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D. Schachinger
T. Schwarzböck
Lions Grant (D. Schachinger/TU, H. Hochegger/Lions)
Lions Special Price (T Schwarzböck. /TU, H. Hochegger/Lions)
Team - Jury and Prize Winner

Pictures:©Matthias Heisler/TU Wien

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Lions Sponsorship 2017

In 2017 the Lions Sponsorship was awarded for the third time (call only in German). 7 submissions from 5 faculties of the TU Wien have been examined by a jury out of members of the Lions club and the TU Wien. The applications have been evaluated by general and scientific criteria (e.g. demonstration of use of the subsidies, description of the scientific methodology, innovation degree of the work, as well as their potential).

Price Winner Daniel Schachinger

Daniel Schachinger is doctoral candidate and research assistant at the Automation Systems Group of the Institute of Computer Engineering at TU Wien. He deals with the development of smart energy management systems for building operation. By considering all relevant influences, an optimized operation of energy consumers and producers in the building automation domain will be realized in order to satisfy comfort requirements and reduce costs and energy consumption. For this purpose, an abstraction layer is defined to enable a technology-independent modeling of involved systems and their semantics by means of a knowledge base. Thus, a decoupling of physical processes and optimization logic is ensured, which enables the use of this energy management system in various buildings independent of their size and usage type. The optimization heuristic uses the abstract knowledge base to dynamically decide on strategies and schedules for energy management.

Daniel Schachinger will spend the award of 4,000 € especially for publication of research results at scientific conferences. Already accepted as well as planned submissions to the IEEE International Workshop on Factory Communication Systems (WFCS) 2017, the IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA) 2017, and the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Electronics for Sustainable Energy Systems (IESES) 2018 are used to exchange ideas and knowledge with the scientific community. Moreover, some hardware components will be bought in order to improve the evaluation by means of experiments with real hardware.

Link to the PhD-thesis

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Daniel Schachingers’s research stay at the IEEE International Workshop on Factory Communication Systems (WFCS) in Trondheim, Norway

Daniel Schachinger presented his conference paper "Semantic interface for machine-to-machine communication in building automation" at the IEEE International Workshop on Factory Communication Systems (WFCS) 2017 held from March 31 to June 2, 2017 in Trondheim (Norway). This publication addresses a semantic interface in accordance with the architectural requirements for machine-to-machine (M2M) communication as well as the necessary application services. The defined services provide a platform-independent data and information exchange. Communication partners model their own system and the corresponding context information in a local knowledge base, and they are able to interpret and process received information in an automatic way.

The WFCS 2017 was hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU and the Norwegian research organization SINTEF. Latest scientific results in the fields of wireless networks, security, industrial communication, or architectures and industrial IoT are presented in several sessions. Two keynotes and well organized social events completed the conference program. Although it was a short stay, the most important sights of Trondheim could also be visited.

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Daniel Schachingers’s research stay at the IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA) in Limassol, Cyprus

From September 12 to September 15, 2017, Daniel Schachinger was at the IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA) 2017 in Limassol (Republic of Cyprus). He presented his work titled "Ontology-based generation of optimization problems for building energy management" in the session "Information Technology in Automation". Moreover, Daniel Schachinger was co-chair of this session. The publication discusses the generation of optimization problems for energy management of buildings by means of a knowledge base. An objective function combines the conflicting goals of comfort maximization and energy cost minimization. The modelling of the building, the building automation, and the external influences in a knowledge base eases the generation of an optimization problem without the need of additional expert knowledge. Thus, the optimization problem can be created automatically, which increases reusability of the approach.

In up to six parallel sessions, a lot of new scientific work was presented. Moreover, keynotes and plenaries were held. A welcome reception in the pool area of the conference hotel was organized in the evening of the first conference day. On the second evening, a gala dinner at a small winery was prepared for the conference attendees.

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Daniel Schachingers’s research stay at the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Electronics for Sustainable Energy Systems (IESES) in Hamilton, New Zealand

At the University of Waikato in Hamilton (New Zealand), the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Electronics for Sustainable Energy Systems (IESES) 2018 was held from January 31 to February 2, 2018. Besides wireless power, renewable energy, microgrids, or energy storage devices, the topic of energy efficiency in buildings was part of the conference, as well. In this session, Daniel Schachinger presented the paper "Adaptive learning-based time series prediction framework for building energy management" to the audience. As an alternative to expensive engineering approaches, this work addresses a data-driven framework that supports the optimization with necessary forecast data in order to assess feasible solutions. This is based on monitoring data captured by the building automation system that are used to train neural networks.
In addition to parallel sessions for the various topics, five plenaries and keynotes were organized during the conference. The welcome reception and the gala dinner were held at the university's campus. After the conference, some more days were spent to see the scenic landscape of New Zealand.

Daniel Schachingers's research stay at the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN) 2018 in Porto, Portugal

From July 18 to July 20, 2018, the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN) 2018 was held at the University of Porto (Portugal). Between Wednesday and Friday, recent work following topics like "Cyber-Physical Systems", "Wireless Systems for Industrial Applications", "Factory Automation and Communication", or "Distributed and Networked Control Systems" was presented in various technical tracks and special sessions. In the track "Technologies and Infrastructures for Smart Grids, Buildings, and Cities", Daniel Schachinger presented his paper "Context-aware optimization strategies for universal application in smart building energy management" to the audience. Based on the information about the building, the building automation, or the external influences that is already modeled in an ontology, abstract and reusable strategies can be developed in order to identify suitable candidates for an optimized building automation schedule.

In addition to the technical sessions, three keynotes were held during the conference. The welcome reception on the first evening was located in a port wine cellar on the bank of the Douro river, and on the second evening, the traditional gala dinner was held.

                                                   Pictures:©Daniel Schachinger/TU Wien

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In summary, the conference stays were very informative and exciting. In interesting conversations, Daniel Schachinger got to know new people and collected new ideas and findings for his own work. Many thanks go to the Lions Club Wien St. Stephan for the financial support, which allows for visiting these conferences.

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Special Price for Therese Schwarzböck

Therese Schwarzböck is a PhD student at the Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste Management and works in the Research Center of Waste and Resource Management headed by Prof. Helmut Rechberger.

The dissertation of Therese Schwarzböck deals with the validation and further development of a method to determine the climate-relevant CO2 emissions from combustible waste.
The thermal recovery of waste is globally increasing and goes along with lower greenhouse gas emissions from landfilling (methane) and a substitution of fossil energy carriers in the industry (e.g. cement industry). At the same time, CO2 emissions from energy recovery of waste are increasing. These emissions are only partly regarded as climate-relevant by the IPCC as they origin to some extent from the combustion of biogenic matter (like paper or wood), which is considered as carbon neutral.
The comparably simple and cost-efficient “Balance method” was developed at the Research Center of Waste and Resource Management of TU Wien and allows the climate relevance of combustible wastes to be determined. Focus of the research work of Therese Schwarzböck is the validation of the “Balance method” and the identification of potentials and limitations of the approach. Thereto, extensive investigations, utilizing artificially prepared and real waste mixtures, have been conducted recently; the method has been applied to all Austrian waste-to-energy plants, and necessary input parameters for European waste have been verified. In order to assess the practicability also in countries with significantly different waste composition, it is planned to investigate waste in Indonesia and China and to adapt and improve the “Balance method” accordingly. Both countries are among the top 10 greenhouse gas emitters worldwide and their formulated CO2-reduction targets have led their energy and waste sector into a transition stage, from landfilling to ever more thermal recovery.

The funds granted by Lions Club will be used by Therese Schwarzböck to finance a research stay in Indonesia (Banda Aceh) in order to take waste samples and to conduct analyses for her research.

Link of publications 
Link to the PhD-thesis

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Therese Schwarzböck’s research stay at the Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh, Indonesia

From September to October 2017 Therese Schwarzböck stayed at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

Supported by Dr. Edi Munawar (leader of the laboratory for interdisciplinary research) and his research team, Therese Schwarzböck could plan and realize waste collection and sorting activities within the city of Banda Aceh (at the municipal solid waste landfill and a waste collection point). The activities allowed characterizing the waste with regards to fractional composition and provided waste samples to determine material constants for different waste fractions (e.g. carbon, hydrogen, oxygen content of waste plastic). This information is essential for the dissertation of Therese Schwarzböck, where she examines and validates the so-called Balance Method, a novel method to determine the carbon-relevance of combustible wastes. Research questions regarding the applicability of the method outside of Europe and the robustness of the method could be answered by the activities in Indonesia. Additionally, the potentials in Indonesia for thermal recovery of municipal solid waste in cement plants could be appraised. An excursion to the nearby cement plant provided detailed and qualified information about the current status regarding the utilization of alternative fuels in cement works in Indonesia. Possible future research activities and cooperation options could be discussed.

Therese Schwarzböck experienced a very warm welcome at the Syiah Kuala University and could work in close collaboration with Dr. Munawar and his students to bring her research activities forward. The stay of Therese Schwarzböck in this southeast-Asian region - with extraordinary cheerful and curious people - provided the doctoral candidate the opportunity to extend her professional knowledge but also to deepen her intercultural skills. It represents a valuable enrichment for her, in professional as well as private terms. Therese Schwarzböck would like to thank the Lions Club Wien St. Stephan for the financial support which facilitated this research stay!

                                                             Pictures:©Therese Schwarzböck/TU Wien

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Vienna young Scientist Symposium

Within the scope of the Vienna young Scientist Symposium on Fr 2nd of June the research projects were presented. The Lions Grant 2017 has been awarded during the following gala dinner.

Presentation D. Schachinger "Energy Management Optimization based on a Semantic Abstraction Layer"

Presentation T. Schwarzböck "Bestimmung des biogenen und fossilen Anteils in heterogenen Abfällen – Potentiale & Einschränkungen"

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