A call is open for 4 (four) research intern at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) of the University of Madeira (Funchal, Portugal), under the Regional Project M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000002, co-financed by “Madeira 14-20” – MITIExcell, under the following conditions:
Closing date: 25-01-2019
Type of contract: full-time
Start date: 01-02-2019 (or any date after this)
Duration: 3 months, eventually renewable for another 3 months.
Monthly stipend: 385 Euros
Job Country: Portugal
Job City: Funchal
Job Company / Institute: Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI)
Main research field: Computer Science - Energy Management - Data Science - Sustainable Development - Smart Energy Systems
This research grant targets highly motivated students interested in gaining research experience.
BIC1: Interactive daily reconstruction method
In this project, the selected researcher will work in the development of an interactive platform to collect driving and household appliance usage and routines following the daily reconstruction method . The main tasks of the researcher include:
- Design and develop a web-app to collect driving and household appliance usage routines
- Conduct a pilot deployment and evaluation of the web-app
 A. B. K. Daniel Kahneman, “A survey method for characterizing daily life experience: The day reconstruction method,” Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 306, no. 5702, pp. 1776–80, 2005.
BIC2: Multimedia File Format for Data Analytics in Smart Energy Grids
In this project, the selected researcher will work in the development of a new file format to represent, store and manipulate time-series datasets. An early version of this data format already exists [1, 2], and it is an extension of the RIFF-WAVE file format. The main tasks of the researcher include:
- Move from RIFF-WAVE to SonyWave64a to avoid the 4 GB file size limitation
- Develop an API for the CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) operations
- Evaluate the new format by converting a number of publicly available datasets
 Lucas Pereira, Nuno Nunes, Mario Bérges, "SURF and SURF-PI: A File Format and API for Non-intrusive Load Monitoring Public Datasets”, in ACM E-Energy 2014
 Lucas Pereira, "EMD-DF: A Data Model and File Format for Energy Disaggregation Datasets”, in ACM BuildSys 2017
BIC3: SustData - Public Datasets for Sustainability and Electric Energy Research
In this project, the selected researcher will work on improving the SustData research datasets [1, 2]. The main tasks of the researcher will be:
- Improve the current workflow for publishing new data (e.g., data cleaning, pre-processing, and metadata definition)
- Apply the new methodology to existing (unpublished) data
- Develop support data management and analysis scripts
 L. Pereira, F. Quintal, R. Gonçalves, and N. J. Nunes, “SustData: A Public Dataset for ICT4S Electric Energy Research,” in ICT4S 2014
 M. Ribeiro, L. Pereira, F. Quintal, and N. Nunes, “SustDataED: A Public Dataset for Electric Energy Disaggregation Research,” in ICT4S 2016
BIC4: Value Proposition of Disaggregated Electricity Consumption Data
In this project, the selected researcher will work on assessing the value proposition of individual appliance consumption data from the perspective of energy consumers and prosumers. The main tasks of the researcher will be:
- Study, design and implement visualizations of individual appliance consumption data
- Participate in a randomized control trial in Madeira Island, to study the value proposition of individual appliance consumption data, through qualitative assessments. E.g., understand the benefits of disaggregated information to the end user, through a mix of qualitative and quantitative metrics [1, 2].
 J. Kelly and W. Knottenbelt, "Does disaggregated electricity feedback reduce domestic electricity consumption? A systematic review of the literature," in International NILM Workshop 2016
 C. Nalmpantis and D. Vrakas, "Machine learning approaches for non-intrusive load monitoring: from qualitative to quantitative comparison," Artif. Intell. Rev., pp. 1-27, Jan. 2018
The work will be conducted at Madeira-ITI (Funchal, Portugal), under the supervision of Prof. Lucas Pereira.
Legislation and regulations:
The scholarships are directed to applicants under the current conditions established on the FCT regulations (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/) and Research Grant Holder Statute.
The scholarship will have a length of 3 months, with an expected start of February 1st, 2019, eventually renewable for another 3 months.
The student will receive a stipend of 385€/month as determined by the FCT regulations (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores). Accidents insurance is included.