MIST4550/6550 
Revised


Rick Watson
Skype: rtw30606
Class:
Tues/Thurs 12:30  1:45 pm in Correll 116
Energy Informatics involves analyzing, designing, and implementing systems to increase the efficiency of energy demand and supply systems. This requires the collection and analysis of data used to optimize energy distribution and consumption networks. Students will leverage the necessary information systems competencies and multidisciplinary knowledge to increase societal energy efficiency.
Sustainability is usually defined as “meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainability is currently one of the most important issues facing our world, and will continue to be so for decades as it will take a long time to reverse some adverse environmental changes. Information System (IS) and Information Technology (IT) play a critical role in sustainable development, and Energy Informatics is an approach to addressing sustainability by reducing energy consumption. By learning about Energy Informatics, students enrolled in this class will leverage the necessary computing competencies and multidisciplinary knowledge to contribute to creating a sustainable future.
The teaching approach will be a blend of interactive lectures, discussions, presentations, case studies, and inclass activities.
The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary.
MIST2090 or equivalent
You need to be familiar with and competent in using personal computers, software productivity packages (word processor, presentation software, spreadsheet), and the Web. This prerequisite will be assumed by the instructor, since you are registered in this course.
Students completing the course will
Watson, R. T., & Boudreau, M.C. (2011). Energy Informatics. Athens, GA: Green ePress. (Available in Kindle format from Amazon)
R is a statistics package, and RStudio is the interface to R. Download the latest versions of both for your operating system.
As a University of Georgia student, you have agreed to abide by the University's academic honesty policy, "A Culture of Honesty, " and the Student Honor Code. All academic work must meet the standards described in "A Culture of Honesty." Lack of knowledge of the academic honesty policy is not a reasonable explanation for a violation. Questions related to course assignments and the academic honesty policy should be directed to the instructor.
In this class, you will work in teams. As a result, review a short report on team effectiveness and establish a team agreement (sample agreement) for use by the team.
Students are welcome to use laptops in class for note taking and completing class exercises, exclusively. If you plan to take notes, please advise and email a copy of the notes at the end of each class.
Attendance and participation are required for this course. Excessive unexcused absences (i.e., greater than 4) will result in a Drop or Withdrawal for NonAttendance according to UGA policy.
As there are 40 students in the class, and 8 people seeking graduate credit, we will have 8 teams. Each team will have at most 7 members, and the graduate will be the team leader. The same teams will be used for all group assignments. Please notify the instructor by 11:59pm of 8/22 of the composition of your group.
Due dates are shown on the schedule
Possible solutions to global climate change will be presented in class as per the schedule. Presentation will be no more than 10 minutes.
Topic  Group  Date 

Geothermal  
Wind  
Nuclear fusion  
Geoengineering  
Nonchemical batteries  
Photo voltaic cells  
Hydroelectric  
Chemical batteries  
Biomass  
Thorium reactor  
Tidal  
Bio fuels 
The advent of autonomous electric cars will have many implications for energy supply and demand, as well as many other aspects of the economy. One way to explore and identify these many implications is to develop a conceptual Systems Dynamics model using Insight Maker. You will learn the principles of systems dynamics and then apply them to develop a comprehensive model. Background reading.
Some nations have taken leadership in creating sustainable societies, and their actions are an opportunity for us to learn. Groups will be asked to give a 1015 minute report on the policies of a country. You should focus on what actions are being taken to apply the principles of Energy Informatics, if at all. To avoid replication, get approval for your country from the instructor before proceeding. The following table lists the current status of presentations.
Country  Group leader  Date 

Based on the class discussion of Green greenhouses and the use of LED lighting, answer the following questions.
The electricity and solar radiation files can be downloaded in feather format using a rightclick. You should put these files in your project directory.
There are four Schneider Electric Energy University courses to complete. You will need to sign up for the courses.
Select the following courses from the catalog. If you wish, you can suggest substitutes. Consult the instructor first.
Item  Points 

Total  100 
Energy efficiency and related issues  20 
Solutions to global climate change  10 
Systems dynamics  10 
National energy and sustainability policy  10 
Controlled environment agriculture  10 
Energy university courses  8 
R assignments  30 
Course evaluation completion  2 
If you are unable to complete an exercise on time or take an exam at the specified time, please advise the instructor as soon as possible so that alternative arrangements can be made. 
Class  Day  Date  Topic  Assignment or additional material 

1  Tuesday  0110  How global warming works (CC) The secret to rising sea levels  thermal expansion (CC) Ocean acidification by the alliance for climate education (CC) Climate and war (CC) Biodiversity loss (Text only) 
More about the problem The changing state of the climate (CC) Rising sea levels (CC) Acid test: The global challenge of ocean acidification (CC) Climate change is happening. Here's how we adapt (CC) Human activities that affect biodiversity (CC) 
2  Thursday  0817  The problem (slides) Energy Informatics (slides) (Introduction) 
Energy efficiency fundamentals 
3  Tuesday  0822  Energy Informatics Introduction to R (slides) 

4  Thursday  0824  Introduction to R  Financial Analysis of Projects I 
5  Tuesday  0829  Solutions to the problem presentations  
6  Thursday  0831  Solutions to the problem presentations  
7  Tuesday  0905  Data visualization with R (slides)  
8  Thursday  0907  Data visualization with R  Financial Analysis of Projects II 
9  Tuesday  0912  Smart Grid, Smart Buildings (Dr. Thomas Lawrence) 

10  Thursday  0914  Digial data streams (slides)  R1 
11  Tuesday  0919  Time series analysis with R (slides)  Strategic Energy Planning 
12  Thursday  0921  Time series analysis with R  
13  Tuesday  0926  Sustainability and IS strategy (slides) 

14  Thursday  0928  Design principles of Energy Informatics (slides)  Swidget™ R2 
15  Tuesday  1003  Systems dynamics (Dr. Dan Everett)  
16  Thursday  1005  Systems dynamics (Dr. Dan Everett)  
17  Tuesday  1010  Optimization with R (slides)  R3 
18  Thursday  1012  Optimization with R  
19  Tuesday  1017  Demand response systems  
20  Thursday  1019  Deloitte presentation (Ed Thomas)  
21  Tuesday  1024  Controlled environment agriculture (slides)  
22  Thursday  1026  Kevin Kirsche  R4 Systems dynamics 
23  Tuesday  1031  Green IS & IT & General model for the grid The shift in dominant logic 

24  Thursday  1102  Digitization of capital (slides) 

25  Tuesday  1107  Maritime Informatics (case 1) (case 2) (case 3) 
Autonomous shipping 
26  Thursday  1109  Maritime Informatics Green steaming 

27  Tuesday  1114  Spatialtemporal data analytics (slides)  Controlled environment agriculture 
28  Thursday  1116  Dashboards (slides)  
31  Tuesday  1128  National policy reports  R5 
32  Thursday  1130  National policy reports 