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Workshop on Creating and Maintaining Energy Islands - CMEI 2024

2 - 4 May, 2024 - Angers, France

In conjunction with the 13th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems - SMARTGREENS 2024


Sonja Klingert
IPVS, University of Stuttgart
Brief Bio
Dr. Sonja Klingert [female] has been with the University of Stuttgart since 2022 as a senior researcher leading the working group on energy systems at the chair of distributed systems. She is part of the leading personnel of EU H2020 projects RENergetic and DECIDE. Prior to that she was a researcher and project manager EU FP7 research projects FIT4Green, All4Green, and DC4Cities as well as the H2020 projects ELECTRIFIC. Before joining University of Mannheim, she was coordinator of the EU FP6 project GridEcon at the International University in Germany. Prior to this, she worked as a researcher for the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany. Her interests lie in demand response and corresponding metrics, in green business models, eco-aware contracts and energy communities as well as impact analysis. She has excellent experience in leading transdisciplinary working groups. Regarding roles in the scientific community, among others, she was chair of the international workshop series Energy Efficient Data Centres (E2DC) (2012-2016) and was part of the organization team of the international conference ACM e-Energy (2015-2016, 2021-2022). S. Klingert has a PhD in business economics from the University of Mannheim.
Sampath Mukherjee
Brief Bio
Sampath Mukherjee is a Data & AI Consultant at Inetum-Realdolmen, a leading IT services company in Belgium, where he is working from 2022. In this role, he has designed and implemented multiple data pipelines and end-to-end data architectures for diverse clients and projects, utilizing machine learning, AI, and neural network solutions. Sampath is also a certified Scrum Master and has effectively managed teams, overseeing the delivery of scalable demos using Microsoft 365 and Azure IoT for Smart Water and Smart Energy applications. He holds a PhD in (Computational) Astrophysics from the University of Groningen, NL, focusing his research on galaxy formation and gravitational lensing. Sampath has published several papers in high impact factor scientific journals and has actively contributed to EU-funded projects, collaborating with partners across Europe. During his postdoctoral tenure at the University of Liege, he informally co-supervised two PhD students, demonstrating his dedication to mentorship and academic leadership. In addition to his academic pursuits, Sampath is an experienced public speaker, delivering talks at conferences and colloquiums.
Matthias Strobbe
IDLab, Gent University
Brief Bio
Matthias Strobbe received the master degree and Ph.D. in Computer Science Engineering from Ghent University, in July 2004 and June 2011 respectively. He is affiliated with research group IDLab, a core research group of imec with research activities embedded in Ghent University (Belgium). He currently works as business developer and research project coordinator in the domains of smart energy applications and smart buildings. He is responsible for imec's living labs HomeLab and OfficeLab, has worked on over 30 national and international research projects and is author or co-author of more than 35 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings.


Creating so-called “urban energy islands” is based on the rationale that if every community generates the energy it needs locally and sustainably, the global issue of climate change can partially be solved locally.  Consequently, an urban energy island is a geographically delineated district that aims at achieving a high level of energy self-sufficiency while offering energy services to external grids when needed. 

In a trans-disciplinary approach, the EU Horizon 2020 research project RENergetic tackles this task by optimizing the generation and composition of energy supply across the energy sectors electricity (including electric vehicles) and heat, and distributing it efficiently. On top of this, energy demand is adapted to available local supply as much as possible, building on the acceptance or even the active support of the inhabitants of the energy island. 

As the project lifetime is in its last term, the outcome should be presented to a wider public and discussed with experts working in related areas. 


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Multi-sector Optimization Algorithms
  • Demand Side Management Frameworks
  • Heat Demand Response
  • EV Demand Response
  • Local Waste Heat Simulation and Optimization


Paper Submission: February 29, 2024
Authors Notification: March 14, 2024
Camera Ready and Registration: March 22, 2024


Hermann de Meer, University of Passau, Germany
Chris Develder, Ghent University - imec, Belgium
Stepan Gagin, University of Passau, Germany
Celina Kacperski, Castle University of Seeburg, Austria
Ariel Oleksiak, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, Poland
Sofie Verbrugge, Independent Researcher, Belgium

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Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the workshop program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support.
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SciTePress Digital Library (
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).


SMARTGREENS Workshops - CMEI 2024