Energy Informatics (Cancelled. Might be arranged during 2018)

Sustainability is usually defined as “meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainability is currently one of the most important issues facing our world, and will continue to be so for decades as it will take a long-term to reverse some adverse environmental changes. Information System (IS) and Information Technology (IT) play a critical role in sustainable development, and Energy Informatics is an approach to addressing sustainability issues and reducing energy consumption. By learning about Energy Informatics, those enrolled in this class will leverage the necessary computing competencies and multi-disciplinary knowledge to contribution to creating a sustainable future. Energy Informatics involves analyzing, designing, and implementing systems to increase the efficiency of energy demand and supply systems. This requires the collection and analysis of data used to optimize energy distribution and consumption networks. Students will leverage the necessary information systems competencies and multi-disciplinary knowledge to increase societal energy efficiency.

Schedule and location

Wednesday May10th - Thursday May 11th 

University of Vaasa, Fabriikki building, class room F141 (Visiting address: Wolffintie 34)

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The event is cancelled.



Professor Richard Watson, University of Georgia

General Manager Pasi Juppo, Wärtsilä

Chief Business Development Officer Andy Lundström, ThereCorporation



Professor Tero Vartiainen, University of Vaasa

Professor Mohammed Elmusrati, University of Vaasa


Detailed Program


Day 1:

8.30                  Registration and morning coffee

9.00-12.00           An introduction to Energy Informatics (prof. Watson)

12.00-13.00         Lunch

13.00-13.45         Sustainable transport / Maritime informatics (RISE Viktoria, speaker and exact title undefined)

14.00-16.00         Sustainability and IS strategy & Controlled environmental agriculture problem (prof. Watson)


Day 2:

8.30                    Morning coffee

9.00-12.00           The intermittency problem & demand response systems (prof. Watson)

12.00-13.00          Lunch

13.00 -13.30        Services in energy section and a business case (ThereCorporation, Andy Lundström)

13.30-14.00         Digitalization in energy sector (Pasi Juppo. Wärtsilä)

14.15-15.00         The shift in dominant logic & the digitization of capital (prof. Watson)



  • Watson, R.T., Boudreau, M.-C., & Chen, A.J.W. (2010). Information Systems and environmentally sustainable development: Energy Informatics and new directions for the IS community. MIS Quarterly, 34(1), 23-38. 
  • Watson, R.T., Boudreau, M.-C., Li, S., & Levis, J. (2010). Telematics at UPS: En route to Energy Informatics. MIS Quarterly Executive, 9(1), 1-11. 
  • Watson, R.T., Corbett, J., Boudreau, M.-C., & Webster, J. (2012). An information strategy for environmental sustainability. Communications of the ACM, 55(7), 28-30. 
  • Watson, R.T., Lawrence, T., Boudreau, M.-C., & Johnsen, K. (2013). Design of a demand response system: Economics and information systems alignment. Paper presented at the European Conference on Information Systems, Utrecht, Netherlands. 
  • Watson, R.T., Holm, H., & Lind, M. (2015). Green steaming: A methodology for estimating carbon emissions avoided. Paper presented at the International Conference on Information Systems, Fort Worth, TX. 
  • Watson, R.T., Lind, M., & Haraldson, S. (2012). The emergence of sustainability as the new dominant logic: Implications for Information Systems. Paper presented at the International Conference on Information Systems, Orlando, FL.
  • Pigni, F., Piccoli, G., & Watson, R.T. (2016). Digital Data Streams: Creating value from the real-time flow of big data. California Management Review, 58(3), 5-25. 


Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain  2  credit points. This requires participating on all of the days and active discussion in given discussion tasks. 


Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 400 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch is not included.