(URBAN) Non-Intrusive Resource Monitoring and Novel Eco Feedback Approaches

Overall, the research contributions in this topic are centered around: i) the development and real-world deployment of non-intrusive sensing infrastructures, such as electricity monitoring [4, 5] and EV smart-charging [9]; ii) design and evaluation of advanced eco-feedback approaches such as mid-air controls for the smart-home [7, 8], and peer-to-peer energy sharing [3, 6]; and iii) performance evaluation and value proposition of machine learning algorithms [2, 10], and smart-grid technologies such as energy storage devices [1].

So far, this work has led to the successful application of four Research & Development grants:

i) the Smart Solar Energy Monitoring and Management project (SmartSolar), where our hardware-software platforms were used to monitor energy consumption and micro-production from solar PV installations,

ii) the H2020 SME instrument phase I, with prsma.com (an ITI spin-off for sustainable energy research and development) aimed at developing and exploring business feasibility of the EnergySpectrum energy monitoring and eco-feedback platform for domestic environments,

iii) the H2020 Smart Island Energy Systems project (SMILE) aimed at demonstration the real-word applicability and viability of smart-grid technologies in Madeira Island, including energy storage, EV smart charging stations, and peer-to-peer energy trading; and iv) the Future Industrial Kitchen (FIK), where the hardware and software platforms were extended and later deployed in the context of industrial kitchens to monitor and provide eco-feedback on resource consumption, such as individual appliance electricity demand, and hot cold water consumption.


References to the Research

      • Pereira, L, Cavaleiro, J, Barros, L, ‘Economic Assessment of Solar-Powered Residential Battery Energy Storage Systems: the case of Madeira Island, Portugal’. MDPI Applied Sciences. 2020 Oct
      • Pereira L., Nunes N. An empirical exploration of performance metrics for event detection algorithms in Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring. Sustainable Cities and Society. 2020 Nov 1;62:102399.
      • Scuri, S., & Nunes, N. J. (2020). PowerShare 2.0: A Gamified P2P Energy Trading Platform. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI 2020), Article nº 92, (pp. 1-3). doi: 10.1145/3399715.3399948
      • Faustine, A., Pereira, L. and Klemenjak, C., ‘Adaptive Weighted Recurrence Graphs for Appliance Recognition in Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring’, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, pp. 1–1, 2020, doi: 10.1109/TSG.2020.3010621.
      • Pereira L, Nunes N. Understanding the practical issues of deploying energy monitoring and eco-feedback technology in the wild: Lesson learned from three long-term deployments. Energy Reports. 2019 Dec 25;6:94–106.
      • Scuri S, Tasheva G, Barros L, Nunes NJ. An HCI Perspective on Distributed Ledger Technologies for Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading. In: Lamas D, Loizides F, Nacke L, Petrie H, Winckler M, Zaphiris P, editors. Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2019. 
      • Esteves, A., Quintal, F., Caires, F., Baptista, V., & Mendes, P. (2019, June). Wattom: Ambient Eco-feedback with Mid-air Input. In 2019 5th Experiment International Conference (exp. at’19) (pp. 12-15). IEEE.
      • Quintal, F., Esteves, A., Caires, F., Baptista, V., & Mendes, P. (2019, March). Wattom: A Consumption and Grid Aware Smart Plug with Mid-air Controls. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (pp. 307-313).
      • Quintal, F., Scuri, S., Barreto, M., Pereira, L., Vasconcelos, D., & Pestana, D. (2019, May). MyTukxi: Low Cost Smart Charging for Small Scale EVs. In: Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Paper nº LBW0161, (pp. 1-6). doi: 10.1145/3290607.3312874
      • Pereira L, Nunes N. Performance evaluation in non-intrusive load monitoring: Datasets, metrics, and tools—A review. WIREs DMKD. 2018 Nov 1;8(6):e1265.

Sources to Corroborate the Impact

      • Prof. Wilfried Elmenreich, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt,  Klagenfurt, Austria (wilfried.elmenreich@aau.at)
      • Prof. Mario Bergés, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA (marioberges@cmu.edu)    
      • Prof. Alex Rogers, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (alex.rogers@cs.ox.ac.uk)
      • Dr.-Ing. Andreas Reinhardt, Technische Universität Clausthal, Clausthal, Germany (reinhardt@ieee.org)
      • Ing. Giannicola Loriga, Rina Consulting S.p.A., Genoa, Italy (gianni.loriga@rina.org)


      • Filipe Quintal
      • Lucas Pereira
      • Mary Barreto
      • Augusto Esteves
      • Nuno Nunes
      • Sabrina Scuri