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Plenary Debates

Three Plenary Debates are organized to stir up a fruitful discussion, following the Keynote address. Three topics are selected and a Principal Motivator has been invited.

Monday 14 - Chen-Ching Liu

Learning to Acquire Knowledge in a Smart Grid Environment

There is a strong dependence of the smart grid on the information and communications technology for its monitoring and control. As a result, the cyber systems are also an important source of information. This presentation will be focused on the opportunities and challenges for machine learning and knowledge discovery in a smart grid environment.

Tuesday 15 - João Gama

Data streaming and knowledge discovery

Analyzing data flowing is not the same as dealing with static data. The basic concepts will be discussed and examples will be highligted, from the communication domain to power systems,  such as forecasting in a context of concept drifting.

Wednesday 16 - Aurélio Blanquet

Smart grid implementation - the real thing

The Portuguese experience in implementing an actual Smart City and the lessons learned after five years, viewed from the industry perspective, as well as challenges for the future.

Short bios

 Chen Ching Liu

Chen-Ching Liu is Boeing Distinguished Professor at Washington State University, Pullman, USA. During 1983-2005, he was a Professor of EE at University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Liu was Palmer Chair Professor at Iowa State University from 2006 to 2008. From 2008-2011, he served as Acting/Deputy Principal of the College of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences at University College Dublin, Ireland. Professor Liu received an IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000 and the Power and Energy Society Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award in 2004. In 2013, Dr. Liu received a Doctor Honoris Causa from Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. He is a co-founder of the International Council on Intelligent Systems Application to Power Systems (ISAPs) and served as the founding president. He chaired the IEEE Power and Energy Society Technical Committee on Power System Analysis, Computing and Economics. Dr. Liu served on the U.S. National Academies Board on Global Science and Technology. Professor Liu is a Fellow of the IEEE. He was elected a Member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences in 2014.

João Gama

Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Porto and Senior Researcher in the LLIAAD - Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support at INESC TEC. He was responsible and participated in a number of national and international projects (in Europe and the USA) dealing with ubiquitous data streams and machine learning in data streams, a field where he is well recognized as an expert. He authored and edited a large number of books in this area and received several international prizes for his activity. He has been serving in the Editorial Board of several journals in the same area of machine learning. He also served in the Organizing Committee of several international events and is the Chair of the ECML PKDD 2015 - the European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases.

Aurélio Blanquet

Director for Automation and Telecommunications in EDP Distribuição, the Portuguese Distribution System Operator.
Former Project Leader for the InovGrid project, the Portuguese smartgrid’s innovation initiative and member of the Corporate Steering Committee for the IT Systems Architecture. Actually responsible for the Distribution Automation, Telecommunications and Cyber Security strategies within the Program.
Board Member at EUTC - European Telecom Utilities Telecom Council, member at Eurelectric’s WG Distribution System Design as Portuguese representative, EAB member at the FP7 SmartC2Net project (Smart Control of Energy Distribution Grids over Heterogeneous Communication Networks), and former member at the Expert Group 2 (EG2), a EC initiative focused in Data Privacy, Data Protection and Cyber Security of smart grids, within the Smart Grids Task Force.