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ESEIA Conference, Dublin 2018

Keynote Speakers


PolicyDeirdre Clune MEP

Mobility : Anne Graham, CEO NTA (+ presentation)

Energy : Dr. Amadou Ba, IBM Research

Bioresourcing : Dr. Marlene Kienberger, TU Graz (+ presentation)

Urban Regeneration : Owen O'Doherty (+ presentation)

Smart Energy Systems - Actions, Plans, & Problems
- Community Grid
 : Prof. Michael Conlon, DIT (+ presentation)
- Local Energy Management
 : Donna Garland, CODEMA (+ presentation)
- Energy Networks
 : Paul Hayes, ESB Networks (+ presentation)

Smart Mobility Systems - Actions, Plans, & Problems
- Traffic : Brendan O'Brien, DCC (+ presentation)
- Walkability : Dr. Lorraine D'Arcy (+ presentation)

Energy Funding in Ireland : Dr. Matt Kennedy, IERC (+ presentation)




Deidre Clune
MEP, Member of the European Parliament's Committee on Transport & Tourism.‌
13:00 Tuesday 10th. April, Gleeson Hall, DIT Kevin St. 

Deidre represents the Ireland South constituency in the European Parliament and is the only Irish member of the Parliament’s Committee on Transport & Tourism. Influencing and directing EU policy and research directions, the committee’s recent publications deal with issues that include
-       Drivers changing mobility requirement (technology, environment, aging populations, …)
-       Decarbonisation of EU transport
-       Infrastructure funding challenges in the sharing economy

Deirdre is a Civil Engineer, with a Higher Diploma in Environmental Engineering and has worked with leading engineering firms, including Delap & Waller, Roughton & Partners and Arup.

She is a member of the Cork Barry family, carrying on a public service engagement started by her grandfather, and followed by her father. Previously she was the Fine Gael spokesperson on Environmental Information and Protection. Fine Gael is Ireland’s current governing political party.


Anne Graham
CEO, National Transport Authority – Ireland
13:30 Tuesday 10th. April, Gleeson Hall, DIT Kevin St.

Anne is Chief Executive Officer with the National Transport Authority. The Authority is responsible for the provision, regulation and integration of public transport services, the provision of supporting infrastructure for sustainable transport and for driving the greater use of sustainable transport as a mode of choice. She previously worked with the Authority as Director of Public Transport Services on the regulation and provision of public transport services nationally.

Prior to joining the NTA, she worked in the Dublin local authorities as a chartered civil engineer in the drainage, roads and traffic divisions; as a project manager on the redevelopment of Dublin’s O’Connell Street area and as an Area Manager in the South West area of the city.

Presentation: mobility_nta_a_graham 


Dr. Amadou Ba
Research Scientist/Principal Investigator, IBM Research
14:00 Tuesday 10th. April, Gleeson Hall, DIT Kevin St.

Amadou investigates, develops, and scales cutting edge technologies in the realm of AI with his prime research interest at the confluence of control theory, machine learning, signal processing, and online monitoring. This expertise is continually being applied to a broad range of industries, including Energy and Utilities and Smart Buildings. He has authored more than 20 research papers and has filed 8 patents. Amadou Ba’s prior roles at IBM Research have involved him with groups engaged with Global Technology Outlook, ThinkLab, and Cognitive IoT Strategies. His distinctions include invention achievements awards, IBM Research's top talents employees program, and 2014 Global Young Scientist.

Amadou Ba received his M.S. in Robotics and Machine Intelligence, and his Ph.D. in Control Theory and Signal Processing from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers de Paris, France.


Dr. Marlene Kienberger
Institute of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Technical University Graz.
15:00 Tuesday, 10th. April, r5.050, DIT Aungier St.

After spending some years in the industry, where Marlene worked on process development and intensification as well as on its improvement throughout the whole production line and at different production facilities worldwide, she is now holding a tenure track position in the field of Biorefinery. Besides contributing to the development of the new European master program on “Biorefinery Engineering”, her main focus is the isolation of valuables from industrial process streams. Her working group focus on two topics: first the isolation of valuables from the pulp and paper industry and second the in-situ separation of valuables from bio-catalytically produced substances.

Marlene has a primary degree in Chemical Engineering and she also holds a PhD in Process Engineering awarded by the Graz University of Technolgy, Austria.

Presentation :  bioeconomy_tugraz_m_kienberger


Owen O'Doherty
Deputy City Architect, Dublin City Council
16:30 Tuesday, 10th. April, r5.050, DIT Aungier St.

The City Architect’s Division in Dublin City Council work has as its core focus on housing while also covering civic buildings, urban design, architectural conservation and the public realm as well as design innovation projects such as PIVOT Dublin. Owen has worked on projects focussed on regenerating the city’s historic core including a current programme of estate regenerations, the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter development and the Dublin City Public Realm Strategy. Prior to joining the Council he worked on the master-planning of a number of large scale regeneration projects including the Moyross Regeneration, Limerick and the London 2012 Athlete’s Village masterplan.

He has previously been a Teaching Fellow in urban design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and has taught architecture at DIT and Kingston University.

Presentation : Urban_Regen_O_ODoherty


Thursday, 12th. April, r5.050, DIT Aungier St.
09:00  Prof. Michael Conlon, Dublin Energy Lab, DIT.

Michael is the Director of the Electrical Power Research Centre (EPRC), one of the main research centres operating through the Dublin Energy Lab. His research interests includes transient and dynamic analysis of power systems; simulation and control of power systems; electromagnetic transient analysis; applications of superconductivity in power systems; power systems reliability, development of wind energy including operational issues and integration into transmission networks.

His wide range of experience includes managing the Energy Forecasting and Reliability team with VENCorp, Australia and coordinating and delivering on DIT’s collaboration in the €4m EU FP7 PV Crops project. Current projects include Photovoltaic Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles.

Presentation: energy_system_euproject_m_conlon 


09:30 Donna Gartland, Executive Energy Planner, CODEMA (City of Dublin Energy Management Agency)

Donna Gartland is Executive Energy Planner at Codema and is responsible for Energy Planning and Policy. Donna specialises in the planning and implementation of local level smart District Energy systems. She is technical advisor for Codema on the €11.5m Interreg North-West Europe project HeatNet, which aims to overcome barriers and advance 4th Generation District Energy systems. Donna is also co-director of the Irish District Energy Association, which aims to promote and support the use of district energy in Ireland. 

Donna holds an MSc in Sustainable Energy Planning & Management from Aalborg University Denmark, and is currently pursuing a PhD with University College Cork's Energy Policy & Modelling Group. 

Presentation: energy_management_dublin_codema_d_gartland


10:00 Paul Hayes, Smart Networks - Systems & Sustainability, ESB Networks (Electricity Supply Board)
With 29 years’ experience in the electricity industry covering areas such as load research, wholesale trading, network planning, Paul currently is a member of the Smart Networks function in ESB Networks, responsible for the portfolio of R&D projects and maintaining strategic roadmaps giving guidance to the Utility. This involves close interaction with regulators, policy makers, international standardisation bodies, academia, research organisations, SME's and large scale enterprise in the areas of Science, Technology, ICT and Innovation.

Current projects that Paul is working on include; the EU H2020 Project SOGNO that is looking to use grid edge sensors and software algorithms to implement “self-healing” network to reduce the number of customers affected by outages, as part of the recently launched ESB Networks Dingle Initiative Paul is the lead for ESB Networks on StoreNet which is a project to investigate the use of domestic battery storage systems to provide voltage support on the LV and MV Network.

Presenation: energy_networks_esb_p_hayes 


Thursday, 12th. April, r5.050, DIT Aungier St.

Brendan O'Brien, Head of Technical Services (Traffic), Dublin City Council

Brendan is responsible for traffic management throughout the city, transportation forward planning, public lighting, noise and environmental monitoring and is the light rail LUAS Cross City project coordinator for Dublin City Council.  Brendan has been involved in initiatives such as the introduction of the 5 axle HGV ban, College Green Bus Gate, roll out of the Canal Way segregated cycle route, and the nationwide roll-out of the bus, train and tram real time information system which tracks in real time bus, tram and rail arrivals at over 10,000 stops throughout Ireland.


11:30 Dr. Lorraine D’Arcy, Lecturer, DIT

Lorraine’s expertise is in assessing design features in neighbourhoods that deter people from walking, cycling, or using public transport, in terms of environmental costs and public health. This expertise has grown from her PhD work in Behaviour Science (Walkability) in 2013. This multidisciplinary approach allowed for the development of a walkability criteria which can be used across disciplines, in research and practice, and across spatial scales.  The study, the Cleaner, Greener, Leaner study was funded by the Irish EPA through their STRIVE Programme. 

She has worked in the areas of transport and development planning and traffic engineering with Cunnane Stratton Reynolds and Faber Maunsell (AECOM). 

Presenatation: mobility_walkability_dit_l_darcy 


12:00 Dr. Matt Kennedy, Head of Strategy & Business, IERC (International Energy Research Centre)
Dr. Matt Kennedy is the Head of Strategy and Business in the IERC, an Irish Government supported, industrial led, collaborative energy research centre hosted by the Tyndall National Institute. He was previously led Energy RD&D for the Irish Government and was National Delegate (Energy) for FP6/FP7 and H2020 for Ireland at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Matt was lead EU Negotiator for technology at COP21 UNFCCC and was a member of the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee.

Matt was previously Chair of the UN's Climate Technology Centre, Chair of the IEA's Renewable Energy Technology Deployment Implementing Agreement and the Chair of the Programme Board of the Renewable Every and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). Matt holds a PhD in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, and Masters' degrees from NUI Galway and University College Dublin.

Presenatation: energy_funding_ireland_ierc_m_kennedy