Topic: The Origins of Energy Informatics & Future Directions
Prof. Rick Watson University of Georgia
Rick Watson is a Regents Professor and the J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He is a former President of the Association for Information Systems. In 2011, he received the Association for Information Systems' LEO award, which is given for exceptional lifetime achievement in Information Systems. The University of Liechtenstein has established with government support a Consortium for Digital Capital Creation based on the ideas in his recent book, Capital, Systems, and Objects. For about a decade, he was Research Director for the Advanced Practices Council of the Society of Information Management and a visiting researcher at the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE) in Gothenburg.
Topic: General, powerful, and scalable management of energy flexibility with FlexOffers
Prof. Torben Bach Pedersen Aalborg University, Denmark
Full professor of computer science at Aalborg University, Denmark, focusing on Big Data Analytics with applications in digitalization of the energy sector. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers which received more than 7100 citations on Google Scholar, yielding an h-index of 48. He serves on the PCs of the top conferences in (big) data management (SIGMOD, PVLDB, ICDE, CIKM, and EDBT) and digital energy (ACM e-Energy). He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and Member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences.
He received the Best Paper Award at ACM e-Energy in 2017 and an Honorary Doctorate from TU Dresden in 2020 for his work on managing energy flexibility using FlexOffers, which are used in more than a dozen. International and national research projects with more than a thousand prosumers and 7+ commercial products.
Topic: International research collaboration – a stepping stone for the green transition
Dr. Thomas Trøst Hansen Innovation Center Denmark Shanghai, China
Science Attaché at the Innovation Centre Denmark Shanghai and consul for higher education and research at the Consulate General of Denmark. Previously, he has held various positions in the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, where he has worked on research and innovation policy intended to underpin the green transition. He holds a PhD in Science Studies from the University of Aalborg and a MSc from the University of Copenhagen.
Innovation Center Denmark (ICDK) has 7 centers strategically located in innovative hotspots around the world. ICDK assists the Danish triple-helix model by promoting access to international knowledge, networks, innovation, capital and markets. Innovation Centre Denmark (ICDK) in Shanghai supports Danish companies and higher education institutions in exploring opportunities to expand or establish activities in China.
Topic: Smart buildings and energy efficiency
Dr. Xiaoyu Zhao Tongfang Technovator International Limited Corp
Vice Chief Engineer of Tongfang Technovator International （Beijing） Limited Corporation. She is a professional engineer and chief editor of the standards of building automation system and intelligent building systems. Her research interests are: automatic control of HVAC system, building automation system, building energy saving, etc.
Topic: Cybersecurity for the future power system
Prof. Ming Ni NARI Technology Inc
Chief Expert of Power System Planning and Analysis in NARI Technology Inc, and Special Expert of State Grid Corporation of China. He is a professional engineer of State Ohio. His research interests are: power system security and stability analysis and control, power system planning, power market, cyber physical power system, etc.
Topic: Vehicle-to-grid and blockchain application
Dr. Ye Yang State Grid Electric Vehicle Charing Service Corporation
Senior power system R&D Engineer of State Grid Electric Vehicle Service Co., Ltd. His research interests include grid vehicle integration, renewable energy integration, smart grid control, and applying AI, block-chain technologies in power systems, etc.