1st Workshop on Sustainable Energy Systems, Smart Infrastructures, and Smart Environments (SESSISE 2017)

Topics of interest | Submission guidelines | Important dates | Organizers and Chairs | Program Committee

The climate changes, the catastrophe in Fukushima, the recent biggest blackout in history in India due to an overloaded electricity grid or the dwindling oil reserves world-wide are some of the manifold different reasons why countries massively increase their efforts in shaping their future energy generation, distribution, transportation and consumption, in short in future smart Sustainable Energy Systems, Smart Infrastructures, and Smart Environments. They are expected to be the enablers of a high penetration of renewable energy, facilitate the wide adoption of electrical vehicles, increase the awareness and the involvement of the end-user in the energy scene, and altogether contribute to create a sustainable lifestyle for the eco-aware 21st century citizen. Although much is still in a state of flux it is nevertheless commonly accepted that existing energy systems, infrastructures, environments, and business opportunities cannot simply be adapted or extended to address the requirements of the next generation of energy supply and consumption. Instead, a fundamental re-engineering is required. Thus, all these prospected transformations also bring with them numerous challenges and opportunities.

Regardless of whether and how the energy supply will be designed and operated in the near future it is obvious that the key enabler for a successful transformation of the energy supply will be a meaningful and purposeful used ICT infrastructure. New solutions will consolidate and represent the combined knowledge and experience of different disciplines as engineering, business management and economics and computer science and, thus, contribute significantly to the stabilisation of the energy supply and to the success of involved companies. The IT backbone for such solutions will be distributed, collaborative, autonomous and intelligent software packages for simulation, monitoring, control and optimization as well as appropriate data and business models, reporting systems and maybe also mobile solutions.

Besides the topic of future energy grids the recent past was also dominated by the discussion about so called smart cities and smart homes. A smart city uses information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of urban services. This especially means that the contact between citizens and government is eased and improved substantially with the aim to equip inhabitants with more power, responsibility and easing their life substantially from bureaucratic and useless tasks. Another highly relevant goal is to reduce costs and resource consumption. Smart cities will connect, utilize and optimize a number of sectors including transport and traffic management, energy consumption and management or water and waste issues. However, they also need to rely on the next lower level of abstraction, namely smart buildings and homes. This, however, implies that smart grids, smart cities, smart buildings and homes, and smart infrastructures need to be deeply integrated in order to shape the smart overall energy environment of the future. And that looks more like a revolution than an evolution.

Thus, revolutionary papers are highly welcome even if they are not too elaborated or too mature. This workshop is not meant to rely on the presentation of mature research results but wants to provide a lively environment with a lot of even vague input for intensive and fruitful discussions. For that, also shorter provocative statements and ideas are very welcome.

Topics of interest

The SESSISE workshop aims at providing an interdisciplinary forum for presenting and discussing recent advances and experiences in building and using new IT-based solutions for Sustainable Energy Systems, Smart Infrastructures, and Smart Environments. For this, the conference provides a forum for different scientific disciplines. In particular, it includes (but is not limited to) the following areas and topics of interest:

    Smart Grids, Smart Homes and Buildings, Smart Infrastructures

  • Smart Energy Systems
  • Energy Storage
  • Microgrids
  • Decentralized Control Systems
  • Stability in Energy Grids
  • Distributed Optimization in Energy Networks
  • Self-aware, Self-configuring or Self-healing Energy Systems
  • Simulation Environments for Smart Grids
  • Hybrid Energy Networks
  • Assistance Systems for Smart Energy control
  • Integrated Infrastructures
  • Development of Standards for Smart Grids
  • Industry, Municipality and University Cooperation
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Zero Energy Cities and Buildings
    Smart Data Handling

  • Alternative Data Storing and Proceeding Technologies
  • Big Data and Smart Energy Environments
  • Software Tools for Smart Energy Networks
  • Data Security
  • Data Structures and required Standards
  • Mobile Solutions for Smart Energy Environments
  • ICT Services in Smart Grids/Smart Cities/Smart Environments
    Smart Markets, Trading and Business models

  • Forecasts / Predictions
  • Management of distributed Energy Generation and Storage
  • Business Models for (hybrid) Energy Networks
  • Products and User Interfaces
  • Business Models and electronic marketplaces for Smart Grids
  • Competition Analysis
  • Process Management
  • Electric Mobility
  • Solar Home Storage Systems
  • End Users and Demand Response

Submission guidelines

All papers need to be formatted according to the Springer formatting instructions.

  • Regular papers: up to 12 pages
  • Short papers and Work-in-progress reports: up to 6 pages
  • Demo papers: up to 4 pages

Papers must be written in English and need to be submitted in PDF format.
Papers are to be submitted by Email to the workshop chair: rainer.unland@icb.uni-due.de.
Original work approved for presentation at SESSISE 2017 will be published in the BIS 2017 workshop postconference proceedings, as a volume in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series. BIS 2017 Workshops proceedings will be distributed to workshop participants by regular mail.
Workshop papers will be made available in electronic form by the BIS organizers to all workshop participants (and only to them) directly before the conference.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: Apr 17, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: May 15, 2017
  • Submission of final papers: May 29, 2017
  • Workshop: Jun 28-30, 2017

Organizers and Chairs

  • Rainer Unland (primary contact), University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Lars Mönch, Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany
  • Ryszard Kowalczyk, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Program Committee

  • Alexander Fay, Helmut Schmidt Universität Hamburg, Germany
  • Anke Weidlich, Hochschule Offenburg, Germany
  • Christian Derksen, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Costin Badica, University of Craiova, Romania
  • Fabrice Saffre, British Telecom & EBTIC, UK & UAE
  • Fernando Gomide, University of Campinas, Brasil
  • Giancarlo Fortino, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Hangseng Che, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Hanno Hildmann, Khalifa University, UAE
  • Hartmut Schmeck, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany
  • Huaglory Tianfield, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
  • Ingo J. Timm, University of Trier, Germany
  • Jingxin Zhang, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • John Collins, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Krzysztof Chmielowiec, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Liana Cipcigan , Institute of Energy at Cardiff University:, UK
  • Matthias Klusch, DFKI GmbH, Germany
  • Michael Sonnenschein, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg , Germany
  • Peter Palensky, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Sajjad Siddiqi, Jubail University College, Saudi Arabia
  • Sascha Ossowski, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
  • Stamatis Karnouskos, SAP, Germany
  • Zbigniew Nahorski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Bao Vo, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Krzysztof Gajowniczek, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
  • Weronika Radziszewska, Systems Research Institute PAS, Poland
  • Thomas Volling, Open University Hagen, Germany
  • Han La Poutre, CWI, The Netherlands