Keynote Speakers Brief resume;Topic and Abstract

Prof. Zita Vale

Engineering Institute – Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal

Speech Title: “Sustainable and intelligent management of distributed energy resources in buildings and smart grids”

Zita Vale is full professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. She received her diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1986 and her PhD in 1993, both from University of Porto.
Zita Vale works in the area of Power and Energy Systems, with special interest in the application of Artificial Intelligence techniques.
She has been involved in more than 50 funded projects related to the development and use of Knowledge-Based systems, Multi-Agent systems, Genetic Algorithms, Neural networks, Particle Swarm Intelligence, Constraint Logic Programming and Data Mining. Energy resources management, distributed generation, demand response and electric vehicles are important topics of her research in the current projects.
The main application fields of these projects comprise: - Smart Grids, accommodating an intensive use of Renewable Energy Sources, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Distributed Generation (DG). She addresses the management of energy resources, the impact of DER on electrical networks, the negotiation of DER in electricity markets, demand response, storage, energy management in buildings, and electrical vehicles, including the ones with gridable capability (V2G); - Electricity markets, addressing contracts, prices and tariffs, decision-support for market participants, aggregation, ancillary services, and wholesale and local market simulation; - Control Center applications, namely intelligent alarm processing, intelligent interfaces and intelligent tutors.
She published over 800 works, including more than 100 papers in international scientific journals, and more than 500 papers in international scientific conferences. See some of her selected publications in



Prof. Didac Ferrer Balas

Innovation and Community Unit, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain

Speech Title: “The path towards a sustainable community: A collaborative approach inspired by living systems”

Dr. Didac Ferrer-Balas (Barcelona, 1974) graduated as an industrial & materials engineer since 1997. He obtained a doctorate in materials science in 2001 from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC-Barcelona Tech). Since year 2000, he has been in charge of sustainability management at the University, with a wide number of projects in curriculum development, sustainable education, sustainable management, interdisciplinary research and communication. He is currently the head of the Innovation and Community Office at UPC, working on issues as sustainability, gender, inclusion or collaboration, with special focus as coordinator of the Nexus24 collaborative communities programme. He has been member of the editorial boards of Jounal of Cleaner Production and of the journal Sustainability Science. He has been in the scientific committees and chairs of various international conferences (EESD, AGS, EMSU). He has taught in the Masters of Sustainability at UPC, in the fields of sustainable organizations, industrial ecology and sustainable technology.
He is also co-founder (and was innovation director) of Tarpuna, a non-profit cooperative that creates social inclusion through sustainability projects in the fields of social fabrication, social farming, fuel poverty, collaborative consumption, among other emerging fields. He's been advising the Ajuntament de Barcelona for the Ateneus de fabricació network, among other collaborations.


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