International Center for Energy and Information Systems is a center of excellence which helps to foster collaboration between US academic researchers and their counterparts in developing and emerging countries focusing on energy and information systems. The goal is to formulate regional and global solutions for energy development and environmental sustainability, and associated information systems topics including secure data communication for the reliability, security and resilience of the energy supply systems. ICEIS offers its clients seminars, workshops, joint studies and training activities. The Center collaborates with its member institutions in countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East through the regional hubs in Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Qatar/UAE, Bangladesh and Indonesia to ensure broader participation. These interactions foster technical discussions and help bring about energy development and use in conjunction with environmental protection. The Center’s goal is to foster collaborative research, and provide a platform for workshops, training programs and sharing project development experience. In particular, the Center will work with the community of researchers, professionals and policy makers to develop strategies and mechanisms to: (i) facilitate and foster interaction and exchange among energy and information systems (EIS) researchers across a broad range of institutions, programs and technologies, (ii) enable sharing of knowledge generated by EIS research with the broader engineering and scientific communities, sharing and integrating experimental tools and platforms, (iii) facilitate and foster collaboration and information exchange between ICEIS researchers and industry, (iv) facilitate international collaboration on EIS research and (v) provide policy makers in these countries access to analytical tools, technical experts and field experiences from member countries.
Researchers in ICEIS strive to find environmentally compatible methods of energy supply and usage that have the lowest possible carbon footprint throughout the world. Topics of primary interest include:
Universities in the Regional Hub Countries
Prof. Saifur Rahman at Virginia Tech
The center director is Saifur Rahman, the Joseph Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is a 35-year veteran of organizing energy and information systems related workshops and international research collaboration. He has organized conferences, workshops and training programs throughout the world. As a distinguished lecturer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), he has spoken on renewable energy, electric power system planning, intelligent power grid, environment and critical infrastructure protection related topics in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. He has published more than 300 papers and presentations in the areas of his technical interest.
Dr. Manisa Pipattanasomporn at Virginia Tech
Assistant Research Professor at the Advanced Research Institute; specializes in smart grids and intelligent systems
Energy Research Center, Cairo University in Egypt representing North Africa
Energy Institute at Yildiz Technical University in Turkey representing Central Asia
Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Jordan representing West Asia
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia representing Gulf Countries
Center for Energy Studies at Bangladesh Univ of Engg & Tech in Bangladesh representing South Asia
UMPEDAC at University of Malaya representing Southeast Asia