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BuildSys 2013 : 5th ACM Workshop On Embedded Systems For Energy-Efficient Buildings


When Nov 13, 2013 - Nov 14, 2013
Where Rome, Italy
Submission Deadline Aug 6, 2013
Notification Due Sep 15, 2013
Final Version Due Oct 7, 2013
Categories    cyber-physical systems   energy efficient buildings   embedded sensing/control   wsn

Call For Papers

** Call for Papers

BuildSys 2013
5th ACM Workshop On Embedded Systems For Energy-Efficiency In Buildings
November 14-15, 2013 – Rome, Italy | co-located with ACM SenSys 2013

We solicit the following types of original submissions:
*regular papers for oral presentation (8-pages);
*poster papers describing work-in-progress (2 pages).

**All accepted regular, poster and demo papers will be included in the workshop proceedings and the ACM digital library.**

**Submission website: (deadline in August 6, 2013)**

**Preliminary call for demo submission is now available (deadline in September 16, 2013)**

** Workshop Theme
The world is increasingly experiencing a strong need for energy consumption reduction and a need for efficient use of scarce natural resources. Official studies report that buildings account for the largest portion of the world's energy expenditure and have the fastest growth rate. Clearly, energy saving strategies that target energy use in buildings and surroundings can have a major impact worldwide, driving the current energy market toward self-sufficiency and self-sustainability. This calls for effective techniques and methods that enable accurate carbon foot printing, monitoring and control of appliance activity, energy auditing and management in buildings and surroundings and the generation of energy awareness.

Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) play a key role in enabling energy-saving systems in buildings and surrounding spaces by providing a reliable, cost-effective and extensible solution that can be placed in existing as well as new structures and can be controlled via the Internet. In fact, WSNs allow the monitoring of the energy consumption in near-real time and, as such, they are an essential tool in the control loop that will be used in future structures for the generation and usage of diverse types of energy. BuildSys is a venue for incubating new directions in this area.

** Topics of Interest
Successful papers will clearly demonstrate how much energy is reduced by the authors' contribution, either through real-world results or credible simulation and analysis of an energy problem. Many papers should consider the entire energy system, including any effects on occupant behaviors, production efficiency, peak load and smart grid architectures, sustainability, pollutants, and total energy usage.

We are particularly interested in contributions related to:
* Increase energy awareness and reduce consumption by leveraging on sensing systems, social networking, smart phones, novel visualization, and various forms of media to convey relevant information to users;
* Systems that can influence building occupant behavior towards a more parsimonious usage of electricity, gas, heating, water, etc.;
* Sensing and actuation of electrical loads in residential, commercial and industrial settings
* Novel wireless sensor networks and sensing applications that enhance building energy efficiency and meet occupant comfort;
* Control of alternative energy sources aiming at an increase of production efficacy;
* Use of distributed generation, renewable sources and energy storage in buildings;
* Model, simulate, optimize, and control heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation, water usage and other energy flows in buildings and surrounding spaces;
* Innovative approaches to building control using embedded devices and new architectures (e.g., agent-based systems);
* Novel techniques to reduce building energy consumption, electricity demand during utility peak periods, or energy costs;
* Create innovative tools to model and visualize energy expenditure and production (from, e.g., solar panels, wind turbines);
* Integrate sensor-based systems to improve grid operation and energy distribution (electricity, gas, water);
* Systems that integrate buildings with the emerging smart grid to provide demand response and ancillary services;
* Sensor systems for the identification of appliances in industrial, commercial and home environments, which can be used to measure or estimate the energy usage and to predict future demands;
* Emerging communication standards for the collection of data from smart meters and the control of HVAC systems.
* User studies, human factors, or user feedback in building energy management

** Important Dates
Paper/Poster submission: August 6, 2013 (firm; no extensions)
Notification: September 15, 2013
Camera Ready: October 7, 2013
Workshop and Demo Session: November 13-14, 2013

** Organization
General Chair:
Karl Henrik Johansson, KTH, Sweden

Steering Committee:
Mario Bergés, CMU, USA (Chair)
Alberto Cerpa, University of California Merced, USA
David Culler, University of Berkeley, USA
Rajesh K. Gupta ,UC San Diego, USA
Antonio Ruzzelli, University College Dublin, Ireland
Mani Srivastava, UCLA, USA
Kamin Whitehouse, University of Virginia, USA

Technical Program Co-Chairs:
Michael R Brambley, Pacific Northwest National Lab., USA
Prashant Shenoy, U. of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Demo Co-Chairs:
Anthony Rowe, CMU, USA
Ting Zhu, Binghamton University, USA

Technical Program Committee:
Alan Marchiori, United Technologies and Bucknell Univ, USA
Alberto Cerpa, UC Merced, USA
Amarjeet Singh, IIIT Delhi, India
Anirban Mahanti, NICTA, Australia
Burcu Akinci, CMU, USA
Dane Christensen, National Renewable Energy Labs, USA
David Holmberg, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
David Irwin, UMass, USA
Deva P. Seetharam, IBM Research India
Dirk Pesch, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland
Fred Jiang, Intel China
Iman Shames, U. Melbourne, Australia
Ines Azevedo, CMU, USA
James Braun, Purdue University, USA
John House, Johnson Controls, USA
Kin Cheong Sou, Chalmers Institute of Technology, Sweden
Krithi Ramamritham, IIT Bombay, India
Mani Srivastava, UCLA, USA
Manish Marwah, HP Labs, USA
Nilanjan Banerjee, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
Nuno Nunes, U. of Madeira, Portugal
Philippe Bonnet, IT Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark
Prabir Barooah, Univ. of Florida, USA
Rahul Mangharam, U. Penn, USA
Ram Narayanamurthy, EPRI USA
Ram Rajagopal, Stanford, USA
Roy Smith, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
S. Keshav, U. Waterloo, Canada
Sambit Sahu, IBM Research, USA
Steven Lanzisera, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, USA
Teja Kuruganti, Oakridge National Labs, USA
William Healy, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Zico Kolter, CMU, USA

Publicity Chair:
Nuno Pereira, CISTER/INESC TEC, ISEP, Portugal

Web Co-Chairs:
Jose Araujo, KTH, Sweden
Navin Sharma, U. of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

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