Conference Program

Program Overview

The final program is to be announced.


Keynote Speaker

Simon Dietz, London School of Economics and Political Science

Simon Dietz is an environmental economist with particular interests in climate change and sustainable development. He has published research on a wide range of issues and works with governments, businesses and NGOs on topics of shared interest, such as carbon pricing, institutional investment, and insurance. Simon is based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he is Professor of Environmental Policy in the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and the Department of Geography and Environment.  He is also co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Vice President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, a CESifo Research Network Fellow, a Principal consultant at Vivid Economics, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and research lead for the Transition Pathway Initiative.

His research interest are decision-making under uncertainty, questions of equity/social justice within and between generations, the links between economic growth and the environment, international environmental agreements.

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Hamid Zareipour, University of Calgary

Dr. Zareipour received his PhD from the University of Waterloo in 2006. He holds an MSc from the University of Tabriz and a BSc from K.N. Toosi University of Technology. He has worked with the Alberta Electric System Operator as a consultant. Hamid is the chair of electricity markets economics subcommittee of IEEE PES, the co-chair of the IEEE PES working group on economics of energy storage and the co-chair of IEEE global energy forecasting competition. In 2018, his research was recognized by the Class of Peak Scholars at the University of Calgary for 'Training Engineering Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs'.

Dr. Zareipour works on operation and planning of power systems in presence of uncertainty. In particular, he has completed several research projects on forecasting uncertain variables (e.g., electricity market prices, wind and solar power production, load in buildings and micro grids and regional grids), and optimal integration of emerging technologies (e.g., storage, wind and solar) into power grids. His current projects are mostly focused on (i) modelling and forecasting the movements of wholesale prices of electrical energy and ancillary services as well as net electricity demand in competitive electricity markets, (ii), integrating those models and forecasts into operation and planning algorithms for hybrid renewable electrical energy systems. The tools and methodologies developed by his team build on the latest developments in statistical modelling, artificial intelligence, big data solutions, large-scale stochastic optimization, and high performance computing.

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