Researchers

Early Stage Researchers (ESRs)

ESR 1 Sébastien Cajot

Location: EDF/ EIFER, Karlsruhe, Germany

Mobility: Swiss National

Topic: Decision Support Methodology for Integrated Energy Planning of Smart Cities

Supervisors: Francois Marechal (EPFL) and Andreas Koch (EIFER)

PhD Enrolment: EPFL

SebastienCajot My name is Sébastien Cajot. I studied environmental engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), in Switzerland. During my master studies, I focused mainly on hydraulic constructions and their environmental impacts, as well as numerical modeling of rivers. Following my academic degree, I worked for two years in the local state’s Environment and Energy Office. I in particular helped informing the local government on the efficiency of the State’s energy policy by developing a system of indicators. With high interest in sustainability and energy issues, I later joined the CINERGY project in May 2014 at EIFER/EDF, in Germany. My goal is to study and develop an efficient methodology for urban energy planning and decision support. Such a task requires an integrated and global vision of energy planning and decision making processes. Grasping the “big picture” of urban energy systems is challenging, as it encompasses a wide range of fields such as energy systems modeling, public policies, social and economic aspects, data management, and most importantly, it requires bridging the gaps between the key actors of each field.

ESR 2 Kunpeng Wang

Location: Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria

Mobility: Chinese National

Topic: Integration Platform Urban Energy

Supervisors: Darren Robinson (UNOTT)

PhD Enrolment: UNOTT

wang My name is Kunpeng Wang and I am from China. I used to be a software engineer for about nine years, including six years as a senior software engineer at Sun/Oracle and worked as an energy storage research associate for one and a half year at Durham University and Newcastle University. I have Bachelor’s degree in Computer Software (Beijing Institute of Technology, China) and Master’s degree in Computer Science (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China) and New and Renewable Energy (Durham University, UK). My PhD thesis is “Integration Platform FOR Urban Energy”. The objective is to develop a platform which integrates modelling tools for energy systems at urban scale and tools for optimization-based energy system design methods. These modeling tools are already existing or in development by other network partners. I am in the process of literature review to evaluate single-simulation approaches (CitySim, Energy-Plus, TRNSYS, PowerFactory, etc.) and co-simulation frameworks (Functional Mockup Interface- FMI, Mosaik, etc.) could be used for my PhD thesis. A research proposal has already been drafted. I have studied GIS, CityGML, and PostgreSQL/PostGIS and attended a Mosaik workshop in DTU to study how to implement APIs and integrate simulators. Now I am collecting model information from my colleagues and will design use cases with help from my supervisors to integrate models. To create conceptual model and implementation methodology to integrate modelling tools for energy systems at different temporal and spatial scales is a tough task and quite challenging.

ESR 3 Parag Wate

Location: Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences (HFT), Stuttgart, Germany

Mobility: Indian National

Topic: 3D GIS for Urban Energy Demand Modelling

Supervisors: Volker Coors (HFT) and Darren Robinson (UNOTT))

PhD Enrolment: UNOTT

wate I am Parag Wate from India. I completed my Masters in Remote Sensing and GIS with specialization in Geoinformatics from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (Affiliated to Andhra University, Visakhapatnam), Dehradun, India. My research interests involve 3D Geo-information modeling in CityGML encoding standard and related semantic analysis for urban energy conservation strategies. At Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, one of the hosts Institution for CINERGY project, I will be working as Early Stage Researcher 3 on research topic ‘3D GIS for Urban Energy Demand Modeling’ from 15th of September. In my Masters Dissertation, I have developed a customized converter for conversion of 3D geometry data from native format (Google SketchUp) to CityGML standard and explored sun-earth geometry relationship for passive solar potential assessment of urban surfaces and attempted to integrate the simulation data with spatial data in CityGML standard. In CINERGY project, my objective will be to propose an integrated data model (bridging the gap between 3D urban and energy data) for urban energy simulation and to define common software interface between urban energy modelling components for design of integrated energy simulation infrastructure. As I am reporting today i.e. 8th of September at host institution, very soon I will start working with 3D City model of Geneva and their energy database schema requirements for simulation.

ESR 4 Nils Schüler

Location: EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Mobility: German National

Topic: Optimisation of Urban Districts’ Energy Performance

Supervisors: Ursula Eicker (HFT Stuttgart) and Francois Marechal (EPFL)

PhD Enrolment: EPFL

schuler I am a doctoral student in the group for Industrial Process and Energy Systems Engineering (IPESE) at École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. After graduating from the Technical University of Munich in the fields of "Sustainable Energy Systems" and "Numerical Mechanics", I was engaged at the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern). Within the scope of several projects I worked on the holistic modeling of district heating networks and on building performance monitoring and optimization. The opportunity to combine my interests in optimization algorithms and urban energy system modeling led me to the IPESE group in early 2014. My research concerns the multi-scale optimization for planning and design of urban energy systems. This includes the modeling of both technical and non-technical aspects of urban energy systems spanning various spatial and temporal scales. Furthermore it deals with methods to limit the arising problem size while still getting to meaningful and reliable results.

ESR 5 Giovanni Tardioli

Location: IES, Dublin, Ireland

Mobility: Italian National

Topic: Calibrated City Models for Operational Management of Smart Citiess

Supervisors: Donal Finn (UCD) and James O`Donnell (UCD) and Ruth Kerrigan (IES) and Mike Oates (IES)

PhD Enrolment: UCD

tardioli My name is Giovanni Tardioli, I come from Spoleto, a town near Perugia, in the centre of Italy. I graduated with a BSc in Energy Engineering in 2010 and an MSc 1st class in Energy Engineering with a specialization in Renewable Energy Resources and Technologies from University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2013. My final year project, titled `Modelling of biomass combustion`, was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Franco Rispoli. In February 2014 I began an industrial PhD program with the University College of Dublin and Integrated Environmental Solution Ltd, I am enrolled as early stage researcher in the CI-NERGY project. The main objective of my PhD research is to develop a data-driven approach capable to extend the prediction of the energy consumption from building scale to district or city level. An important part of the research will be the specification of a methodology capable to explain how to use real data to predict the energy consumption in building with limited data available to them. This approach will be validated with real cases studio data from two different cities: Vienna and Geneva. At this moment I am involved in the definition of the research questions, in identifying the research gap through the process of literature review and defining an initial methodology. My big successes so far have been the completion of my degrees and thesis with excellent final grades, and the winning of the 1st place studentship at "Zero emission service station", an engineering competition sponsored by Archigia s.r.l. and with the patronage of Assessorato delle Attività Produttive, del Lavoro e del Litorale del Comune di Roma, and Unione Petrolifera, presented in Rome Campidoglio on 27/11/2008.

ESR 6 Mario Potente Prieto

Location: Vienna, Austria

Mobility: Spanish Nationall

Topic: Exergy Assessment of Urban Energy Systems

Supervisors: Karl Ponweiser (TUW) and Francois Marechal (EPFL)

PhD Enrolment: TUW

prieto My name is Mario Potente Prieto. I am a chemical engineer from the University of Valladolid and the University of Valencia, Master in Environmental engineering and management of WWTP. I come from Valladolid, Castilla y León, Spain. I am the early stage researcher number 6 of the CI-NERGY project. I live in Vienna, and WienEnergie is my host company. I also collaborate with the Technical University of Vienna (TU WIEN) and the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT). My part of the CI-NERGY project is related with urban energy systems, concerning the energy supply and network. My goal is researching and providing solutions and technologies to satisfy the needs of the consumption areas for the cities of Geneva and Vienna, giving information about real consumption data and district heating networks structure. My project title is: Exergy Assessment of Urban Energy Systems, with the objectives of developing a systematic method for displaying potentials for cascade usage of exergy. Tasks I am involved at the moment, successes and challenges: • Literature review: at the moment I´m focusing going deeper inside OSMOSE and LUA, trying to understand and feel familiar with this software. Some information about cascade usage of energy is also been read. Thanks to WienEnergie. I am learning a lot about how district heating works in the real life, with the aim of sharing this knowledge with my colleagues for the benefit of our project. GIS methodology is also one of my attention points concerning Luc Girardin´s article, added with another EPFL documents. Heat pumps information is also important for me. • The 1st case study for the city of Vienna is Girasolstrasse. I have prepared a report with all the first useful information we need about this neighbourhood. With this first approach I´m trying to define a path about how can we start to define a real district or city from zero, using and defining a methodology. Of course I´m exploring and obtaining more data for the future, but for the moment we have a basis where we can start working with. My next challenge is to import all the data I am gathering and prepare it to be used inside LUA and OSMOSE. I am in permanent contact with my colleagues talking about those next steps. In the next months, I will make my collaboration with EPFL for some months. I already had a first workshop in the EPFL related with OSMOSE. Another important task that more or less is solved is the definition of goals. AIT is also helping me so much with this point. Heat pumps, renewable energies and costs of the different energy sources will play an important role within the study, giving a variety of possible technological solutions and strategies to the decision makers.

ESR 7 Pilar Monsalvete Álvarez-Uribarri

Location: HFT, Stuttgart, Germany

Mobility: Spanish National

Topic: Physical Modelling of Subsystems

Supervisors: Ursula Eicker (HFT Stuttgart) and Darren Robinson (UNOTT)

PhD Enrolment:UNOTT

monsalvete My name is Pilar Monsalvete Álvarez de Uribarri. I was born in Huelva, Spain, and studied Industrial Engineering in the University of Seville. I also studied a Master degree in Thermal Energy Systems in the same university. The principal research goal of my PhD thesis is to develop an adaptive urban modelling framework to allow the users to make decisions regarding energy performance and renewable energy potential. This can be divided in three packages: • The first one is focused on the building model. To be able to cover different kind of buildings and at different levels of detail (LoD), a very modular model will be developed. • The second packages aims to do a similar approach for networks and renewable energy supply systems in order to create different LoD for supply and distribution befitting the LoD of the demand. • Finally, the integration of all different models in an urban modelling software environment will be done. A case of study, analysing the coverage of energy demand by renewable sources on district scale and identify the potential of storage and load shifting, will be detailed in the final chapter to demonstrate the validity of the methodology. As a result, the career objective is to become an academic and work on urban energy concepts with high renewable fractions in a European context.

ESR 8 Nina Solomakhina

Location: Siemens (Munich, Germany)

Mobility: Russian National

Topic: Data analytics methods for multi-modal energy networks

Supervisors: Francois Marechal (EPFL) and Domnique Genoud (HES-SO//Wallis)

PhD Enrolment: EPFL

solomakhina My name is Nina Solomakhina. I come from Novosibirsk, the biggest city in Siberia, Russia. After obtaining my bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics, I joined the European Master’s Program in Computational Logic and successfully graduated with the specialization in Knowledge Modeling and Retrieval. Now I am an ESR8 in the CI-NERGY Project at Siemens, Germany and a PhD candidate in EPFL, Switzerland. I am working on the topic “Data analytics methods for multimodal energy networks”. This topic considers dependencies between different energies, such as water, electricity, heating and others. For instance, using cogeneration, several energies are produced at once. Another example is a water pumps that uses electricity to supply the water to consumers. Analyzing such dependencies and modeling multimodal energy networks gives wide opportunities for fault analysis and condition diagnostics, vulnerability analysis, and planning future extensions. Moreover, integrated consideration of energy networks will allow comprehensive optimization of production and consumption across networks in comparison with the consideration of each network separately. Currently I am working on the first publication on my research topic. It covers the work I have done in the first months of the research work. In particular, it composes first ideas on modeling the multimodal network, such as graph-based approach, and data analysis, reasoning and statistical methods that could be applied to analyze dependencies between energy networks. By now the biggest challenges in the course of my work on the topic are to find a good theoretical basis to support my research, and to determine suitable model paradigms to cover available information. Another challenge is to find existing work relevant to the topic and learn what has been already done and where is the niche in which I can make the difference.

ESR 9 Georgios Kazas

Location: POLITO, Turin, Italy

Mobility: Greek National

Topic: Energy Supply and Demand Management through Energy Storage and Demand Side Management

Supervisors: Marco Perino (POLITO) and Donal Finn (UCD)

PhD Enrolment: POLITO

kazas My name is Georgios Kazas. I was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. I hold a diploma in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic Faculty in Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. During the five years studies, I specialized in Structural Engineering sector. I also hold an MSc in Sustainable Energy; Technologies and Management with Merit from Brunel University, London, United Kingdom. Since March 2014, I have registered in the Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, as a partner of the Marie Curie CINERGY Project. I hold the Early Stage Researcher 09 (ESR 09) position and I am a PhD candidate in Politecnico di Torino. The topic of my thesis is: “Energy Supply and Demand Management through Energy Storage and Demand Side Management”. More specifically, the project is aimed at investigating models, methods and tools for an integrated demand side management using thermal storage technologies at a district scale (block of buildings). In the first six months, I finished the registration procedure in order to be a full time PhD candidate in Politecnico di Torino and I carried out the initial brief literature review on my topic in order to understand the principles of the project. I completed a PhD course in Optimization Techniques. Also, I started a preliminary study (pilot study) on the methodology which will be the main part of the research. More specifically, I started some simulation in order to develop the methodology for the district scale study. In the near future, I will continue and finish the preliminary study in order to set up, test and verify the methodology. With an extensive literature review, I will start working with my research topic in detail. Also, I plan to participate in the IBPC 2015 conference in Turin with a paper. I am going to attend various PhD courses in Politecnico di Torino in order to improve my knowledge in the research field. I have also started courses in Italian language and I plan to complete them during the next year.

ESR 10 Solène Goy

Location: UCD, Dublin, Ireland

Mobility: French National

Topic: Demand-Side Management in Building Clusters

Supervisors: Marco Perino (POLITO) and Donal Finn (UCD)

PhD Enrolment: UCD

goy My name is Solène Goy and I come from France. I graduated from INSA LYON (France) Engineering School in 2007 and then specialized with the European Master in Renewable Energy (EUREC). After graduation, in 2009, I took part in a 6 month project as an engineer in the field of rural electrification in Nepal. From September 2009 to 2014, I worked in France as a project engineer and then project manager in the grid-connected solar PV sector within an independent and international consulting company. I commenced my PhD at UCD in Dublin, Ireland in June 2014. The project is concerned with developing a replicable methodology for assessing the potential for energy demand-side management in building clusters, which include a mix of residential and commercial buildings. Key issues will include: identification of demand management opportunities, quantification of demand reduction potential, assessment of the flexibility of the demand reduction capability. The methodology will be tested on various cases studies from two of the collaborating cities in the CI-NERGY project (Geneva and Vienna). Given the scale considered, the main challenge is to find a methodology offering a satisfactory trade-off between accuracy, complexity and computing time. So far I have been working on the literature review to assess the state of the art in the domain and to define precisely my research questions. I have also started to test potential software and tools that I could use for my project.

ESR 11 Ana Sancho Tomas

Location: UNOTT, Nottingham, UK

Mobility: Spanish National

Topic: Electrical autonomy of urban districts

Supervisors: Darren Robinson (UNOTT) and Mark Sumner (UNOTT) and Steffen Lamparter (Siemens)

PhD Enrolment: UNOTT

tomas I am an Early Stage Researcher located at University of Nottingham. I am from Zaragoza, Spain, where I graduated in Physics. I did the last year of my degree at the School of Physics and Astronomy at University of Southampton (UK); this first experience abroad taught me how much you can learn from living embedded in a different culture. After that I did an internship at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble (France), which meant a stimulating involvement in Physics research. Although Fundamental Physics is a fascinating world to explore, Energy and Sustainability are topics that always interested me. The Ci-NERGY project offered a great opportunity to dive into them, and to apply my background to the development of urban energy system models. As part of the Ci-NERGY network, my research concerns the study of the electrical autonomy of urban systems. Three ingredients are needed in order to carry out this investigation. Firstly, the prediction of accurate energy consumption profiles is essential; I am working on stochastic models of energy demand based on the occupants’ behaviour. Secondly, the system must consider an electrical network: my research involves the modelling of a low voltage distribution network which includes storage devices and renewable power generation models. Thirdly, Demand Side Management strategies are a key factor when considering an autonomous system; these will be explored in the future. The ideas developed in my project will fit into a city-scale building simulation software, such as CitySim. Coming from a different background, the first stage of my project has been to acquire the skills and knowledge required to develop such work. So far, exploring potential research paths to contribute to the common objectives and develop my PhD thesis have occupied the most significant part of my time. It is being really exciting to be within a constant learning environment, collaborating with my colleagues in Nottingham and the Ci-NERGY fellows and, at the same time, being part of a multicultural environment.

Experienced Researchers (ERs)

ER 1 Preston Rodrigues

Location: Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences (HFT), Stuttgart, Germany

Mobility: Indian National

Topic: City Model Interfaces and Information Management

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. V. Coors (HFT) and Prof. Dr. D. Robinson (UNOTT)

robineau My name is Preston Rodriuges, I come from INDIA. I completed my PhD from Université de BORDEAUX, France with specialization in policy language, protocol interoperability and middleware system. My Research interest includes data and protocol interoperability, semantic web services and Workflow management. In April 2015, I joined the CI-NERGY project as an Experience Researcher (ER) hosted at Hochschule Für Technik (HFT) Stuttgart. Within the framework of CI-NERGY project I will work towards data modelling and management of 3D urban information. Furthermore, I will investigate how to integrate building and energy specific semantics and design web services to enable interoperability. Additionally, I will interact with the Early Stage Researchers (ESR's), advise them on how to prepare technical solutions and scientific documents and co-ordinate with the ER's to access the progress the project. Lastly, I will strive to cultivate an environment of open learning and knowledge sharing.

ER 2 Jean-Loup Robineau

Location: EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Mobility: French National

Topic: Techniques in Support of Engineering Design Optimization

Supervisors: Francois Marechal (EPFL) and Ursula Eicker (HfT Stuttgart)

robineau My name is Jean-Loup Robineau and I come from France. After completing a MSc in Mechanical Engineering (with a specialization in Energy Technology and Power Machines), which I obtained from the National Institute of Applied Science of Rouen and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern within the frame of a French-German double diploma in 2010, I worked for 4 years as a research engineer in the research center of a major environmental services company, carrying out projects that dealt with renewable energy, district heating networks and energy system modelling. Since October 2014, I have been enrolled in the CI-NERGY project as an experienced researcher based at the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. My main tasks involve:

1. Supporting ESRs on optimization tools and methods

2. Developing a computational framework to integrate the models of the different ESRs, in collaboration with the other ERs and ESR2. To achieve this, I will have assure coherent data transfer between model interfaces.

3. Coordinating the Geneva Case Study (as the link with local contacts, I will retrieve, structure and prepare the data models required by each ESR)

ER 3 Giorgio Agugiaro

Location: AIT, Vienna, Austria

Mobility: Italian National

Topic: An Integrated System for Urban Energy Simulations

Supervisors: Wolfgang Loibl (AIT) and Volker Coors (HfT Stuttgart)

agugiaro My name is Giorgio Agugiaro, I come from Padova (Italy) where I studied environmental engineering and received my Ph.D. in Geomatics in 2009. From 2010 till the beginning of 2014 I worked in Trento (Italy) as an independent consultant at the research institute “Fondazione Bruno Kessler”, where I focused on surveying, GIS and 3D city modelling with particular attention to energy topics. Before moving to Vienna, I spent nearly two years at the TU Berlin (during my PhD) and 7 months in 2013 at TU Munich, working in the field of Geoinformatics. During the PhD, I dealt with data integration, in particular spatial data from heterogeneous data sources and with different resolutions. I also got in touch with 3D semantic modelling of cities, which later became one of my major interests. In March 2014, I joined the CI-NERGY project and I am now working at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Vienna. I will focus on developing an information model to manage and exchange semantically-enriched multi-resolution 3D urban data for energy planning. Having a CityGML-based 3D virtual city model as background, the idea is to foster software integration to allow complex urban system simulation and close (or reduce) the gap between geo-information and simulation. The CI-NERGY project has just begun. It has very ambitious goals, which means also tough but exciting challenges!