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Building Thinc: User Incentivization And Meeting Rescheduling For Energy Savings, Jun Young Kwak, Debarun Kar, William Haskell, Pradeep Reddy Varakantham, Milind Tambe Feb 2014

Building Thinc: User Incentivization And Meeting Rescheduling For Energy Savings, Jun Young Kwak, Debarun Kar, William Haskell, Pradeep Reddy Varakantham, Milind Tambe

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This paper presents THINC, an agent developed for saving energy in real-world commercial buildings. While previous work has presented techniques for computing energy-efficient schedules, it fails to address two issues, centered on human users, that are essential in real-world agent deployments: (i) incentivizing users for their energy saving activities and (ii) interacting with users to reschedule key “energy-consuming” meetings in a timely fashion, while handling the uncertainty in such interactions. THINC addresses these shortcomings by providing four new major contributions. First, THINC computes fair division of credits from energy savings. For this fair division, THINC provides novel algorithmic advances for ...


Tesla: An Energy-Saving Agent That Leverages Schedule Flexibility, Jun Young Kwak, Pradeep Varakantham, Rajiv Maheswaran, Burcin Becerik-Gerber, Milind Tambe May 2013

Tesla: An Energy-Saving Agent That Leverages Schedule Flexibility, Jun Young Kwak, Pradeep Varakantham, Rajiv Maheswaran, Burcin Becerik-Gerber, Milind Tambe

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This innovative application paper presents TESLA, an agent-based application for optimizing the energy use in commercial buildings. TESLA’s key insight is that adding flexibility to event/meeting schedules can lead to significant energy savings. TESLA provides three key contributions: (i) three online scheduling algorithms that consider flexibility of people’s preferences for energyefficient scheduling of incrementally/dynamically arriving meetings and events; (ii) an algorithm to effectively identify key meetings that lead to significant energy savings by adjusting their flexibility; and (iii) surveys of real users that indicate that TESLA’s assumptions exist in practice. TESLA was evaluated on data ...