July 24, 2023

Deadline Extended: Accepting Abstracts for Energy Data Analytics Lightning Talks Through August 4

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

The organizers of the Energy Data Analytics Symposium: Accelerating Sustainability in the AI Era at Duke University (October 26-27, 2023) invite early-career scholars and professionals to submit abstracts for five-minute lightning talks to showcase their work or share a big idea.

Call for Abstracts

Submit lightning talk abstracts (< 300 words) by Friday, August 4, 2023, 4 p.m. ET. Early submissions are encouraged.

The 2023 Energy Data Analytics Symposium will focus on how data science tools, including artificial intelligence, can help make energy systems more accessible, affordable, reliable, and environmentally sustainable. Organized by the Energy Data Analytics Lab at the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke University and the Energy Analysis and Policy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the symposium will highlight the perspectives of established experts as well as newer voices.

Graduate students, postdoctoral associates, early-career scholars, and energy professionals with less than ten years of experience with research at the intersection of energy and data science are invited to submit abstracts for Energy Data Analytics Symposium lightning talks to showcase their work or share a big idea.

Abstracts (less than 300 words) should describe the proposed five-minute lightning talk’s relevance to both energy applications and data science and/or machine learning techniques. The organizers will give priority consideration to abstracts that include recent results or new ideas and those that touch on the symposium’s key themes: satellite data for energy analysis and policy; ethics and social responsibility for energy and climate data analytics; energy systems modeling; and energy access and equity-centered energy data analysis. 

Abstracts should be submitted via this form by August 4, 2023, at 4 p.m. ET, and early submissions are encouraged. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by August 25, 2023, and will be invited to submit a five-minute video of their lightning talk by September 29, 2023.

All lightning talk videos will be pre-recorded and distributed to symposium attendees prior to the event and will be posted on YouTube after the event. The symposium will not have formal proceedings, and the submission to the symposium is not intended to prevent any material from being submitted later to a journal or another conference. 

A review committee will select the top three videos based on the following criteria: 1) innovation and potential for impact of the energy application and data science methodology, and 2) compelling communication of the core ideas and outcomes of the project to an interdisciplinary audience of researchers and practitioners.

The creators of the top three research videos will receive a cash prize (1st place: $500, 2nd place: $250, 3rd place: $100) and will be invited to give their talks in person at the symposium on October 26-27, with travel support provided. 

All authors of accepted abstracts who submit videos have the opportunity to apply for up to $500 to offset the costs of attending if they live more than 50 miles from the symposium location. Additional travel funding may be available by request; details will be provided upon acceptance of abstracts. 

Funding support is provided by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and NASA.

Note: Conclusions reached or positions taken by researchers or other grantees represent the views of the grantees themselves and not those of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation or its trustees, officers, or staff.


Contact Trey Gowdy at trey.gowdy@duke.edu.

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