Nils is a mechanical engineer and provides the energy system and mathematical programming competences in URBio. He works on the design and implementation of the underlying optimization methods, models and computational workflow. He is also responsible for the development of the database containing both input parameters and created results. Nils is currently doing his PhD at the Industrial Process and Energy Systems Engineering (IPESE) group at EPFL.
Sébastien is an environmental engineer and his contribution to URBio lies in urban planning and decision support. He develops the web interface which allows to steer the optimization process and explore multi-dimensional results. He also ensures relevance to the urban planning context for which URBio is intended. Following over 3 years of research at EIFER, Sébastien is currently doing his PhD at the Industrial Process and Energy Systems Engineering (IPESE) group at EPFL.
The project "CINERGY, Smart cities with sustainable energy systems" is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network in the FP7 of the European commission. As such, it aims to provide high level training to young researchers in the field of smart cities, develop urban decision making and operational optimization software tools to minimize non-renewable energy use in cities. The project includes six partners from European universities, and four private industrial partners which host the researchers.
The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (or Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) is a university in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specializes in natural sciences and engineering. The research behind URBio was carried out within the Industrial Process and Energy Systems Engineering (IPESE) research group, which focuses on the process and energy system engineering for efficient use and reuse of energy, efficient energy conversion, and integration of renewables and complex system integration.
More than ten years ago, EDF and the University of Karlsruhe (now: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT) decided to establish a common research institute devoted to energy and the environment in Karlsruhe, called EIFER, European Institute for Energy Research. EIFER is a widely recognized research institute, with more than 110 employees from 14 different nationalities, developing a multidisciplinary know-how around the topics of “Sustainable Cities” and “Distributed Energy”, together with high level scientific and industrial partners, and contributing to several national and European public funded projects.
The canton of Geneva is located in the southwestern corner of Switzerland; and is considered one of the most cosmopolitan areas of the country. Partners from the energy department, urban planning department as well as energy utility supported the development of the project.