Exploratory Workshop on Energy and Environmental Policy

Through February 1, 2013

Jan. 31

The purpose of this is to explore the range of possible collaborations in the energy and environmental policy area between the University of Chicago (partnered with Argonne National Laboratory) and Chinese colleagues in Beijing. Focus areas include urban energy use, energy efficiency and environmental conditions and constraints in the general urban environment.   One aspect of the discussions was to assess the availability of data, including sensor and operational data for major cities beginning with Beijing and Chicago. The workshop identified (a) topics of common interest, and (b) potential “next steps” to build joint research programs in these areas.
31-January-2013  at UChicago Center in Beijing

0900-0930 Opening Welcome (R. Rosner, UChicago and A. Yao, Tsinghua)

0930-1100 Session 1:  Introduction of Research Institutes and Current Work

•      Energy Policy Institute of Chicago (R. Rosner, Director)

•      Urban Center for Computation and Data (C. Catlett, Director)

•      Institute for Interdisciplinary  Information Sciences (A. Yao, Dean)

•      Population Research Center (K. Cagney, Director)

•      Beijing Transportation  Research Center (J. Guo, Director)

1100-1130 Break

1130-1300 Session 2: Energy and Social Sciences

•     Planned Analysis of Chicago Electricity Use Data (J. Polos)

•     Computational Social Sciences (K. Cagney)

•     Energy Storage and Demand Response in the Smart Grid (Prof. Longbo Huang, IIIS, Tsinghua)

1300-1430 Lunch

1430-1600 Session 3: Transportation  and Urban Planning

•     Beijing Transportation  Research Center – Project Examples (J. Guo)

•     Chicago “LakeSim” modeling framework project (C. Catlett)

•     Urban Planning in China (Prof. Chengzhi. Yin, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua)

1-February-2013  at Tsinghua University Institute for Interdisciplinary  Information Sciences

0900-1000 Session 4:  Environmental  and Urban Sensing

•      Air Quality Monitoring in Chinese Cities (Prof. Ming Jiang, Beijing Univ)

•      Urban Air Quality Sensing Projects in Chicago and Barcelona (C. Catlett)

1000-1030 Break

1030-1200 Session 5: Explore Opportunities  for Specific Projects

•     Group discussions: Collaboration and Funding Opportunities Next Steps

1200 Group Lunch and Adjourn

Organizers: R. Rosner (Department of Physics), with the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC), Computation Institute (CI) and Urban Center for Computation and Data (UrbanCCD) in collaboration with the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences, Tsinghua University