Research

My research interests are transversal to several topics in the multi-disciplinary field of data science, including, but not limited to, instrumentation and data acquisition, public data, machine-learning, and information visualization. My research is driven by curiosity, persistence, and a strong desire to leverage the potential of data to address different societal challenges like environmental sustainability and smart cities. A brief outline of my current research topics is provided below.

Performance Evaluation of Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring Systems

I am very interested in understanding the real world applicability of non-intrusive energy monitoring and eco-feedback technologies and my goals in this research field are twofold: i), assess how such technologies perform from a technological point of view (e.g., algorithms performance) when deployed outside of the laboratory settings, and ii) determine the value proposition of such technologies as tools for smartening the electric energy grid hence reducing its carbon footprint.

Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Electric Vehicles (EV) Integration

Under this topic,  my research goals are three-fold: i) understand how individual appliance consumption data, daily routines, and Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) can be leveraged to maximise the self-consumption from RES in households and small businesses, ii) understand how driving and daily routines, individual appliance consumption data, and BESS can be leveraged to develop frameworks for charging EVs in individual households and residential buildings, and iii) understand how BESS and EVs can be combined to mitigate voltage and frequency control issues that may occur due to the intermittent nature of RES.

Resource Production and Consumption Perceptions

Another of my present research interests is to use Internet-Mediated Research techniques to create large-scale, cross-cultural datasets of people’s perceptions about resource production and consumption, particularly in under-represented communities worldwide. 

Interests

  • Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring
  • Energy Informatics
  • Computational Sustainability
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Public Datasets and Data Formats
  • End-user Engagement

Resources

Funded Research Projects

So far, my research in collaboration with other members from M-ITI / LARSYS and prsma.com, has led to the successful application of three Research & Development grants.

Currently Funded Projects

  • SMILE

    SMart IsLand Energy systems

    Role: Co-PI at prsma.com,

    Web: http://www.h2020smile.eu/

    Duration: May 2017 to April 2021

    Funding Agency: EU / H2020-LCE-2016-SGS

    Reference: 731249

    Total Funding: ~12M €

Previously Funded Projects

  • Energy Spectrum

    Market uptake of an innovative Non-intrusive Appliance Load Monitoring (NIALM) to enlarge ENERGY efficiency SPECTRUM to comprise the families factor

    Role: Data Science Lead at prsma.com

    Web: https://sme.easme-web.eu/beneficiary/927110481?b=927110481

    Duration: February 2016 to July 2016

    Funding Agency: EU / H2020-SMEINST-1-2015

    Reference: 710936

    Total Funding: ~71k €

  • SmartSolar

    Smart Solar Energy Management and Monitoring

    Role: Senior Researcher

    Duration: September 2014 to August 2015

    Funding Agency: Madeira Region II / + Conhecimento II

    Reference: MADFDR-01- 0190-FEDER-000015