Friday, August 18, 2017

IEEE PES Announces Winning Teams for Global Energy Forecasting Competition 2017

More than 300 students and professionals from more than 30 countries formed 177 teams to compete on hierarchical probabilistic load forecasting, exploring opportunities from the big data world and tackling the analytical challenges.

PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, August 18, 2017 – IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced the results of the Global Energy Forecasting Competition 2017 (GEFCom2017), which was organized and supported by the IEEE Power & Energy Society (IEEE PES) and the IEEE Working Group on Energy Forecasting (WGEF).

“I congratulate the eight winning teams and all the contestants of GEFCom2017. They are pushing the boundaries of electric load forecasting,” said Dr. Tao Hong, Chair of IEEE Working Group on Energy Forecasting and General Chair of Global Energy Forecasting Competition, “GEFCom2017 is the longest and most challenging one among the series of Global Energy Forecasting Competitions. To encourage the contestants to explore opportunities in the big data world, GEFCom2017 released more data than the previous competitions combined.”

The theme is hierarchical probabilistic load forecasting, merging the challenges of both GEFCom2012 and GEFCom2014. The 6-month-long GEFCom2017 includes two phases. The qualifying match was to provide medium term probabilistic forecasts for ISO New England region in real time. It meant to attract and educate a large number of contestants with diverse background, and to prepare them for the final match. The final match asked the contestants to provide probabilistic forecasts for 161 delivery points. All of the competition data will be further released to the public for future research and benchmarking purposes.

"The Global Energy Forecasting Competitions have been extraordinarily successful in stimulating and promoting technology advancement. To continue the momentum, IEEE PES decided to fund GEFCom2017 with $20,000 for the cash prizes to the winning teams," said Patrick Ryan, Executive Director of IEEE PES, "We are so delighted to witness another fantastic competition. Look forward to seeing its positive impact to the industry for the coming years."

GEFCom2017 includes a two-track qualifying match and a single-track final match. Each track recognizes three winning teams.

Qualifying Match Defined Data Track Winners:
  • Ján Dolinský, Mária Starovská and Robert Toth (Tangent Works, Slovakia)*
  • Andrew J. Landgraf (Battelle, USA)
  • Slawek Smyl (Uber Technologies, USA) and Grace Hua (Microsoft, USA)
  • Gábor Nagy and Gergő Barta (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary), Gábor Simon (dmlab, Hungary)

Qualifying Match Open Track Winners:
  • Geert Scholma (The Netherlands)
  • Florian Ziel (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
  • Jingrui Xie (SAS Institute, Inc., USA)

Final Match Winners:
  • Isao Kanda and Juan Quintana (Japan Meteorological Corporation, Japan)
  • Ján Dolinský, Mária Starovská and Robert Toth (Tangent Works, Slovakia)
  • Gábor Nagy and Gergő Barta (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary), Gábor Simon (dmlab, Hungary)

*We found an error in the original score calculation for the qualifying match. After fixing the error, the Tangent Works team is among the winning teams of the qualifying match.

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