Special Session

at IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN’23

Renewable Energy Sources and Distributed Energy Resources in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Industry Applications

The nexIK research team is organizing this Special Session at IEEE INDIN 2023. This page will be updated to contain all the information about the event. Please refer also to the IEEE INDN 2023 conference (website), and the (Call for Papers).


  • Lucas Pereira, ITI/LARSyS, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
  • Hugo Morais, INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

Call for Papers

Drought, population growth, energy use, land use, socioeconomic changes, and a shifting climate increase water demand and exacerbate pressure on water, energy, and food infrastructure. Therefore, it is critical to re-think how energy is produced and consumed in the water and food sectors. Critical thinking is particularly relevant in the industrial sectors, which are responsible for 25.3% of the final end-use of energy, and 40% of the total water abstractions in the EU alone. Historically, interactions between water, energy, and food have been explored only at the macro-scale, considering only city-to-national-to-international inter-dependencies of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus (WEFN). This approach has proven particularly ineffective in power generation (both traditional and renewable) and several industries such as manufacturing, mining, and agriculture. Adopting renewable energy technologies such as Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) can have substantial positive spill-over effects in the water and food sectors. However, the state-of-the-art is very limited when it comes to understanding the roles that RES and DERs can play in the WEFN. This special session aims to provide a platform for researchers and participants from academic and industrial sectors to report recent research findings and industrial applications concerning the role of RESs and DERs in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.

Topics of the Session include, but are not limited to:

  • WEFN Monitoring and Use of Machine Learning
  • Integration of RES and DERs in the WEFN
  • Human Factors in the WEFN
  • User Experience and WEFN Visualization
  • Public Datasets
  • Standards for Data Sharing and Re-use
  • Decision-Making Tools
  • WEFN Integration in Industrial Buildings
  • WEFN in Industrial Organization Activities
  • Optimization Considering WEFN Global Vision

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of papers: March 01, 2023 March 31, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance of papers: April 15, 2023 May 15, 2023
  • Final manuscripts due: June 05, 2023

Submissions Procedure

Prospective authors are invited to submit full regular papers of their work electronically. English is the working language of the Conference. Papers are limited to six (6) pages. Up to two (2) additional pages can be accepted, but additional page fees must be paid at registration.

All the instructions for paper submission are included in the conference website submissions page.

Technical Progrmm Committee

  • Milad Afzalan, Virginia Tech, VA, USA
  • Mary Barreto, ITI/LARSyS, Universidade da Madeira, Portugal
  • Hafsa Bousbiat, University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, Austria
  • Massimo Cafaro, University of Salento
  • Rui Castro, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
  • Bruno Dias, Universidade Federal Juiz de Fora, Brasil
  • Augusto Esteves, ITI/LARSyS, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
  • Anthony Faustine, Eaton Industries, Ireland
  • Umar Hashmi, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Junjie Hu, North China Electric Power University
  • Cindy Lascano, INESD-ID, Portugal
  • Manolo Manca, University of Cagliari, Italy
  • Carlo Manna, Vito, Belgium
  • Hugo Morais, INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
  • Lucas Pereira, ITI/LARSyS, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
  • Stephen Makonin, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Virginia Pilloni, University of Cagliari, Italy
  • Tiago Pinto, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
  • Filipe Quintal, ITI/LARSyS, Universidade da Madeira, Portugal
  • Catarina Rolim, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
  • Sabrina Scuri, ITI/LARSyS, Portugal
  • Tiago Soares, INESCTEC, Portugal
  • Vladimir Stankovic, University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK
  • Zita Vale, Instituto Politécnico do Porto, Portugal
  • Guangya Yang, Denmark Technical University
  • Matej Zajc, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia