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What and Who
Title:Sustaining the Energy Transition: A Role for Computer Science and Complex Networks
Speaker:Marco Aiello
coming from:Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Speakers Bio:Marco Aiello is full professor of Distributed Systems at the University of Groningen (RUG), head of the Distributed Systems unit, Founder of the startup SustainableBuildings, and member of the Board of the startup Nerdalize BV. Before joining the RUG he was a Lise Meitner fellow at the Technical University of Vienna (from which he obtained the Habilitation), and assistant professor at the University of Trento. He holds a PhD in Logic from the University of Amsterdam and a MSc in Engineering from the University of Rome La Sapienza, cum Laude.
Event Type:SWS Colloquium
Visibility:D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, SWS, RG1, MMCI
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Level:AG Audience
Date, Time and Location
Date:Thursday, 3 November 2016
Duration:60 Minutes
The energy sector is in the midst of an exciting transition. Driven by new generation technologies and by infrastructure digitalization, the traditional way of transmitting, distributing and using energy is transforming a centralized hierarchical system into a multi-directional open infrastructure. While the vision of Intelligent Energy Networks is appealing and desirable---especially from a sustainability perspective---a number of major challenges remain to be tackled. The loss of centralized control, the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources and the scale of the future digital energy systems are novel situations for power systems infrastructures and consumers that pose reliability and availability threats.

In this talk, I show examples of how Computer Science techniques are having and will have an important role in future energy systems. I focus on electricity as energy vector, and techniques from Service-Oriented Computing and AI Planning. I also present Complex Network theory as a design tool for energy distribution systems. To make things concrete, I will review almost ten years of personal research that include making office buildings energy efficient, homes smarter, and futuristic models for the evolution of power distribution grids to accommodate for multi-directional energy flows with distributed generation and local control.
Name(s):Susanne Girard
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Video Broadcast:YesTo Location:Saarbr├╝cken
To Building:E1 5To Room:029
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