UCL Energy Institute


Gaining insights on domestic and non-domestic energy utilisation through informatics

05 December 2017, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

Smart Meter

UCL-Energy seminar: Gaining insights on domestic and non-domestic energy utilisation through informatics with Professor David Wallom

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Even with the planned introduction of smart meters within a national roll out there still great uncertainty as to what value they are able to bring. This includes whether the capabilities of the smart meters eventually installed will be useful only for the energy retailer, the consumer or other stakeholders within the energy sector. Within this presentation we will discuss over 6 years of research, from analytics to understand how the capabilities of SM will enable different energy tariffs and their complexity to ensure maximum value, how different commercial customers are able to investigate the appropriateness of different types of tariff and then how retailers can understand how energy consumption may connect to underlying business processes. We will discuss limitations on the capabilities of Big Data analytics and how we can improve their effectiveness.

About the speaker

Professor David Wallom is Associate Professor at the Oxford e-Research Centre, where he leads two research groups. 

1) The Energy & Environmental Informatics research group utilizes cutting edge ICT to investigate the drivers of energy demand and designs of future smart grid networks, alongside supporting Big Data infrastructures for climate science through our leadership in the infrastructure for the Climateprediction.net program and, determining methods to use big data to better understand the connections of commodity consumption with deforestation. He also represents the university within the Institute for Environmental Analytics a HEFCE Catalyst Centre.

2) Advanced e-Infrastructure, Volunteer & Cloud Computing researches optimal e-infrastructure systems for various problems including standards based federation, security and market creation for cloud computing, and utilization of volunteer computing as new methods for organisations to optimize utilization of the ICT estate. 

He currently leads participation in 19 ongoing projects, having departmentally led participation in over 50 projects. He has been author on over 130 publications and is founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the prizewinning Elsevier Journal SoftwareX.