I am a co-founder and CTO of Wattics Ltd., a truly innovative online energy management platform targeted to commercial buildings. Using advanced software algorithms on a single metering point, individual appliance activity reports and cost breakdowns are produced, providing at a lower cost more information on a building electricity spending than traditional energy monitoring solutions.
I am also behind WSNbuzz, a blog covering news on smart grid innovation, wireless standards and green technologies. WSNBuzz has been a media partner of over 30 events and conferences over the past two years.
I have recently completed a PhD at CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, a research centre located in Dublin, Ireland. With a background in resource-constrained wireless networking and building automation systems, I directed my research towards innovative solutions for energy-efficiency of large-scale buildings. My research demonstrated that electricity expenditure can be characterised in great details leveraging pre-existing building infrastructure. With low-cost and non-invasive attributes, such an approach meets the constraints of the real world and compares very favourably with invasive and cost-prohibitive counterparts. I have received the Globe Sustainability Research Award 2011 for my research on energy monitoring in buildings.
Prior to coming to Ireland, I spent 4 years as a Research Scientist within Philips Research, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, after having completed in 2005 my Master's degree in Information Processing at Ecole Centrale de Marseille, France.
News: My PhD thesis has been submitted, I should get my PhD Viva examination in December!
News: I am covering the next GridComms 2012, Grid-Scale Energy Storage 2012, European Demand Response and Dynamic Pricing, and Realisation of the Future Smart Grid 2012 events as a media partner through my WSNBuzz.com blog.
News: I am covering the next Smart Metering UK & Europe Summit 2012, Utilities, Smart Metering & Grid Africa 2012, European Smart Grid Cyber Security, IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe 2011, SMi's Distribution Automation, Smart Homes 2011 and Metering Billing/CRM events as a media partner through my WSNBuzz.com blog.
News: New journal paper - Schoofs, A., Ruzzelli, A.G., O’Hare, G.M.P., VLAN Auditing for Preliminary Assessment of After Hours Networked Equipment Electricity Wastage, Elsevier Energy 36, pp. 6910-6921, 2011.
News: New paper - Schoofs, A., Delaney, D., O’Hare, G.M.P., Ruzzelli, A.G., COPOLAN: Non-Invasive Occupancy Profiling for Preliminary Assessment of HVAC Fixed Timing Strategies, to appear in 3rd ACM Workshop On Embedded Sensing Systems For Energy-Efficiency In Buildings (BuildSys 2011), Seattle, November 1, 2011.
News: New paper - Sintoni, A., Schoofs, A., Doherty, A. Smeaton, A.F., O’Hare, G.M.P., Ruzzelli, A.G., Generating Power Footprints without Appliance Interaction: an Enabler for Privacy Intrusion, In 1st IEEE Workshop on Holistic Building Intelligence through Sensing Systems, June 2011.
News: New paper - O'Connell, S., Barton, J., O'Connell, E., O'Flynn, B., Popovici, E., O'Mathuna, S.C., Schoofs, A., Ruzzelli, A.G., O’Hare, G.M.P., Remote Electricity Actuation and Monitoring Mote, In 1st IEEE Workshop on Holistic Building Intelligence through Sensing Systems, June 2011.
News: I have been awarded with the prestigious Globe Sustainability Research Award 2011! The goal of the Sustainability Research Award is to discover and recognize researchers that contribute to advancing knowledge on sustainability.
News: I have been shortlisted for the Globe Sustainability Research Award 2011, for my research on energy monitoring in CLARITY. This award aims to discover and encourage researchers, innovators, cities and companies which distinguish in sustainable development. The winner will be announced on March 28th!
News: New journal paper - Schoofs, A., Ruzzelli, A.G., O'Hare, G.M.P., Debugging Low-Power and Lossy Wireless Networks: A Survey, In IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, Volume 13, Issue 1, 2011.
News: I have been featured in December 2010’s edition of “The Institute”, the magazine of the IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). In this special issue which highlights IEEE’s students involvement in helping to build the smart grid, I describe the development of a pattern-recognition system used to determine how much power household appliances use.
News: I was one of the 6 finalists selected for the Early Career Researcher Contest held on November 17th at the GlobeForum international summit, which discusses the challenge of how cities can be Smarter and Greener. I had the opportunity to highlight my research on appliance load monitoring in a 60-second pitch in front of more than 600 people. At the same event, my colleague Antonio Ruzzelli won the Ireland's Innovator of the Year award, for leading the commercialisation effort that is spanning out of our research.
News: I won the 2nd overall prize and 3rd commercialisation prize for my presentation “Stripping your electricity bill”, at the Thesis in 3 pitch competition on November 17th, designed to showcase the research happening in Ireland in bite-sized chunks. The event gathered 20 speakers from 6 of the SFI funded Centres for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) from all over Ireland.
News: I completed the NovaUCD 2010 Campus Company Development Programme, which assists academic and research entrepreneurs in the establishment and development of new high-tech ventures to commercialise the output of their research activities. Together with my colleague Antonio Ruzzelli, I promoted Veutility, which is developing a hosted utility consumption portal, offering large and SMEs enterprises real-time, personalised, hosted community, utility consumption data which enables them to benchmark their utility consumption against others of a similar industry, size or geography and also enables them to understand their utility-use profile by site, building, room and even appliance level energy consumption fingerprinting from a single point energy monitor.
News: Alex Sintoni represented our research team at the Irish Software Association Software Industry Awards 2010, and won the Student of the Year award, given to the most innovative and commercially viable software product or service. His work involved developing a hosted utility consumption portal and benchmarking service that will offer enterprises real-time, personalised utility consumption data. His piece of software partly implements the research work we have done with RECAP.
News: New workshop paper - Schoofs, A., Sintoni, A., Ruzzelli, A.G., O'Hare, G.M.P., NETBEM: Business Equipment Energy Monitoring through Network Auditing, to appear in 2nd ACM Workshop On Embedded Sensing Systems For Energy-Efficiency In Buildings (BuildSys 2010), Zurich, November 2, 2010.
News: I'll be off all September driving a rickshaw well over 2,000km across Nepal and India to raise money for the Maiti Nepal Charity. I will also be using the trip as a laboratory for SenseCam research. The Microsoft Research SenseCam is a small device worn around the neck that measures temperature, movement and takes photo’s intermittently. I plan to produce plenty of footage attaching the SenseCam at the front of our rickshaw, capturing all the crazy events happening on Indian roads. More on the adventure here.
News: New journal paper - Schoofs, A. and Stanley-Marbell, P., Portability in MAC Protocol and Transceiver Software Implementations for LR-WPAN Platforms, Software—Practice & Experience, Volume 41, Issue 4, April 2011
News: I gave a lecture on sensor systems for energy-efficient buildings at Senzations'10, the 5th Summer School on Applications of Smart and Connected devices, held on August 30 - September 3, 2010, in Rijeka (Croatia).
News: I finished runner-up at the CLARITY Thesis in 3 competition on Wednesday 26th May, where sixteen of CLARITY’s PhD students concisely presented their research in three slides over three minutes to an audience of about fifty people.