Friday, 1 August 2014

1st Interdisciplinary Workshop on Human Centered Energy Management

Workshop »Human-Centered Energy Management« 7th - 11th of July, 2014
The first interdisciplinary workshop on „Human-Centered Energy Management“, organized by the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt and the Lakeside Science & Technology Park, took  place in Klagenfurt from the 7th to the 11th of July, 2014. Leading international experts and selected companies from Italy, Slovenia, GB and Australia, amongst others,  were invited to Klagenfurt to discuss main concepts of the field. The workshop provided the opportunity to define common research goals and to establish (new) contacts for future cooperation.
Researchers from a wide range of disciplines (e.g. Information Technology, Economics, Geoinformatics,…) dealt with seminal issues such as “How much information can we get out of data, regarding energy usage?”, “How can privacy issues be prevented in Smart Metering?” or “What part will information technologies take in future Smart homes?”
Regional as well as international companies presented their R&D-projects during an „Industry Day“ and had the possibility to discuss development strategies and potential cooperation efforts with university researchers.
The organizers, Dominik Egarter, Wilfried Elmenreich (both Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt) and Martin Krch (Lakeside Science & Technology Park), consider the workshop a great success. The transregional network established through the projects „Smart Energy“, Interreg IV Italy- Austria and „Efficient Effective Smart“, European Territorial Cooperation  substantially facilitates the involvement of international participants. The interdisciplinary research cluster “Energy management and technology” enables the development of technologies that specifically meet the users demands, needs and skills.
In addition to this, the numerous newly build regional and international contacts, as well as the substantial outcomes of the workshop form an excellent basis for future cooperation.
The organizers especially appreciated the participants positive feedback, that referred not only to the intense workshop-units, but also to the possibility of informal discussion, for example during the excursion to the Schaukraftwerk Forstsee of Kelag.
The workshop was funded by means of the european union within the framework of the project „Smart Energy“, Interreg IV Italy- Austria.