Dr. Antonio Sanfilippo

Dr. Antonio Sanfilippo

Abstract:

Due to the increasing integration of renewable energy and electric vehicles in global and local power networks, the management of energy systems has become more complex. AI can help address the challenges that emerge from this complexity through the use of machine learning and automation methods that optimize and secure energy use. The application of these machine learning and automation methods involves a set of concerted processes in data collection/generation and wrangling, algorithm development, and computing infrastructure engineering. The aim of this talk is to  review these processes with reference to energy management applications in power system monitoring and control, solar forecasting, demand side management, the adoption and trade of renewable energy, and electric vehicle integration.

Biography: Dr. Antonio Sanfilippo is Chief Scientist at Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute (QEERI), where he leads the Energy Management Program. While at QEERI, he has been awarded several grants from Qatar National Research Fund and presented with the 2020 Qatar Innovation Leadership Award by the World Innovation Congress. Under his leadership, the QEERI Energy Management Program team has established renewable and smart grid capabilities that have become the national point of reference for local and international stakeholders. Prior to QEERI, Dr. Sanfilippo was the Chief Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in the U.S., where he received the Laboratory Director’s Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in 2008. While at PNNL, he led research projects for the Dept. of Homeland Security, the National Institutes of Health, the Dept. of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and a four-year laboratory initiative on predictive analytics. Dr. Sanfilippo has also held positions as Research Director in the private sector, Senior Consultant at the European Commission, Research Supervisor and Group Manager at SHARP Laboratories of Europe, and Research Associate at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge in the UK. Dr. Sanfilippo holds master’s degrees from Columbia University (U.S.), and a Ph.D. from the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh (UK).