October 2021 ACM SIGEnergy Newsletter


  1. ACM BuildSys’21 – Early-bird Registration — until October 15th
  2. ACM eEnergy’22 – Call for Papers
  3. Call for papers – EIR
  4. The Global AI Challenge for Building E&M Facilities – Call for Participation
  5. New job opportunities
  6. ACM SIGEnergy resource for energy-related datasets
  7. Posting additional information (contact Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal: [email protected])

1. ACM BuildSys’21 – Early-bird Registration

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:

Registration deadline:
Early bird: September 1st – October 15th
Late: October 16th – November 14th
On-site: November 15th onwards

2. ACM eEnergy’22 – Call for Papers

ACM e-Energy is the premier forum for research at the intersection of computing and communication technologies with energy systems. It has established a strong track record for high-quality research in the application of computing and networked systems to make legacy systems more energy-efficient and in the design, analysis, and development of sustainable and innovative energy systems. The Thirteenth ACM International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy) and its co-located tutorials and workshops will be held as a virtual event from June 28 – July 1, 2022. By bringing together researchers in a single-track conference designed to offer significant opportunities for personal interaction, it is a major forum for shaping the future of this area.

Important Dates:
January 28, 2022 (23:59 AoE): Paper registration deadline
February 4, 2022 (23:59 AoE): Paper submission deadline
April 5, 2022: Author notification
April 29, 2022 (23:59 AoE): Revision submission deadline
May 19, 2022: Revision notification
May 26, 2022 (23:59 AoE): Camera-ready submission
June 28 – July 1, 2022: ACM e-Energy 2022 conference
More information:  https://energy.acm.org/conferences/eenergy/2022/cfp.php

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: https://energy.acm.org/eir/call-for-papers/

4. The Global AI Challenge for Building E&M Facilities – Call for Participation

Buildings are main energy consumers, and they account for more than 40% of total energy consumption in the world. The recent development of AI technologies has brought unprecedented opportunities for energy saving in buildings. In recent years, a number of data-driven AI technologies have been developed and they have shown great potential in energy saving. Nevertheless, advanced AI technologies still need to be developed. A shortage of open data set also prevents the development of AI technologies.

The Global AI Challenge is co-organized by Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD), Hong Kong SAR Government, and Guangdong Provincial Association for Science and Technology. It is a competition to develop AI models for a demand load forecasting problem. Some highlights are:

Open building data, in particular, dense environment and operational data of HVAC systems in a commercial complex of multiple buildings. Grand awards to each of the top six teams will be USD$10,000 and there are Gold, Silver, Bronze awards to other participating teams. Total awards USD$200,000.

Important dates:
Application Deadline: 23:59, 31 Oct 2021 (GMT+8)
Competition period: December 7th, 2021 – January 7th, 2022
Awards Ceremony: March 17th, 2022

Information and registration (more information will be added gradually): https://www.globalaichallenge.com/en/home

5. New job opportunities (4 items)

5.1. The Chair of Computer Networks and Computer Communications (Professor Hermann de Meer) at the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant / Graduate Research Associate to start on 1 January 2022. This is a full-time position for a fixed term of three years with the option of renewal.

Duties and responsibilities:
Collaborate on the research project “Formal modelling of operational flexibility in multi-scale multi-modal energy systems” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) or on other projects in various research fields related to networks, e.g. software defined networks, network function virtualisation, virtual network embedding
Take on tasks in teaching, research and self-administration

Person specification:
Must have an excellent (university) master’s degree in computer science or a related field
Excellent knowledge of computer networks and computer communications
Proficiency in German and English (both spoken and written)
We are looking for a team player with mental agility, who is open-minded and able to work independently and responsibly, even under pressure

For more information:
Contact: [email protected]
Or visit: https://www.uni-passau.de/en/university/current-vacancies/

5.2. Doctoral or postdoctoral researcher

Location: Energy Informatics lab, Dept. of Informatics, TU Clausthal, Germany
Requirements: Applicants must have very good programming skills as well as knowledge of the essential aspects of electronics, measurement technology, and/or power engineering. Communications skills in English and German are required. The willingness to complete an academic qualification (doctoral degree or habilitation) is expected.


  • Research and development of next-generation energy data collection, networking, and processing tools and devices to contribute to the realization of smart power grids
  • Publication of research results as well as presenting them at international conferences
  • Teaching support, incl. supervision of thesis students

Applications must be sent to <[email protected]> and include the following:
(i) motivation letter; (ii) a complete CV; (iii) academic transcripts; (iv) three most influential publications in PDF format (if applying as a postdoc).

Application deadline: 17 October 2021
For any questions, please contact [email protected]

5.3. PhD Position on energy transition at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

This project is part of the MAGPIE consortium, consisting of 4 ports (Lighthouse port Rotterdam, Fellow Ports DeltaPort (inland), Sines and HAROPA), 9 research institutes and universities, 32 private companies, and 4 other institutes, forms a unique collaboration addressing the missing link between green energy supply and green energy use in port-related transport and the implementation of digitalisation, automation, and autonomy to increase transport efficiency. This project accelerates the introduction of green energy carriers combined with realisation of and logistic optimisation in ports through automation and autonomous operations.

Required profile:
The candidates should have an interest in energy systems and decarbonization. Preferred background: MSc. in Computer Science, Information Systems, Industrial engineering, Supply Chain Management, Econometrics, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, or Business Analytics; Excellent study record; Programming experience;
International orientation and the capacity to speak and write in English fluently; Background in machine learning and/or optimization is advantageous.

Application deadline: Dec. 1st, 2021
Starting date of PhD: March 1st, 2022
For more information, contact: Dr. Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal ([email protected]).

5.4. Post-doc position at Cornell University

The process-energy-environmental systems engineering (PEESE) lab at Cornell University (https://www.peese.org/) has a postdoc opening in the general area of learning-based control and optimization for smart building systems. Candidates with suitable background and publication records are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a detailed curriculum vitae to Prof. Fengqi You at ([email protected]). Please include “Smart Building Postdoc Position” in the email subject.

Cornell was founded in 1865, and has a beautiful 750-acre campus offers a unique combination of an Ivy League private school including Engineering’s top ten program in the US, and a federal land-grant institution with the nationally top-ranked program in Agriculture and Life Sciences, among others. The university has a strong dedication to promoting interdisciplinary research and scholarship.

6. ACM SIGEnergy resource for energy-related data sets

The ACM SIGEnergy 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 at [email protected].

7. 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 https://energy.acm.org/

Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal,
Communications Director, ACM SIGEnergy