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Special Track on
Energy Engineering, Economics and Policy: EEEP 2018
in the context of
The 11th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation: IMETI 2018
 
July 8 - 11, 2018  ~  Orlando, Florida, USA



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  About the Special Track

Energy is a multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary concept. Different Engineering disciplines are strongly based on the concept of 'energy'. Different kinds of energy relate this concept to different disciplines, hence its multi-disciplinary nature. Energy conservation and transformation relate different kinds of energy in the context of inter-disciplinary studies and projects. The economic and socio-political impact of these studies and projects and their consequential technological innovations, relate Energy Engineering to Economics and Public Policy.

The increasing importance, significance, and interest in the relationships among different Energy Engineering disciplines, as well as between them and Economics and Public Policy, prompted IMETI 2018's Organizing Committee to organize a symposium where scholars and engineers from different disciplines, economists, and public policy makers can join in a multi-disciplinary forum where disciplinary, inter- and/or trans-disciplinary studies and reflections can be presented and discussed in the context of a multi-disciplinary audience. One of the primary focuses of this symposium is the sharing of ideas, views and information that might be of vital importance in the strategic planning of research and development for the oil and gas industry and the broader Energy areas, including renewable energy, availability, usage, transport, and environmental issues.


Energy is also being increasingly interrelated to other two trans-disciplinary concepts and tools: Informatics and cybernetics. Energy is complementing and is being complemented by informatics and cybernetics. This is the basic reason why the Organizing Committee collocated EEEP 2018 in the same venue and at the same time as other conferences related to informatics and Cybernetics.

A growing number of interdisciplinary projects, in these areas, are emerging in the academy and in industry. Cross-fertilization among the three can be found in academic and industrial research, as well as in innovations, products and new applications. Accordingly, another purpose of the Organizing committee is to bring together researchers, professionals, practitioners, consultants and managers from the academic, public and private sectors; and to provide them with a forum to present their work, solutions and problems in these related fields, as well as in the relationships among them.

Therefore, the symposium will offer a forum for knowledge and experience sharing, and to present a wide range of information in order to encourage thoughtful evaluation and discussion regarding the development of wind, solar, biomass, hydro and thermal energy on tribal, regional, federal, state and private lands, strategy and policy issues. Sessions are designed to be interactive and provide time for audience participation. Receptions and events will be offered to provide the opportunity for participants and presenters to network and share ideas. Speakers and Moderators have been invited because of their experience and expertise in the oil & gas and renewable energy. We believe this symposium, and gatherings like it, are critical to the future development of a stable and secure industry energy supply.

EEEP 2018 will face the mission of addressing issues raised by the growing interdependency between Energetics, Economics and Politics; with the hope of contributing to the formulation of hemispheric energy security policies, collaborative research agendas and human resources development, which would help in integrating the academic, industrial and government sectors.

One of the most important objectives of EEEP 2018 will be to engage in activities and to support policies that promote energy sector growth that is economically and environmentally sound; and thereby further a greater self-sufficiency through dependable and competitively priced energy, expand national and more integrated economies, and increase the quality of life for people.

EEEP 2018's Organizing Committee invites authors to submit their original and unpublished works, innovations, problems that require solutions, position papers, case studies, etc., in the fields of energy (engineering, economics and policy) as well as in the conceptual and instrumental applications of informatics and cybernetics in the different kinds of energy.

Energy, Information and Cybernetics are conceptually and ontologically related. The importance of these relationships is increasing in both the intellectual and the practical domains.

The isomorphism found between Shannon's mathematical definition of "information" and the Second Law of Thermodynamics seems not to be a mere coincidence or an intellectual curiosity with no practical value. Thermodynamics entropy and information (negantropy, or negative entropy) seems to relate to each other not just in mathematical isomorphism, but seems to hold possibilities of integration with each other in very practical and useful ways. As an example, we can cite the demonstration made by Prof. Erhard Moeller of the Fachhochschule Aachen in Germany, at the "Hacking in Progress Conference" (HIP '97), who by means of van Eck monitoring, who showed that computer monitors radiate the video signal they are displaying, and this radiation can be picked up using an antenna and then displayed at another monitor. This means, according to Richard Thieme, that radiation leaking from your PC means energy and information leaking from it can be reconstructed into useful forms. "Hackers - he says - do not have to break into your system if the system is leaking energy and information; they just have to capture and reconstitute it in useful formsthe information leaked from your PC monitor, even when it meets all the standards proscribed by law, can be reconstituted on a screen at a distance greater than the length of a football field, and every thing you are seeing at this moment can be seen by that fellow in the van down the block as well." (Thieme, 2004) This is a fact with strong implications in the area of information security. The conceptual and the possible ontological relationships between energy and information have a practical impact with a high pragmatic value. And cyberspace is also strongly related to this issue. The global network - Thieme insightfully wrote - "is a mediating structure through which information and energy is transmitted literally as well as in symbolic forms." Hence, energy, information and cyberspace are conceptually and ontologically related in such a way as to impact pragmatic dimensions and practical perspectives.

Since its historical origins up to the present, Cybernetics, as well as its core concepts has been strongly related to energy. Wiener, who coined the term "cybernetics", defined it as "the science of control and communications in the animal and the machine". This definition clearly, though implicitly, relates cybernetics to energy. To be useful, energy should be controlled and communicated (transported, distributed). So, energy, as long as it can be "cybernetized", might be useful, constructive. In the other hand, cybernetics includes the studies of organisms, which interchange energy with their environment, i.e. they are systems that energetically are open. This is why Ashby, one of the fathers of cybernetics, stresses that "Cybernetics, might, in fact, be defined as the study of systems that are open to energy but closed to information and control." (Ashby, 1956; p.4)

The cybernetic concepts of negative and positive feedback controls are at the heart of recent theories regarding energy and thermodynamics. Progogine's work proved that, in open systems, entropy dissipated to the environment of the system becomes a source of order inside the system (negantropy, information). Dissipative structures receive energy from its external environment, and positive feedback loops amplify the jumps and instabilities produced in them, resulting in new forms of organizations. By means of cybernetic concepts (as it is the case of positive feedback) energy and information have been related in the context of new theories and new applications.

References
Ashby, W. R., 1964, Introduction to Cybernetics; Routledge Kegan
Thieme, R., 2004, Islands in the Clickstream: Reflections on Life in a Virtual World, Syngress Publishing, Inc., p. 184


Organizational, Reviewing, and Selection of Best Papers Policies

Technical Keynote Speakers

Technical keynote speakers will be selected from early submissions because this selection requires an additional evaluation according to the quality of the paper, assessed by its reviewers, the authors' CV and the paper's topic.

Virtual Pre- and Post-Conference Sessions

Face-to-face sessions of all events will have associated virtual pre- and post-conference sessions where registered participants can comment each paper in a forum associated to it. Registered participant at any event will have a password to access any virtual session of any collocated event.

Reviewing Process

All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. Final acceptance depends of the three kinds of reviews but a paper should be recommended by non-blind reviewers AND blind reviewers in order to be accepted for presentation at the conference and to be included in the respective conference proceedings. A recommendation to accept made by non-blind reviewers is a necessary condition, but it is not a sufficient one. A submission, to be accepted, should also have a majority of its double-blind reviewers recommending its acceptance. This double necessary conditions generate a more reliable and rigorous reviewing than those reviewing methods based on just one of the indicated methods, or just on the traditional double-blind reviewing. More details regarding this issue can be found at http://www.iiis.org/iiis/PeerReviewing.asp.

The three kinds of reviews mentioned above will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in the JSCI Journal. Details regarding the Acceptance Policy can be found at http://www.iiis.org/iiis/AcceptancePolicy.asp.

Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

Virtual Participation

Submissions for Face-to-Face or for Virtual Participation are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings.
Pre-Conference and Post-conference Virtual sessions (via electronic forums) will be held for each session included in the conference program, so that sessions papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting at the same session can interact during one week before and after the conference. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in virtual sessions.

Invited Sessions Organizers

Registration fees of an effective invited session organizers will be waived according to the policy described in the web page (click on 'Invited Session', then on 'Benefits for the Organizers of Invited Sessions'), where you can get information about the ten benefits for an invited session organizer. To propose the organization of an Invited Session, please go to the menu option Invited Sessions and then to the menu sub-option Invited Sessions Organizers.

Best Papers

Authors of the best 25%-30% of the papers presented at the conference (included those virtually presented) will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.

One best paper of each session included in the program will be selected by the respective sessions co-chairs after consulting with the sessions audience. Invited Sessions organizers will select the best paper of the session they organized. If there is a tie in a given session, the paper that will be selected as the best sessions paper will be the one which have had the highest quantitative evaluations average according to its double-blind and non-blind reviews.

The selection process of the best 25%-30%, to be also published in the Journal, will be based on the sessions' best papers and the quantitative evaluation average made by its anonymous and non-anonymous reviewers. The later will be applied to papers which acceptance was based on reviews made to draft papers. Reviews of abstracts and extended abstracts will not be valid for selecting best papers according to the quantitative evaluation of the respective submissions.




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