Workshop on Middleware for a Smarter Use of Electric Energy (MidSEE 2015)


Smart energy meters are increasingly installed in newly constructed buildings worldwide, as regulated by e.g., the European Union’s Energy Services Directive. Their combination with the vision of an Internet of Things, in which billions of embedded devices will continually monitor the environment, enables the fine-grained monitoring of household and office energy usage, and hence a large range of novel services. While many such functions have been devised so far (e.g., advice how to save energy or the disaggregation of electricity bills), these solutions commonly rely on the availability of hard- and software systems by a single manufacturer. Interoperability, including the potential to integrate new energy metering devices, is mostly unsupported due to the wide variety of (non-compatible) standards and communication protocols.

This workshop will provide a platform to present current research activities in communications and processing of energy consumption data, with its primary focus on electric energy usage. The scope of the workshop includes contributions that address the integration of energy metering equipment from different manufacturers into a single middleware system which operates on a building level, as well as novel means to collect, process and visualize these data. Accepted papers will not only present novel research results in these domains, but also comprise an evaluation in which their merits are assessed.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel energy metering hardware designs and experiences
  • Data collection and command distribution protocols for energy management systems
  • Middleware systems for energy data, including novel local data processing algorithms
  • Control of alternative energy sources to increase their production efficiency
  • Innovative tools to model and visualize energy expenditure and production
  • Sensing and actuation of electrical loads
  • Privacy and security in energy management middleware systems
  • User interfaces for energy display, management and control
Important Dates
Paper Submission: September 26th, 2014 Final Manuscript: December 10th, 2014
Author Notification: November 17th, 2014 Workshop Date: March 12th, 2015
Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original, unpublished, and not considered elsewhere for publication. We invite submissions up to 6 pages long (10pt font, double column, IEEE format), including text, figures and references.

IEEE LaTeX and Microsoft Word templates, as well as formatting instructions, are available online on this website.

Contributions should be submitted electronically as PDF via EasyChair at

Each paper will undergo a thorough process of peer reviews by at least three members of the technical program committee. All papers accepted in the workshop will be included in the conference proceedings (submitted to IEEE Xplore®). Submission implies that at least one author will register and attend the workshop to present the publication if the paper is accepted.

Call for Papers is available as PDF or text.

Organizing Committee
  • Andreas Reinhardt, The University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Christian Renner, Universität zu Lübeck, Germany
  • Delphine Christin, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany
Program Committee
  • Matteo Ceriotti (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
  • Alexander De Luca (LMU München, Germany)
  • Paul Dunphy (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Wilfried Elmenreich (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Stefan Fischer (Universität zu Lübeck, Germany)
  • Hannes Frey (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany)
  • Stefan Katzenbeisser (TU Darmstadt, Germany)
  • Marco Ortolani (University of Palermo, Italy)
  • Oliver Parson (University of Southampton, UK)
  • Daniele Puccinelli (SUPSI, Switzerland)
  • Christian Steger (TU Graz, Austria)
  • Volker Turau (TU Hamburg-Harburg, Germany)
  • Sebastian Zöller (TU Darmstadt, Germany)