Smarter Energy Research Institute (SERI)

Creating the utility of the future

Third Annual SERI Conference

Facing mounting uncertainties, the renewable energy industry embraces analytics for informed business and operational decisions.

On June 17-18, 2015, SERI will host representatives from global Energy & Utilities companies. To attend, register for this year's conference.

REGISTRATION: Smarter Energy Research Institute Annual Conference

IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
1101 Kitchawan Road, Route 134
Yorktown Heights, New York
June 17-18, 2015


Keynote Speakers
What does Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) mean for electric utilities?
 Audrey Zibelman Audrey Zibelman, Chair, NY Public Service Commission
Feasibility and implications of moving to a 100% renewable electric power system in New York & the United States
Professor Mark Jacobson, Stanford University Professor Mark Jacobson, Stanford University
 OPUS Vision: A framework to optimally plan & orchestrate energy systems of the future
Chandu Visweswariah Chandu Visweswariah, IBM Fellow, Smarter Energy and Environmental Science, IBM Research
Kevin Warren Kevin Warren, Distinguished Research Staff Member, and Senior Manager, Clean Energy and Environmental Science, IBM Research

Special Panel Sessions

Session 1: Ensuring Grid Resilience in a World of Uncertainty

What are the top three technology or policy drivers to achieve (near) zero outage?

Session 2: Challenges and Opportunities in Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Micro-grids

Evolve or die: What are the top three ways in which utilities, grids, and business models must evolve?

THINKLab Demonstrations

IBM Research to showcase tools that support Asset & Resource Management, Situational Awareness,  Outage Planning Optimization, and Integration of renewable and distributed energy resources.

About SERI

As technology transforms both the delivery and requirements of energy, the Smarter Energy Research Institute (SERI) is working with energy and utility companies to develop innovative analytics solutions for their businesses.

SERI focuses on joint research efforts with clients in areas such as outage planning optimization, asset management optimization, integration of renewables and distributed energy resources, wide-area situational awareness and the participatory network.


Recap: SERI Second Annual Conference

On June 18-19, 2014, SERI hosted representatives from 22 global Energy & Utilities companies. Watch a recap, below.


Founding utility members

Join the Smarter Energy Research Institute

  • SERI seeks to address challenges that have not been solved by traditional approaches, coupling IBM's $6B investment in cross-industry analytics R&D with the deep industry expertise of utility members.
  • Membership requires a 2-year minimum commitment, in order to address large-scale business, planning or operational issues that will provide extraordinary value to the member.
  • Members are free to deploy the software code and algorithms developed in SERI, and are encouraged to participate in and contribute to each of their own projects as well as collaborate with and share in other members' projects.
  • Members define up to two projects with IBM Research, and have rights to the outcomes of all SERI projects.
  • Membership is limited, and members have a seat at the table with IBM Research to guide the direction of SERI through the Governance Committee.
  • For more information, contact SERI Program Director Amy Schneider.
Venn diagram showing: Creating a shared agenda, shared investments and shared success.

Past Conferences: 2013 Inaugural SERI Conference

Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen

The inaugural Smarter Energy Research Institute (SERI) Conference, held June 11-12, 2013, launched the next generation of analytics for the energy and utilities industry. The founding SERI members and IBM Research staff co-led the unveiling of seven new applications across the institute's innovation tracks.

Master inventor Dean Kamen gave the keynote address about his work in bringing clean water and electricity to the developing world. Kamen also encouraged the technology and utility leaders in the audience to share their passions with the next generation of young scientists and engineers and to participate in Dean’s not-for-profit program, FIRST.

Read more about the 2013 Conference.

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