Summer School on Smart cities for a Sustainable Energy Future - From Design to Practice

Location: TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Dates: August, 19-30, Germany


Early-stage PhD students and Master students in related degree
programs at any institution worldwide.


Technical University of Berlin, GT-ARC, Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering, University of Oslo, University of Stavanger, University of Lille, and Technical University of Munich



The summer school will cover future smart energy systems and intelligent transportation systems, two key components that constitute the smart city vision. The use of distributed renewable energy resources is a promising way to solve today´s climate and energy problems. In a city context, decentralized renewable energy production mostly imply thermal and photovoltaic (PV) solar energy, possibly complemented with battery storage, as it can be installed on roof tops and facades.  At the same time, energy demand will change: electric vehicles (EVs) will become our means of transportation, (hybrid) heat pumps will keep our houses warm during cold winter nights and EV charging will start when solar power peaks or demand is low. Advancements in ICT make this scenario feasible. ICT will give us direct insight into our energy consumption, and become a major controlling component in our entire energy system. Intelligent software will seamlessly match energy supply and demand without human interaction, ensuring uninterrupted availability of energy whenever we need it, leading to the concept of Internet of Energy (IoE). 


The summer school will cover contemporary topics in smart energy and intelligent e-mobility systems in a smart city context. These include sustainable energy management in neighborhoods and buildings, integration of renewable energy resources into the city distribution grid, demand-response management, charging infrastructures for electric vehicles, future energy information networks and cyber-physical energy systems, security and privacy, citizen engagement, data analytics in energy systems, and ICT infrastructures for supporting intelligent eMobility systems including V2X communication, vehicular edge computing, advanced vehicle safety and autonomous driving, and the role of Internet of Things.

In addition to lectures, the summer school will include hands on sessions on the recent trends and modern approaches in each domain such as artificial intelligence and blockchain for smart energy systems, autonomous driving and network security. 

Detailed description here. 

Confirmed speakers.

Detailed Program will be available soon.



Admission to the summer school will be based on assessment of applications from prospective student participants. To apply, please submit the following here:

  1. 1-2 page position paper, research statement, or work abstract
  2. 1-2 page CV or bio
  3. The transcripts of your highest degree
  4. Letter of recommendation

Accommodation will be provided to the admitted students for the whole duration of the summer school. Upon presentation of documentation, travel expenses will be reimbursed after the summer school with a maximum of €300 for travels within Europe, and with a maximum of €800 for overseas travels. 

Accepted students are required to pay a fee of €150 uponregistration.



Application Deadline: July 1, 2019
Notification: July 8, 2019
Registration: July 15, 2019
Summer School check-in: August 19, 2019

Admitted students that need a visa to Germany should apply for visa without delay as the
visa process usually takes 2-3 weeks.