Saturday, November 15, 2014

Evolving a Self-organizing Energy Market for Microgrids

Graphical user interface of the FREVO plugin
Andrea Monacchi and Wilfried Elmenreich went to Zurich to present their paper about a home energy market simulator at Energieinformatik '2014.
In the presented work, self-organizing behavior between prosumers is implemented at device level via market-based energy allocation solutions. The approach is implemented in a simulator extension to the open framework FREVO, which is released for open use. With the help of FREVO, artificial neural network controllers for energy prosumers are designed using an evolutionary algorithm. Minimizing individual and overall running costs enables a better use of local energy production from renewable sources, while considering residents' necessities to minimize discomfort.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Call for Papers of the Fourth IFIP Conference on Sustainable Internet and ICT for Sustainability


SustainIT 2015

Fourth IFIP Conference on Sustainable Internet and ICT for Sustainability

 2015, Madrid, Spain

All papers presented at SustainIT 2015 will be published in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. The best paper presented at the conference will receive a Best Paper Award.

Authors of papers of particular merit will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to the Elsevier Journal of Computer Communications Journal (COMCOM).


The evolving information and communications (ICT) technologies present a unique opportunity to effect the transformation needed to move us towards the goal of sustainability by helping to reduce our carbon footprint, mitigate and adapt ill effects of climate change, reduce and repair environmental damage, provide effective disaster response and recovery, creatively manage overstressed infrastructures in crowded urban systems, and enhance use of planet friendly materials and technologies. ICT is already being integrated into many areas of our lives, such as smart management of city services, transportation, energy distribution and management, health care, etc., and this integration is expected to expand deeper and wider in the coming years and decades. Unfortunately, this ICT proliferation brings in its own challenges of increased carbon footprint, accelerating obsolescence of electronic equipment and its disposal issues, increased use of precious natural resources such as water and materials, etc. These twin problems of reducing the environmental impact of ICT and exploiting ICT for a more sustainable world form the underlying theme for SustainIT since its inception in 2010.

This year's SustainIT continues this theme by focusing on inter-disciplinary scientific challenges of enhancing the sustainability of ICT and via ICT. The goal of this conference is to bring together people from different research areas, and provide a forum to exchange ideas, discuss solutions, and share experiences among researchers, professionals, and application developers from both industry and academia.

Original papers addressing both theoretical and practical aspects of sustainability of ICT (including smart energy management) and innovative use of ICT to enhance human and societal sustainability are solicited.

TOPICS OF INTEREST include but are not limited to:

1) Sustainable communication substrates:
Energy-efficient networking technologies and architectures
Energy-efficient wired and wireless communications protocols
Cross-layer optimizations for sustainable networking
Novel standards and metrics for green communications

2) Energy-efficient operation of computing infrastructure:
Energy-efficient management of computing, storage, and network resources
Managing carbon footprint of data centers and increasing its energy efficiency
Algorithms to reduce the energy consumption of ICT infrastructure
Trade-offs between energy efficiency, Quality of Service, and reliability
Adaptation of computing and communications infrastructure to variable renewable energy supply
Emerging computing/storage technologies for energy efficient operation

3) Achieving sustainability through the application of ICT:
Application of ICT to increase the energy efficiency of smart homes, smart buildings, and smart cities
ICT for sustainable mobility, transport, and logistics
ICT for energy-efficient industrial environments and processes
ICT for smart power grids and novel data processing in smart energy systems
ICT for water distribution systems including leaks, theft, contamination, and attacks.
ICT for agriculture, food distribution/logistics, waste reduction, tracking/provenance, etc.
ICT for healthcare (health monitoring & healthy lifestyle support systems, disease detection/monitoring, assistive technologies, health care information systems, etc.)
ICT for underwater (e.g., oceanic) monitoring and communications
ICT for waste water and waste monitoring, handling and reduction
ICT in disaster monitoring, rescue and recovery, including emergency networking and exploitation of social media
ICT for monitoring and conservation of biodiversity
ICT for geohazard monitoring (e.g., landslides, earthquakes, etc.)
Crowdsourcing solutions for sustainability
Urban Sustainability

4) Practical issues in sustainable communication systems
Security and privacy in ICT applications for sustainability
Energy consumption measurements, models, and monitoring tools
Measurement and evaluation of the Internet's sustainability
Test-bed and prototype implementations of sustainable ICT systems

5) Science of Sustainability
Metrics for sustainability and their evaluation
Modeling of human behavior regarding sustainability choices (e.g., reduction in energy consumption, engagement of power management features, etc.)
Ecosystem modeling (perturbations and equilibria)


All submissions must describe original research, not published or currently under review for another workshop, conference, or journal. Manuscripts must be limited to 8 pages and must strictly adhere to the IEEE conference publication format (e.g., 10pt font, single spacing, double column) in US Letter size with all fonts embedded. Detailed instructions for manuscript preparation and submission are available on theconference website.

Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format through EDAS.

Submission implies the willingness of at least one author to register and attend the conference to present the paper. The organizers reserve the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference if the paper is not presented at the conference.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Impressions from IEEE Conference on Smart Grid Communication 2014

The IEEE Conference on Smart Grid Communication 2014 was held from November the 13th to 14th in Venice. Wilfried Elmenreich, Dominik Egarter and Andrea Monacchi from our group participated at this event.

The conference was organized in 5 different symposia:
  • Communications and Networks to enable the Smart Grid
  • Cyber Security and Privacy
  • Architectures, Control and Operation for Smart Grid, Microgrids and Distributed Resources
  • Demand Response and Dynamic Pricing
  • Data Management and Grid Analytics

Dominik presented his paper Load Hiding of Household's Power Demand, (Dominik Egarter, Christoph Prokop, Wilfried Elmenreich) in the session on "Cyber Security and Privacy".

Andrea gave a talk about his paper GREEND: An Energy Consumption Dataset of Households in Italy and Austria (Andrea Monacchi, Dominik Egarter, Wilfried Elmenreich, Salvatore D’Alessandro, Andrea M. Tonello) in the "Data Management and Grid Analytics" session.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Quick intro to the Open Source Renewables Alternative Power System Simulation (RAPSim)

In a previous blogpost, we introduced RAPSim, a free open source power system simulator with a graphical interface. RAPSim was developed at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt within the Lakeside Labs project Smart Microgrid. The main architect of RAPSim, Manfred Rabl-Pöchacker now produced video giving an ultra-fast introduction to the tool. Got three minutes? Here is the video:

Interested? RAPSim can be freely downloaded at
If you want to learn more about RAPSim, here is a paper about RAPSim:

M. Pöchacker, T. Khatib, and W. Elmenreich. The microgrid simulation tool RAPSim: Description and case study. In Proceedings of the IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Asia (ISGT-ASIA'14), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2014. IEEE.

Monday, November 3, 2014

How the Smart Grid will Improve our Live blesses us with a happy video about the Smart Grid: "3 Ways the Smart Grid Improves How We Live". Although the video is a bit uncritical on the challenges and implementation costs, the video is interesting and summarizes expected advantages for the customer in a nutshell: By the way, the three things addressed in the video are reliability, cost-savings, and flexibility.