European research project Eco-Bot with the participation of the UE Katowice [video]

Eco-Bot is a personalized virtual energy assistant. With this tool, the user will have constant insight into the consumption of electricity. Experts from several EU countries are working on creating such a bot, including scientists from the University of Economics in Katowice.

Eco-Bot ("Personalised ICT-tools for the Active Engagement of Consumers towards Sustainable Energy") is a 43-month project co-funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 the EU program within a consortium of five European Union countries. The Eco-Bot consortium consists of nine partners, namely RISA, Estabanell Energia, adelphi, SEnerCon, DEXMA, the University of Strathclyde, PLEGMA Labs, the University of Economics in Katowice, and ERRA.

Eco-Bot aims to create a personalised virtual energy assistant that will deliver information about energy consumption on an appliance level and user-tailored advice on energy efficiency measures, aspiring to engage users towards more energy efficient behaviour. To this end, Eco-Bot explores non-intrusive load monitoring (NILM) algorithms, multi-factorial behaviour modelling and natural language processing. 

The research team of the University of Economics in Katowice is involved in creating personalized recommendations for energy consumers as a part of behavioural economics and statistical modelling. We use, among other data analysis obtained during a consumer survey and machine learning. Our team has prepared the sets of advice for consumers on how to save energy and how to change their behaviour into greener and more ecological.

The research team of our University is represented by:

  • the project manager Sylwia Słupik, Ph.D. (from the Department of Social and Economic Policy),
  • Joanna Kos-Łabędowicz, Ph.D. (from the Department of International Economic Relations),
  • Joanna Trzęsiok, Ph.D. (from the Department of Economic and Financial Analysis),
  • Paweł Lorek, Ph.D. Eng. (from the Department of Business Informatics).

On January 22, 2020, the Poland in portal published material from an interview with the project manager - Sylwia Słupik, Ph.D. promoting the project and the achievements of the University team.