International Center for Energy and Information Systems (ICEIS)

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:

  • Solar and renewable energy technologies
  • Advanced power generation and storage technologies
  • Energy efficiency and demand response
  • Smart electricity grid
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Global warming and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Biofuel production and fossil fuel substitution
  • Universities in the Regional Hub Countries

  • Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
  • Cairo University (Cairo, Egypt)
  • University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • Princess Sumaya University for Technology (Amman, Jordan)
  • King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (Dahran, Saudi Arabia)
  • Bahçeşehir University (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Personnel

    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, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech
    Dr. Pipattanasomporn serves as one of the principal investigators (PIs) of multiple research grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy, on research topics related to smart grid, microgrid, energy efficiency, load control, renewable energy and electric vehicles. Her research interests include renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, distributed energy resources, and the smart grid.

    Dr. Murat Kuzlu, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech
    Dr. Murat Kuzlu (Senior Member – IEEE) joined Virginia Tech’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a research fellow in 2011. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Kocaeli University, Turkey, in 2001, 2004, and 2010, respectively. From 2005 to 2006, he worked as a Global Network Product Support Engineer at the Nortel Networks, Turkey. In 2006, he joined the Energy Institute of TUBITAK-MAM (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey – The Marmara Research Center), where he worked as a senior researcher at the Power Electronic Technologies Department . His research interests include smart grid, demand response, smart metering systems (AMR, AMI, AMM), home and building energy management system, co-simulation, wireless communication and embedded systems. He is currently an assistant professor at Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Institute.

  • Regional hub directors located at:
  • 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