Call for papers

Workshop on Future District

Heating and Cooling Systems


ACM eEnergy

May 16, 2017, Hong Kong

The OPTi project has received funding from the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme of the European Union under grant number 649796

Call For Papers

District heating and cooling systems (DHC), both large and small scale, need to be more smart. The future DHC systems are envisioned to be more efficient, intelligent and cheaper. The development and deployment of intelligent systems using smart metering and control solutions for optimization, the general increase of sensors and actuators as Internet of Things (IoT) develops, consumer empowerment, and exploiting multiple energy resources are enabling factors for future DHC systems. The inclusion of waste heat recovery, heat pumps, thermal storage, cogeneration and renewable energy integration, and to roll-out solutions for the integration of intelligent thermal network with smart electricity grids and data centers, are opportunities to increase the overall efficiency.


Relevant topics for the workshop include, but are not limited to the following DHC areas:

  • Monitoring and control solutions in DHC
  • Optimization of DHC systems
  • Energy and resource efficiency
  • Intelligent systems in DHC systems
  • Modelling of DHC system, including production units, distribution networks
  • Data modelling and management for large scale DHC
  • Consumer behavioral modelling
  • Economic modelling
  • Automated DR algorithms and schemes
  • Consumer engagement and incentive
  • New business models
  • Integration with smart grids and renewable energy sources
  • Intelligent thermal management of buildings
  • Use of distributed energy resources (DERs) to offset building thermal loads


The workshop encourages contribution of papers that summarize new research results but also technical papers that describe new innovations and achievements in technical solutions for thermal management of buildings and optimization of DHC systems. The top 25% of the accepted papers will have the opportunity to be presented as lightning talks at the eEnergy main conference.


Important Dates

  • 26 March 08 April 2017, Deadline for Paper Submission
  • 14 April 2017, Author Notification
  • 26 April 2017, Camera-ready Due
  • 5 May 2017, Program Schedule of Workshop
  • 16 May 2017, DHC Workshop (alongside eEnergy)



Papers, up to 6 pages in ACM double-column format (same as eEnergy) for the main body of the paper (i.e., everything excluding references) and unlimited pages for appendices and references, should present original theoretical and/or experimental research in any areas relevant to DHC Systems, that has not been published, accepted for publication, or under review by another workshop, conference, or journal. The review of the papers will follow the general single-blind policy.

Submission site:


Technical Program Committee


Dr Anamitra Roy Choudhury

IBM Research, India

Dr Khalid Atta

LuleƄ University of Technology, Sweden

Dr Vijay Arya

IBM Research, India

Dr Yvonne Ritter

TWT GmbH Science and Innovation, Germany

Dr Peter Lingman

Optimation AB, Sweden

Marilena Minou

Athens Univ of Economics and Business, Greece

Dr Vikas Chandan

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Kumar Saurav

IBM Research, India

Dr Arun Wishwanath

IBM Research, Australia

Dr Wolfgang Birk

LuleƄ University of Technology, Sweden