On Wednesday, November 9th, we had the kickoff meeting to establish the Georgia Energy Informatics Cluster. The meeting was held in Atlanta. The program is shown at the end of this post.
The meeting went very well, and there were a number of significant outcomes:
- An industry group will start a regular monthly meeting
- A group has been put together to run a trade show in spring
- We have a team assembled to run a conference, Energy Informatics 1, in fall
To bring together a group of companies and other parties that can benefit from and contribute to the creation of an Energy Informatics cluster in Georgia.
What is Energy Informatics?
Energy Informatics is an emerging sub-discipline of Information Systems, based on the concept that: Energy + Information < Energy. From the developing smart grid to fleet logistics (and many diverse topics in between), professionals in the field recognize that the optimization of flow networks is the key to greater energy efficiency and an improved bottom line.
|8:30||Opening Kevin Petersen, Senior Vice President, AT&T – Digital Life Services|
|8:45||Viewpoint from the Public Service Commission Tim Echols, Public Service Commission|
|9:00||Creating the Georgia Energy Informatics Cluster Rick Watson, UGA|
|9:15||Energy Innovation: Some Perspectives Sandra Neuse, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University System of Georgia Wes McDowell, Vice President CIO, Georgia Region Southern Company Mark Davidson, UPS Telematics Research & Development|
|10:15||Break Refreshments provided courtesy of AT&T|
|10:45||Action at the University Level Tom Lawrence, UGA Maric Boudreau, UGA Doug Noonan, GA Tech Clint Mays, Southern Polytechnic State University|
|11:15||Open Forum on the Future of the Energy Informatics Cluster Lead off comments by: Greg Chambers, E3 Greentech Brian Crow, VP of Sales and Business Development, Verdeeco|