EnergyVis 2023

In conjunction with IEEE VIS 2023, Melbourne, Australia

The energy sector is witnessing significant technological progress, primarily driven by the growth of renewable energy, distributed energy resources, and smart grid technologies. This rapid evolution is generating increasingly large, complex data that present substantial challenges for energy systems planning and operations. For example, previously, distribution feeders had only a handful of sensors and controllable devices; now, with these new technologies, thousands or even tens of thousands of such devices are possible. As a result, energy system models have grown exponentially in planning scenarios from just hundreds of components to millions. Moreover, the adoption of distributed solar generation and grid-aware devices such as smart thermostats and electric vehicles are expanding the breadth of stakeholders, including consumers, engineers, regulators, urban planners, and policymakers, who are trying to understand these energy systems. These new energy systems are generating vast amounts of complex data, which require visualization techniques capable of handling the sheer scale and multifaceted complexity of the information. Unfortunately, much of the visualization supporting these changes is outdated, with simple one-line diagrams and contour plots being over-extended by the data they are being applied to. More research is needed to develop new and innovative visualization methods that can handle the increasing complexity of energy systems and provide a diversity of stakeholders with the necessary insights to make informed decisions about the future of energy.

The EnergyVis 2023 workshop aims to bring together scientists, researchers, and practitioners from the energy and visualization domains to critically assess and discuss energy data visualization in the context of the evolving energy sector. The workshop's main objectives will be to seed the development of a publishable report on the state-of-the-art and grand challenges in energy data visualization, and to develop stronger international collaborations for this important area of multidisciplinary research. To that end, the workshop will discuss:

  • • the current state of the art in energy data visualization,
  • • the challenges, opportunities, and goals in energy data visualization,
  • • the role of visualization in understanding and utilizing energy data from a ``human-in-the-loop'' perspective, and
  • • case studies, experiences, lessons learned, and best practices in energy data visualization.

EnergyVis 2023 will be a half-day workshop including short papers, invited industry talks, and an interactive discussion with all participants on the common challenges and goals in this domain. The short talks will provide initial prompts for these group discussions.

After two years of running EnergyVis virtually, we are pleased to announce that EnergyVis will be held in person in conjunction with IEEE VIS '23 in Melbourne, Australia. Like IEEE VIS, EnergyVis will be an "in-person first" event---authors and invited speakers are expected to attend and present in person. One caveat is for people in exceptional circumstances, who will need to apply to us and IEEE VIS to be considered to allow for a remote presentation. This will be on a case-by-case basis. For those unable to attend, there will be online content available to view later on this website and on the IEEE VIS online archive. We believe the in-person aspect will make for a fantastic event with finally the chance for proper round table brainstorming, interactions, networking, and discussions on the major visualization challenges in this key research area. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please contact one of the workshop chairs below if you have any further questions.

We are interested in bringing together multidisciplinary perspectives, especially on the human-centric component of energy visualizations. We invite innovative ideas, design concepts, requirement analysis and work-in-progress relating to the following technical scope:

  • Energy visualization contexts​ smart cities/homes/buildings/grid, network visualizations, energy policy and governance, net zero initiatives, energy consumers and analysis, energy markets, microgrids/nanogrids, and personal energy analytics
  • Energy visualization challenges​ uncertainty visualization, spatio-temporal visualization, large network visualization, micro/macro scale, automated model comprehension
  • Disruptive technologies​ open source, open analytics and open workflows, machine learning, AI, VR/XR, tangible interfaces,
  • Data concepts big data, real-time data challenges, open data portals, open standards, forecasting and predictions, quantified self, citizen science
  • Human interaction & user-centric design human factors, cognitive load, persuasive methods, co-creation design methods, visualization for decision support and decision making, evaluation methods, stakeholder- & requirement analysis, visualizations for experts vs. general public, energy games and gamification

We are accepting ​short papers​, up to four pages plus up to one page of references. Submissions will be in the VGTC conference two-column format, in line with the IEEE VIS formatting guidelines.

Papers should be submitted through PCS (link coming soon).

  • Submission Deadline: June 28, 2023
  • Author Notification: August 4, 2023
  • Camera-ready submission: August 14, 2023
  • Workshop: October 22 or 23, 2023