wir Energie verwenden allerdings verändern, was weitreichende Konsequenzen bis hin in unser Alltagsleben nach sich zieht.

Zur Person

wilfried_elmenreich220wWilfried Elmenreich ist Professor für Smart Grids an der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. Er studierte Informatik an der Technischen Universität Wien und erhielt dort 2008 die venia docendi für das Fach Technische Informatik. Ende 2007 wechselte er als Senior Researcher an die Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. Nach einer Vertretungsprofessur an der Universität Passau trat Elmenreich 2013 den Ruf an die Universität Klagenfurt an. Wilfried Elmenreich ist Mitglied des Senats an der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt und Counselor des IEEE Student Branch. Er ist Herausgeber mehrerer Bücher und hat über 100 Fachartikel auf dem Gebiet der vernetzen und eingebetteten Systeme veröffentlicht. Elmenreich betreibt Forschungsblogs zu den Themen Selbstorganisierende Systeme, Smart Grids und vernetzte eingebettete Systeme.

PhD position at ETH Zurich on public acceptance of energy infrastructure

The newly formed Human-Environment Systems (HES) group at ETH Zürich seeks to hire a PhD student, commencing as soon as possible, for a period of up to three years. Our group is part of the Institute for Environmental Decisions, within the Department for Environmental Systems Science. The student would pursue research within the thematic area of energy, development and security (HES:EDS) in an externally funded research project.

The HES:EDS thematic area concerns social and governance challenges and risks of a transition to a very large electricity system with high shares of renewables, spanning all of Europe, and possibly North Africa and the Middle East. Issues we are investigating include:

• the social acceptance of devoting large land areas to renewable power generation, centralized and decentralized, and transmission in one’s own back yard and in far off places;
• the methods and tools to involve stakeholders in the processes concerning electricity infrastructures and generation facilities, and the governance options to resolve competing interests for scarce resources, primarily land and water;
• the social and political implications of a system transformation, in particular energy security and human development impacts of cooperation between industrialised and developing regions, and ways of arriving at improved outcomes;
• the financing, construction and maintenance of an integrated power system across disparate and changing political and regulatory systems.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to contribute to research within all research lines of the HES-EDS group, but in particular within the area of social acceptance of electricity transmission lines. Funding for this work comes from a new, European Commission-funded research project: INSPIRE-Grid (“Improved and eNhanced Stakeholders Participation In Reinforcement of Electricity Grid”), and the successful application will work with other project members in completing the research tasks already specified. The overall aim of this project is to provide the evidence base to support improvements to the permission processes for new electricity transmission lines in Europe, and in so doing improve the feasibility of renewable power options. The research tasks to be undertaken at ETH Zürich include analysing existing practices in different national contexts including different stakeholders’ needs and concern. The focus will be on why people oppose or support electricity grid projects, and what possible changes in the permission processes for such projects could accomplish.

Qualifications and skills: We seek a person with some degree of background knowledge on energy systems, gained through study or work experience, who is interested in focusing on social science research questions involving quantitative and qualitative methods, leading to a continuing career in research. Suitable candidates will hold a master’s degree in a relevant social science (e.g. political science, sociology, economics) or interdisciplinary field (e.g. environmental studies, geography, public policy). Excellent command of oral and written English, and willingness to actively engage with new concepts and methods in an interdisciplinary and international team are essential requirements. Proficiency in German, French, or Arabic would be an advantage, but is not a requirement. Prior work or research experience in risk communication processes would also be an advantage.

Position: We intend the position to be the context within which the successful candidate will complete a PhD degree. This will entail a limited amount of coursework, the preparation of a self-motivated research plan consistent with the INSPIRE-Grid project obligations, and ultimately the writing of a number of separate research papers for publication in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Depending on the candidate’s past course transcripts, the ETH Zürich doctoral program office may also require the successful applicant to pass one or more entrance examinations within the first year. PhD students at ETH Zürich also typically engage in some undergraduate teaching, participate in workshops and seminars, and take on limited administrative duties.

The position will start as soon as possible, and is intended to be for a period of three years, within which time the successful candidate will fulfil project commitments and complete a PhD. The initial contract will be for a period of one year, with a transparent review process to determine annual renewal.

The working location will be Zürich, Switzerland, with some work-related travel within and potentially outside of Europe. All members of the HES group contribute to and benefit from a dynamic, friendly, and supportive work environment, where they have the opportunity to pursue independent and self-motivated scholarship at the same time as they benefit from close collaboration with more senior colleagues, as well as a wide international network. We have a policy of supporting all HES group members in their professional development, including attending academic conferences and workshops, and assistance in preparing for their next professional step. ETH Zürich consistently ranks among the top universities in the world, while the city of Zürich is one of the most liveable. Salaries and benefits are extremely competitive, and compensate for the high cost of living in Switzerland.

Application process: To apply, please submit a written application as an email attachment to Anthony Patt, whose contact information may be found on the HES website: www.hes.ethz.ch<http://www.hes.ethz.ch/> . Please include the words “PhD Student Application” in the email header. The application, in English, will consist of: (a) a cover letter, in which you describe your background, interest in the position, and interest in pursuing a PhD degree at ETH Zürich; (b) a resume or curriculum vitae, including past education, qualifications, work experience, and any publications; (c) scanned copies of university grades or transcripts at the bachelor and masters levels, with any additional information needed to interpret that information; (d) the names, affiliation, and contact information (telephone and email address) of two references who would be willing to discuss your qualifications. If you wish to submit a sample of written work, please feel free to do so.

You will receive a confirmation of receipt within several days. On 12 September 2013 the team members involved in the INSPIRE-Grid project (Anna Scolobig, Anthony Patt, and Johan Lilliestam) will review all applications received by then, and will continue to review new applications until the position is filled. Following the initial review, we will schedule telephone interviews with a short list of candidates, and may invite one or more candidates for an interview in Zürich. We will notify all unsuccessful candidates as soon as we have reached an agreement with the successful candidate. It is our intention to make a decision as quickly as possible after having received an excellent application from a suitable candidate. We welcome international applications, and applications from women, disabled people, and historically disadvantaged minority groups.

(NOTE: DO NOT submit applications to the email address energy@env.ethz.ch<mailto:energy@env.ethz.ch>. Instead, use the address for Prof. Anthony Patt found on the www.hes.ethz.ch<http://www.hes.ethz.ch/> website)