Special Issue "Big Data Applications for Intelligent Energy Management in Buildings"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Buildings".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Vangelis Marinakis
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Decision Support Systems Laboratory, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Interests: energy management; sustainable energy planning; smart cities; decision support systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The constantly increasing momentum of big data, and the increasing adoption of leading-edge information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), distributed ledger technology (DLT)/blockchain, constitute an unprecedented market opportunity for improving the energy efficiency along the building sector and its lifecycle, and for better managing energy consumption and generation at building level.

This special issue is devoted to the latest developments in the field of big data and aims to provide valuable insights into the most effective applications for intelligent energy management and holistic energy services in buildings.

Examples of topics appropriate to the theme of this special issue, include, but are not limited to:

  • Data-driven architectures for buildings data exchange, management and real-time processing;
  • Data analytics techniques and algorithms for smart energy-efficient buildings;
  • Digital building twins to support building related processes;
  • Innovative applications and services for: (a) energy management and energy-efficient buildings; (b) design, refurbishment and development of building infrastructure; (c) policy making and policy impact assessment; (d) enhanced reliability and reduced risks of energy efficiency investments.

This special issue is also based on the research activities of the H2020 MATRYCS project (http://matrycs.eu/) and we seek high-quality papers that capitalise and combine modern technological breakthroughs in the area of the big data driven economy, in order to support improved decision-making at different scales around buildings.

Dr. Vangelis Marinakis
Guest Editor

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  • Buildings semantic interoperability
  • Data services and semantic enrichment
  • Big data management and AI services
  • Data analytics techniques for buildings
  • Intelligent energy management
  • Energy performance of buildings
  • Policy making and policy impact assessment
  • Energy efficiency investment de-risking

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AI and Data Democratisation for Intelligent Energy Management
Energies 2021, 14(14), 4341; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14144341 - 19 Jul 2021
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Despite the large number of technology-intensive organisations, their corporate know-how and underlying workforce skill are not mature enough for a successful rollout of Artificial Intelligence (AI) services in the near-term. However, things have started to change, owing to the increased adoption of data [...] Read more.
Despite the large number of technology-intensive organisations, their corporate know-how and underlying workforce skill are not mature enough for a successful rollout of Artificial Intelligence (AI) services in the near-term. However, things have started to change, owing to the increased adoption of data democratisation processes, and the capability offered by emerging technologies for data sharing while respecting privacy, protection, and security, as well as appropriate learning-based modelling capabilities for non-expert end-users. This is particularly evident in the energy sector. In this context, the aim of this paper is to analyse AI and data democratisation, in order to explore the strengths and challenges in terms of data access problems and data sharing, algorithmic bias, AI transparency, privacy and other regulatory constraints for AI-based decisions, as well as novel applications in different domains, giving particular emphasis on the energy sector. A data democratisation framework for intelligent energy management is presented. In doing so, it highlights the need for the democratisation of data and analytics in the energy sector, toward making data available for the right people at the right time, allowing them to make the right decisions, and eventually facilitating the adoption of decentralised, decarbonised, and democratised energy business models. Full article
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