Demand Management Workshop

Workshop on energy demand management through consumer engagement and behavior change systems

Colocated with The 8th DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics, Salzburg, Austria, September 26-27, 2019 –

September 27, 3:30pm


Energy demand management is the process of understanding the behavior of consumers, in order to steer it towards a desirable objective, such as more sustainable energy consumption. Energy demand management can rely  upon persuasive methodologies and systems for behavior change, which in turn depend on the proper understanding of the determinants of consumer behavior. In recent years, behavioral economics and consumer psychology theories have been applied to the design of IT systems aimed at capturing the factors that may influence the energy consumption decision making process and at providing  stimuli for improving energy consumption patterns towards more sustainable standards. Examples of the techniques applied to such behavior change systems include smart consumption visualization, activity and comfort inference, personalized and context-dependent energy saving recommendation, gamification of energy consumption, and games with a purpose.

The aim of the workshop is to gather together an interdisciplinary community of experts, practitioners, and business managers engaged in the planning, design, deployment and evaluation of behavior change systems, to share knowledge and experience in the realization of such a complex class of systems. The workshop aims at understanding “what works and what does not work” in the design of persuasive systems for energy efficiency and at distilling the best practices that can help designing effective behavior change systems.

Topics of Interest

  • Behavioral determinants of energy demand management
  • Behavioral theories for energy consumption decision making
  • Behavior change systems design methods
  • Persuasive visualizations and interfaces for energy saving
  • Smart energy visualizations
  • Games and gamification methods for energy demand management
  • Personalized and context-dependent energy saving recommender systems
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning for behavior inference and change
  • IT architectures for putting consumption data to work for behavior change
  • Comfort estimation and energy-saving tradeoffs
  • Smart devices and sensors for energy savings
  • Edge computing for energy savings
  • Behavioral change systems for public buildings and contexts
  • Behavioural change systems and approaches for energy saving in schools
  • Public awareness and education for energy efficiency systems
  • Innovative business models for consumer engagement and behavior change
  • Privacy and security of consumer behavior change systems
  • Regulatory issues in energy behavior change system development
  • Use cases and experience reports on energy demand management through persuasive systems
  • Future challenges and directions

Submission Instructions

The workshop is organised as a co-located event of Energy Informatics 2019 at the 8th DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics, which will be held in Salzburg, Austria, September 26-27, 2019. The workshop contributions should be submitted as regular submissions (paper, poster or demo) to the conference.  Please follow the Instruction for authors:

Accepted regular contributions will be part of the Energy Informatics proceedings.

All contributors will be invited to present their research work in the Workshop.

Submission & Deadlines

  • Submission due: May 3, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 10 June
  • Camera-ready papers due: July 8
  • Conference: September 26-27


Prof Piero Fraternali, Politecnico di Milano,

Prof Jasminko Novak, EIPCM,

Prof Andrea Rizzoli, SUPSI,