As Steven said in his recent posts — smart grid and energy are certainly in style right now. In our group at Caltech, a large fraction of the students are working on something related to energy, whether it be optimal power flow, demand response, sustainable data center design, or electricity markets. There are lots of important, challenging problems in all of these areas…
But, a challenge for people doing work in this area is publishing: The publishing style of the traditional power systems community is very different from that of CS or OR, and people from all of these areas are starting to mix and mingle. As a result of the mixture of areas and the surge of interest, lots of new publication venues are emerging, and it’s sometimes hard to tell where one should send their work so that it gets attention/recognition/etc. To that end, I wanted to use this post to plug one venue that is emerging as a strong outlet for work in this area: ACM e-Energy. (This year’s CFP has been floating around recently, which is what prompted this post.)
e-Energy is a venue that spun out of the CS networking community (it is sponsored by ACM Sigcomm), and has the goal of being the Sigcomm of the the emerging interaction between IT and energy. Quoting from their webpage:
“[e-Energy] aims to be the premier venue for researchers working in the broad areas of computing and communication for smart energy systems (including the smart grid), and in energy-efficient computing and communication systems”
It’s still early on in the emergence of this conference and, more generally, in the emergence of this area within CS, but so far, e-Energy is taking the position of a (possibly the) top-tier venue for this type of work within CS.
The conference has successfully managed to create a mix of power systems, networking, control, and market people (on both the PC and the organizing committees)…and it has also maintained an interesting mix of theoretical and applied work. As a result, it is has been consistently attracting top papers on energy-related issues from the CS community. Also, because they are keeping the venue single-track and focusing on ensuring a small number of high-quality papers, the conference itself has been very interesting to attend.
This year promises to be more of the same, with Jon Crowcroft & Richard Penty as the general chairs, and Jean-Yves Le Boudec & Prashant Shenoy as the PC chairs. Both Steven and I will be on the PC this year, so I hope to see lots of interesting submissions!