Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mark Your 2015 Calendar: Tao's Recommended Conferences for Energy Forecasters

Update (3/1/2015): Due to high demand of my load forecasting courses, we added an offering at the New York City in May. 
Update (2/18/2015): I just confirmed two more speakers for ISF2015. Now we have six presentations in two sessions. 
Recently I received many inquiries about recommended energy forecasting conferences in 2015. First of all, I have never attended a conference that is perfectly designed and organized for energy forecasters, which motivates me to organize the ultimate energy forecasting conference. If you have to wait for this ultimate one, close this page and stay tuned for another two years. Otherwise, keep reading. I will provide a list of 6 venues for you to consider, in the chronological order.

1. Tao's load forecasting courses (May 27-29, 2015, New York, NY)

I have taught the fundamental course 15 times. More than 150 energy forecasters have attended the course. (See some statistics based on the first 10 offerings) Recently I have developed a one-day advanced level course for those who want some in depth coverage of the subject and hands on experience of SAS. The links to the courses are listed below:
2. 35th International Symposium on Forecasting (ISF2015, June 21-24, 2015, Riverside, CA)

ISF2015 is a great conference if you want to learn the frontiers of forecasting. I'm organizing an energy forecasting session at ISF2015. The two sessions includes six talks with a balanced mix of state-of-the-art research and practice.

Session Title: Frontiers in Electricity Demand Forecasting I: The State of The Practice
Chair: Tao Hong (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
  • SAS Energy Forecasting: Hourly load forecasting for all horizons
    • Bradley Lawson (SAS, USA)
  • Combining sister load forecasts
    • Tao Hong (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
    • Bidong Liu (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
  • MEFM: An R package for long-term probabilistic forecasting of electricity demand
    • Rob J. Hyndman (Monash University, Australia)
Session Title: Frontiers in Electricity Demand Forecasting II: Probabilistic Electric Load Forecasting
Chair: Tao Hong (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
    • Quantile regression algorithms for forecasting uncertainty in electricity smart meters data
      • Souhaib Ben Taieb, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.
      • Rob J. Hyndman, Monash University, Australia
      • Marc G. Genton, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.
    • Electricity demand interval forecasting with Quantile Regression Averaging
      • Jakub Notowarski (Wrocław University of Technology, Poland)
    • The myths of residual simulation for probabilistic load forecasting 
      • Jingrui Xie (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
    3. 3rd International Conference Energy & Meteorology (ICEM2015, June 22-26, 2015, Denver, CO)

    Weather drives electricity demand and wind/solar power generation. The conference has a unique focus on the interdisciplinary field of energy and meteorology. For more information, please read Make a Difference in the Energy & Meteorology World written by the guest blogger and conference chair Alberto Troccoli.

    4. Modern Electric Power Systems Conference 2015 (MEPS2015, July 6-9, 2015, Wroclaw, Poland)

    If you are in the area of load and price forecasting, you must be familiar with Rafal Weron and his book "Modeling and Forecasting Electricity Loads and Prices: A Statistical Approach" and the recent IJF open access paper "Electricity Price Forecasting: A Review of the State-of-the-art with a Look into the Future". Rafal is based in Wroclaw, Poland. He is also a key player on the organizing committee of MEPS2015. I'm sure he will present some nice forecasting work at the conference.

    5. IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting 2015 (PESGM2015, July 26-30, 2015, Denver, CO)

    We have organized two days of agenda on energy forecasting. A full-day tutorial on "Energy Forecasting in the Smart Grid Era", and a full-day session of GEFCom2014 finalist presentations. I will write another blog post when the schedule is finalized.

    6. AEIC/WLRA annual conference (time & location TBD)

    This is a joint conference organized by AEIC Load Research Committee and Western Load Research Association. The two groups used to organize conferences separately. Last year was the first time they held a joint conference. I hope they will continue the joint conference this fall.

    Mark your calendar and enjoy the trips!

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