1st Workshop on
Machine Learning for Buildings Energy Management
Sponsored by the SATO project
Co-located with ECMLPKDD 2021
September 13, 2021 - Bilbao, Spain
About the workshop

About MLBEM 2021

Short description

Increased energy efficiency and decarbonization of the energy system are two primary objectives of the European Energy Union. European buildings remain predominantly inefficient, accounting for 40% of final energy consumption and 36% of the total EU CO2 emissions. Machine learning is a key enabler of scalable and efficient tools for building energy assessment and for the development of services capable of dealing with the increased complexity of energy management in buildings generated by the electrification of the energy system. The aim of this workshop is to provide energy and machine learning researchers with a forum to exchange and discuss scientific contributions, open challenges, and recent achievements in machine learning and their role in the development of efficient and scalable building energy management systems.

Relevance to the Machine Learning Community

Energy efficiency is of the utmost importance for modern societies and for the sustainability of our planet. European buildings remain predominantly inefficient, accounting for 40% of final energy consumption and 36% of the total EU CO2 emissions. EU targets for 2030 include reaching a 32% share of renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency by at least 32.5%. Due to the scale and complexity of current building energy systems, traditional modelling, simulation and optimization techniques are feasible and unable to achieve satisfactory results. To achieve the aforementioned goals, modern buildings require the capabilities of self-assessing and self-optimizing energy resources, of meeting user preferences and requirements, and to contribute to an overall better and sustainable energy system. Based on the recent history, we plan to organize this workshop as a European forum for building’s energy and ML researchers and practitioners that wish to discuss the recent developments of ML for developing BEMs, by paying special attention to solutions rooted in techniques such as pattern mining, neural networks and deep learning, probabilistic inference, stream learning and mining, and big data analytics and visualization.

Motivation

Increased energy efficiency and decarbonization of the energy system are two primary objectives of the EuropeanEnergy Union. These objectives are clearly demonstrated in ambitious EU targets for 2030, namely, reaching a 32% share of renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency by at least 32.5%. Meanwhile, buildings remain predominantly inefficient, accounting for 40% of final energy consumption and 36% of the total EU CO2 emissions. The ongoing energy transition brings the possibility of real-time energy resource management to building owners/managers and energy operators, with potential benefits for consumers, producers and the environment. To better tap into this potential, stakeholders must be able to continuously assess the energy performance of building energy systems and appliances, identifying areas where optimization services can be applied. Implementing this assessment and optimization capability requires real time monitoring and control of the building equipment and major energy consuming appliances. This functionality can be effectively performed by Internet of Things (IoT) enabled sensors and devices coupled to services that can assess and optimize the energy resources in buildings. The capability to analyze and optimize buildings energy resources and energy consuming equipment in useful time is not possible without employing Machine Learning (ML) techniques and big data infrastructures. This gives rise to ML Building Energy Management (BEM) Services that can be effective in an increasingly electrified and complex environment with energy flows between the grid, photovoltaic production, electric vehicles, storage batteries, building thermal capacity, and considering changing consumption patterns, occupants comfort, and highly variable user preferences.

Goals

The workshop aims at filling a gap in the EU workshop panorama, providing researchers with a forum to exchange and discuss scientific contributions and open challenges, both theoretical and practical, related to the use of machine-learning approaches in building energy management. We want to foster joint work and knowledge exchange between the building's energy community, and researchers and practitioners from the machine learning area, and its crossing with big data, data science, and visualization. The workshop shall provide a forum for discussing novel trends and achievements in machine learning and their role in the development of scalable BEMs. It aims to highlight the latest research trends in machine learning, privacy of data, big data, deep learning, incremental and stream learning, and adversarial learning. In particular, it aims to promote the application of these emerging ML techniques to buildings energy management.

The workshop shall contribute to identify new application areas as well as open and future research problems related to the application of machine-learning in the building's energy field.

Call for papers

MLBEM welcomes both research papers reporting results from mature work, recently published work, as well as more speculative papers describing new ideas or preliminary exploratory work. Papers reporting industry experiences and case studies will also be encouraged. However, it should be noticed that papers based on recently published work will not be considered for publication in the proceedings.

Topics

All topics related to the contribution of machine learning approaches to the security of organisations’ systems and data are welcome. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Machine learning for:
    • buildings energy performance assessment
    • appliance and building technical equipment energy assessment
    • buildings occupancy assessment
    • energy flexibility management
    • buildings energy efficiency
    • building-as-a-battery
    • thermal comfort estimation and control
    • buildings lighting control
    • buildings air quality control
    • holistic control of buildings systems and energy resources

  • Adversarial machine learning and the robustness of AI in BEM
  • Interpretability and explainability of machine learning models in BEM
  • Privacy preserving machine learning
  • Trusted machine learning
  • Scalable / big data approaches for BEM
  • Continuous and one-shot learning
  • Informed machine learning
  • User and entity behavior modeling and analysis

Paper submission

MLBEM welcomes both research papers reporting results from mature work, recently published work, as well as more speculative papers describing new ideas or preliminary exploratory work. Papers reporting industry experiences and case studies will also be encouraged. However, it should be noticed that papers based on recently published work will not be considered for publication in the proceedings.

Submissions are accepted in two formats:

  • Regular research papers with 12 to 16 pages including references. To be published in the proceedings, research papers must be original, not published previously, and not submitted concurrently elsewhere.
  • Short research statements of at most 6 pages. Research statements aim at fostering discussion and collaboration. They may review research published previously or outline new emerging ideas.

All submissions should be made in PDF using the EasyChair platform and must adhere to the Springer LNCS style. Templates are available here.

All regular workshop papers (except papers reporting recently published work) will be published in the workshop proceedings. Research statements will be published online in the workshop program page.

Important dates

Regular and research statement papers

  • June 23

    Submission deadline

  • July 21

    Paper author notification

  • July 31

    Camera ready submission deadline

Organizing Committee

Program Committee

To be announced

Program

Keynote speaker

To be announced

MLBEM 2021 programme

To be announced

Venue

The conference will be fully organized online. There is no physical venue to go.

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