February 2020 ACM EIG-ENERGY Newsletter


  1. ACM e-Energy 2020 conference venue and hotel booking
  2. 5 high-quality workshops collocated with ACM e-Energy 2020 — Call for papers
  3. ACM e-Energy 2021 – Call for site proposals *** deadline 25 
    Feb 2020 ***
  4. PhD(s)/Postdoc(s) in Digital Energy at Aalborg University
  5. Sign up to The CityLearn Challenge
  6. Special Issue on “Energy Data Analytics for Smart Meter Data” in MDPI Energies
  7. ACM BuildSys 2019 conference report
  8. ACM EIG-ENERGY resource for energy-related data sets
  9. Posting additional information (contact Arun Vishwanath: arvishwa@au1.ibm.com)

1. ACM e-Energy 2020 conference venue and hotel booking

The conference between 23rd and 25th of June 2020 will be held in the Clarendon Ballroom at The Langham Melbourne. The tutorials (22nd) and workshops (26th) will be held in the IBM building next door.

The venue information is available here https://energy.acm.org/conferences/eenergy/2020/conferencevenue.php

We have negotiated special rates at The Langham for conference attendees. You can book the hotel now via the promo-link posted at the above link.

2. 5 high-quality workshops collocated with ACM e-Energy 2020 – Call 
for papers

Every year, ACM e-Energy features collocated workshops on new trends or emerging topics of interest to the energy research community. Continuing this trend, ACM e-Energy 2020 will include 5 high-quality workshops to be held on 26 June 2020.

The details of the 5 workshops and call for paper deadlines are posted at https://energy.acm.org/conferences/eenergy/2020/workshops.php

Please plan to submit your workshop papers now.

3. ACM e-Energy 2021 – Call for site proposals *** deadline 25 Feb 2020 ***

The ACM e-Energy steering committee is calling for site proposals to host the conference in 2021. The submission instructions are posted here https://energy.acm.org/conferences/eenergy/2020/call-for-site.php

Kindly follow the instructions to submit your interest to host the 2021 conference.

*** Deadline for submitting your proposals is 25 Feb 2020. ***

4. PhD(s)/Postdoc(s) in Digital Energy at Aalborg University

One or more position(s) on Digital Energy are available at the Center for Data-intensive Systems (Daisy), Department of Computer Science at Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark. The position(s) are available for a flexible date between May and September, 2020.

Additional information and application instructions are posted at https://research.cs.wisc.edu/dbworld/messages/2020-01/1580223485.html

Contact: Prof. Torben Bach Pedersen <tbp@cs.aau.dk>

5. Sign up to The CityLearn Challenge

Periods of high demand for electricity raise electricity prices and the overall cost of the power distribution networks. Flattening, smoothening, and reducing the overall curve of electrical demand helps reduce operational and capital costs of electricity generation, transmission, and distribution networks. If you are interested in participating, please sign up at https://nagy.caee.utexas.edu/the-citylearn-challenge-sign-up-now/

6. Special Issue on “Energy Data Analytics for Smart Meter Data” in MDPI Energies

The deadline for submitting manuscripts to this special issue is 30 Sep 2020. Additional information and call for papers are available at https://www.mdpi.com/journal/energies/special_issues/Smart_Meter

7. ACM BuildSys 2019 conference report

The Sixth ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings, Cities, and Transportation (BuildSys’19), was held at Columbia University in New York City, NY, USA on November 13-14th, 2019. As before, the conference was co-located with ACM SenSys sharing the joint keynote, poster and demo, and 1-minute madness sessions. The focus of the conference is continuing to extend beyond building systems to the built environment more generally. This year, we updated the conference name to highlight this extension and explicitly included buildings, cities, and transportation.

This year we had a record number of 150 participants at the conference and workshops. The conference included presentations from 30 full papers and 8 notes papers, and 13 demos and 18 posters. The keynotes are given by Prof. Prabal Dutta on “Enabling the SmartGrid with IoT Sensors and Edge-Cloud Analytics” and Prof. Burcu Akinci on “Context Driven Analytics and AI for Infrastructure and Facility Management.”

Please see all the paper awardees and runners-up listed below. Further information about the conference can be found at http://buildsys.acm.org/2019.

Best Paper Award:

Gnu-RL: A Precocial Reinforcement Learning Solution for Building HVAC Control Using a Differentiable MPC Policy
Bingqing Chen (Carnegie Mellon University); Zicheng Cai (Dell Technologies); Mario Berges (Carnegie Mellon University)

Best Paper Runner-Up Awards:

Data-Driven Energy and Population Estimation for Real-Time City-Wide Energy Footprinting
Peter Wei, Xiaofan Jiang (Columbia University)

One Size Does Not Fit All: Multi-Scale, Cascaded RNNs for Radar Classification
Dhrubojyoti Roy, Sangeeta Srivastava (The Ohio State University); Aditya Kusupati (University of Washington, Microsoft Research India); Pranshu Jain (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi); Manik Varma (Microsoft Research India, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi); Anish Arora (The Ohio State University)

Best Demo Award:

Autonomous Inventory Monitoring through Multi-Modal Sensing (AIM3S) for Cashier-Less Stores
Carlos Ruiz (Carnegie Mellon University), Joao Falcao (Carnegie Mellon University), Shijia Pan (University of California Merced), Hae Young Noh (Carnegie Mellon University), Pei Zhang (Carnegie Mellon University)

Best Demo Runner-Up Awards:

Colloidal Luminaries for Architectural Lighting
Nina Lutz, V. Michael Bove (MIT Media Lab)

No Time to Waste, with SWAM!
Sébastien Faye (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)), Foued Melakessou (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)), Prune Gautier (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)), Djamel Khadraoui (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST))

Best Poster Award:

Monitoring Electric Grid Reliability Using Satellite Data
Zeal Shah (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Jay Taneja (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Best Poster Runner-Up Awards:

Measuring Routine Variability of Daily Activities with Image Complexity Metrics
Bogyeong Lee (Texas A&M University), Changbum Ryan Ahn (Texas A&M University), Prakhar Mohan (Texas A&M University), Theodora Chaspari (Texas A&M University), Hyun-Soo Lee (Seoul National University)

Reduced state space and cost function in reinforcement learning for demand response control of multiple EV charging stations
Manu Lahariya (Ghent University), Nasrin Sadeghianpourhamami (Ghent University), Chris Develder (Ghent University)

8. ACM EIG-ENERGY resource for energy-related data sets

The ACM EIG-Energy website has a Resources page with a variety of data sets freely available for use by the energy community. It is available at https://energy.acm.org/resources/

We invite each of you to share any energy-related data sets, models and software that we haven’t added to this page. Please send this information directly to Omid Ardakanian.

9. Posting additional information

If you would like to post additional information such as academic job opportunities, Ph.D. scholarships, or a new energy systems course, then please send me the details and I will include them in the next monthly newsletter. My email address is arvishwa@au1.ibm.com.

As always, the ACM EIG-ENERGY website has the latest information. We welcome you to peruse it https://energy.acm.org/