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NEWS | 28.08.2023

BDA’s participation at the MATRYCS 4th replication workshop, 14 July, 2023, Guimarães, Portugal


The fourth and final MATRYCS replication workshop took place on July 14, 2023, within the Special Session on Advances in Sustainable Economics and Technology (ASET) at the 20th International Conference on Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence (DCAI) in Guimarães, Portugal. This workshop marked a significant milestone in the MATRYCS project as the first in-person interaction among some of the Big Data Alliance participants, including the AIR Institute, IOT Digital Innovation Hub, BISITE Research Group of the University of Salamanca, ICLEI Europe and Coopérnico.

The DCAI Conference is an important yearly gathering that brings together experts in distributed computing and artificial intelligence. The conference focuses on how these two areas work together, highlighting the need for sharing knowledge effectively, which is done through in-depth discussions and presentations.

The fourth MATRYCS replication workshop, themed "Inspiring Innovation," highlighted pioneering solutions for data-driven technologies working on the energy field. It encouraged collaboration among diverse participants, fostering an environment that pushes the boundaries for innovation and a more sustainable future.

Marcelo Lampkowski, representing ICLEI Europe, kicked off the workshop with a comprehensive overview of the MATRYCS Toolbox and its services. He elucidated the objectives and anticipated impacts of the MATRYCS project, shedding light on the innovative applications of the toolbox. Specifically, he highlighted services like SECAP decision-making support and EPC harmonization and compliance, both instrumental in facilitating climate action strategies and energy performance certification. These insights were key in bridging the gap between policy insights and practical implementations.

Preflet, a pioneering start-up, shared its journey in extracting value from building energy data, a journey underscored by leveraging AI-based solutions to optimize energy consumption. Preflet's innovative approach aimed at reducing energy costs and carbon footprint aligned seamlessly with the overarching objective of fostering sustainable energy solutions. This presentation not only highlighted technological advancements but also emphasized the empowerment of stakeholders to actively contribute to a greener, more energy-efficient future.

Nuno Matias, representing Coopérnico, introduced a very interesting perspective on "Citizen Empowerment – Unlocking the true potential with data tools." Coopérnico's role as a renewable energy cooperative championing sustainability and social initiatives took center stage. The cooperative emphasis on community engagement and environmental preservation resonated strongly, demonstrating the potential for grassroots movements to drive sustainable practices. The presentation covered key aspects of MATRYCS LSP5, led by Coopérnico, which aims to boost energy community efficiency and sustainable practices. The presentation showcased some of the MATRYCS services such as Energy Prediction, Building Automation, and Control, and technologies for building customization and investment support.

Javier Parra, from IoT Digital Innovation Hub, presented an engaging discourse on "EDIHs and their link to European development: the role of IoT DIH." The presentation underscored the pivotal role of digital innovation hubs in propelling the integration of IoT technologies into business operations, production processes, products, and services, with a special focus on the European context. The presentation illuminated the potential for these hubs to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations that leverage cutting-edge technologies like Big Data, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning.

The workshop's extended beyond presentations into interactive discussions that encouraged active participation from the audience. Delving into pertinent topics, the discussions encompassed themes such as the utility of smart meters in buildings, the influence of external factors in the green energy transition, and the potential for collaboration and cooperation among the showcased tools. These discussions provided a dynamic platform for stakeholders to share insights, perspectives, and potential pathways towards a more sustainable future.

In conclusion, the MATRYCS replication workshop served as a robust nexus of innovative ideas, collaborative efforts, and impactful discussions. The active participation of BDA members further enriched the event's depth and breadth, fostering an environment conducive to driving sustainable economics and technology forward. This workshop not only provided valuable insights but also poised the stage for potential collaborations that could propel the evolution of sustainable practices across Europe.