September 2021 ACM SIGEnergy Newsletter


  1. ACM eEnergy 2021 & 2022
  2. The First ACM SIGEnergy Workshop on Fair, Accountable, Transparent, and Ethical AI for Smart Environments and Energy Systems
  3. Call for papers – EIR
  4. New job opportunities
  5. ACM SIGEnergy resource for energy-related datasets
  6. Posting additional information (contact Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal: [email protected])

1. ACM eEnergy 2021 & 2022

The 8th ACM International Conference on Systems for Built Environments (BuildSys’21) will be held November 18-19, 2021 in Coimbra, Portugal. There are also 4 workshops and one Ph.D. forum that will be held in conjunction with this conference. The registration is now open. For more information, please refer to the following link:

2. The First ACM SIGEnergy Workshop on Fair, Accountable, Transparent, and Ethical AI for Smart Environments and Energy Systems

With the advent of IoT, high performance computing, and ubiquitous and smart sensing, the SenSys/BuildSys community is noticing a big shift in the adoption of data-driven black-box modeling (also referred to as AI) to solve problems in the space of smart environments and energy systems. As a result, these AI-enabled systems for smart buildings, smart cities, smart grids, electric transportation, among others are attaining better accuracy and efficiency numbers every year. However, these data-driven black-box solutions are rarely held accountable for the impact of their actions on the human in the loop which significantly impacts their real-world adoption. To truly conceptualize the idea of smart systems for everyone, it is critical to study AI-enabled smart environments and energy systems to enforce energy equity and ensure not just clean and resilient energy systems, but also make them affordable and accessible for all. The first ACM SIGEnergy workshop on Fair, Accountable, Transparent, and Ethical AI for Smart Environments and Energy Systems intends to bring together researchers from diverse backgrounds and discuss key issues, challenges, breakthroughs, and socio-economic impact in developing fair, accountable, transparent, and ethical AI techniques for smart environments and energy systems.

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: September 3, 2021 (AOE)
Author Notifications: September 24, 2021 (AOE)
Camera-ready: October 1, 2021 (AOE)
Submission Link:

3. Call for papers – EIR

ACM SIGENERGY Energy Informatics Review (EIR) is a new online publication venue for articles on topics within the SIG’s field of interest. It seeks high-quality papers at the intersection of computing and communication technologies with smart and sustainable energy systems and the built infrastructure.
The submission deadline for the second issue is November 1st, 2021.

Please check the following link for further information:

4. New job opportunities

Research Assistant / Post-Doctoral Fellow in Internet of Things Department: Internet of Things Thrust Area, Information Hub, HKUST(GZ)

For Research Assistant: with a Bachelor/Master degree.
For Postdoc Fellow: with a Ph.D. degree.

Applicants who have a background on one or more of the following research topics are encouraged to apply:

Reinforcement Learning with applications in mission-critical IoT and 
Networked Control systems
Modeling of Dynamic Systems
Distributed Optimizations and Algorithm Designs
Stochastic Optimization and Analysis with a focus on wireless communications and IoT systems
Distributed Machine Learning algorithms and frameworks
Distributed Machine Learning systems (experience with ML frameworks like TensorFlow and PyTorch)

Application Procedure: Applications should be sent to <[email protected]> together with
(i) full CV;
(ii) research statement;
(iii) up to five most representative publications in PDF formats; and
(iv) names and contact information of three referees.

For any specific questions, please address to [email protected] with a subject title of “Application to PDF-IoT (3)”. You can also find additional information through the following link:

5. ACM SIGEnergy resource for energy-related datasets

The ACM SIGEnergy website has a Resources page with a variety of datasets freely available for use by the energy community. It is available at

We invite each of you to share any energy-related datasets, models, and software that we haven’t added to this page. Please send this information directly to Omid Ardakanian at [email protected].

6. 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 [email protected].

As always, the ACM SIGEnergy website has the latest information. We welcome you to peruse it

Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal,
Communications Director, ACM SIGEnergy