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UCD Sustainable
Smart Cities & Communities Symposium 

December 4th 2019

Speakers & Panel


Dr Ruth Kerrigan

R&D Director

Integrated Environmental Solutions

Ruth finished her degree in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering and her doctorate from Trinity College Dublin. She worked in New Zealand as a structural engineer, where she was involved in the design of the Kawerau geothermal power station. On returning to Ireland, Ruth worked for a light gauge steel manufacturer of modular and panelized buildings, as their research and development manager. Following this, she returned to Trinity College to conduct research in the areas of modern methods of construction, adaptable structures, energy efficient buildings and control systems engineering. 


Ruth is now working for IES, developers of the world leading Virtual Environment (VE), Dynamic Simulation Modelling software for buildings and the newly launched intelligent Community Lifecycle (ICL) software.  As, Director of R&D, Ruth is responsible for ensuring that IES are at the cutting edge of technology in the built environment and contributing to the strategic direction of future IES software products.


Prof Antonio Puliafito 

Director of the National CINI Smart City Lab

Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Messina, Italy

Antonio Puliafito is a full professor of computer engineering at the University of Messina, Italy. His interests include parallel and distributed systems, networking, IoT, Cloud computing, advanced analytical modeling techniques. He regularly acts as a referee for the European Community since 1998. He contributed to the development of the software tools WebSPN, ArgoPerformance and Stack4Things. He co-authored the text entitled "Performance and Reliability Analysis of Computer Systems", edited by Kluwer. He leads the Center for Information Technologies at University of Messina (CIAM). From 2006 to 2008 he acted as the technical director of the Project 901, winner of the CISCO innovation award. He actively contributed to the success of the TriGrid VL and PI2S2 projects. He has been working in several EU funded projects such as: Reservoir, Vision Cloud, CloudWave, Beacon, Frontier Cities. He was also the main investigator of the Italian PRIN2008 research project Cloud@Home, to combine cloud and volunteer computing. He acted as scientific coordinator of the PON 2007-2013 SIGMA project on using cloud computing to manage severe risk phenomena. He is coordinating the #SmartME crowdfunding initiative to develop a smart city framework in the city of Messina. He is the co-founder of SmatMe.io, a startup working on the integration of cloud and IoT in smart cities contexts. He leads the Toolsmart project to enhance re-using of smart city solutions in the cities of Turin, Padua, Lecce and Syracuse. He is the Director of the Lab on Smart Cities & Communities of the the Italian Consortium on Informatics (CINI).

UCD Discovery Visiting Fellow

Prof Andrew Keane

Head of Energy Institute

Professor at the University College Dublin

Professor Andrew Keane is Head of the Energy Institute at University College Dublin. Andrew's research interests include the impact of new energy resources on the power system from the residential network up to the high voltage transmission system. Current research topics focus upon the impact of renewable and distributed energy resources on the network, in particular in the context of the smart grid. Previously, he has worked with ESB Networks in the areas of renewable generation planning and smart networks and as a Senior Engineer with Smarter Grid Solutions in Glasgow. In 2014 he co-founded a UCD spin out, NovoGrid. NovoGrid are a new electrical grid automation company delivering control solutions which enable renewable generators to increase their energy output. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and past chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society UK and Ireland Chapter. He has published over 90 peer reviewed publications, including over 40 papers in leading journals in his field.


Dr Lisa Ryan

Lecturer in Business Economics and Board Member of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Lisa is the ESIPP lecturer in energy economics in the School of Economics. She joined the UCD Energy Institute as senior researcher in energy economics in September 2014. She was the senior energy economist in the Energy Efficiency Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris until summer 2013 where she led research projects relating to energy efficiency finance, transport, and cross-sectoral policy. She subsequently worked as an independent consultant in energy and environmental economics. From 2006-2009 she was the Director of Research at Comhar Sustainable Development Council and research fellow in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, UCD. Lisa also previously worked as emissions engineer at Volkswagen AG in Germany. Lisa is currently a Board Member of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Lisa completed a PhD in environmental economics from University College Dublin (UCD) in 2006; she also holds a Masters in Economics and other postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in economics and chemical engineering from UCD and Colorado School of Mines, USA. She has published numerous journal articles and research reports in the areas of energy and climate change policy, economics, and energy efficiency. Her primary research interests are in the economics of energy supply and demand and the efficient design of energy markets and policies.

Donna Gartland

Senior Energy Planner at Codema - Dublin's Energy Agency 

Donna Gartland is Senior Energy Planner at Codema - Dublin's Energy Agency, and is responsible for Energy Planning and Policy. She is project coordinator and technical, financial & policy lead on the Tallaght District Heating Scheme, working on behalf of South Dublin County Council and part of the Dublin Docklands District Heating project team working with Dublin City Council. Donna is also project managing the Dublin Region Energy Masterplan and Transition Roadmap, working with the 4 Dublin Local Authorities and other stakeholders across Dublin. Donna is CEO of the Irish District Energy Association and PhD researcher in UCC's Energy Policy and Modelling Group.


Feilim O'Connor

Project Manager


Directorate C: Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency

European Commission

Feilim cut his teeth with a B.A. at UCD studying Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy. He has spent the last 4+ years working at the European Commission, mostly within DG ENER on clean technologies. Before this he worked with EU regional funding for INTERREG in Lille, having completing two M.Sc. at Radboud University in the Netherlands, and at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.

Gillian Gannon

Programme executive at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Gillian Gannon is a programme executive at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, and specialises in sustainable energy communities, a programme which catalyses and supports communities around Ireland to achieve their sustainable energy goals. Gillian previously worked in the construction & energy industries as an environmental technician in Western Australia. Gillian has a M.Sc. in Environmental Science and an postgraduate diploma in Sustainable Energy from Trinity College Dublin, and co-founded the Women In Energy network in 2017.


Nadinè Galle

Cities, Ecology & Tech  Co-Founder Green City  PhD(c) Ecological Engineering

Fulbright Scholar MIT Senseable City Lab

Nadinè Galle experiments with emerging ‘smart city’ technologies to apply the #InternetofNature (Galle et al 2019), a novel concept which bridges the gap between greener and smarter cities, and explores the future of ecosystem management in an age of rapid urbanisation and digitisation. In 2018, she co-founded Green City Watch, the world’s first geoAI platform for the rapid renaturing of cities. Nadinè holds international degrees in ecology and evolutionary biology (BSc), and in earth sciences (MSc. cum laude); is a joint-PhD Candidate in Ecological Engineering at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin; and is currently a Fulbright Scholar at MIT's Senseable City Lab, where she uses sensors to track the urban #woodwideweb—the underground network of microbes that connects trees. 


Assoc. Prof Eleni Mangina

School of Computer Science University College Dublin

Eleni Mangina carried out her PhD work at the University of Strathclyde (UK), Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, working on Agent-based applications for intelligent data interpretation under the supervision of Prof. Jim McDonald. The research area focused on software analysis, design and development of multi agent systems, which utilise different Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques (Knowledge based systems, Artificial Neural Networks, Case Based Reasoning systems and Model based Reasoning systems). Eleni holds an M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from the Department of Artificial Intelligence at University of Edinburgh in the UK and an MSc in Agricultural Science from Agricultural University of Athens in Greece. Research Area Energy Management, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Systems, Emerging Technologies (VR. AR, UAVs)


Dr Oliver Kinnane

Lecturer  - University College Dublin

School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy

Oliver Kinnane is Director of Teaching and Learning at the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy where he teaches modules including Architecture and Climate Change, and The Renovation of the Built Fabric. He is PI on a number of funded research projects, all with a focus on reducing the impact of building. These include the H2020 IMPRESS project and the SEAI funded nZEB101 project, with efficiency savings of embodied and operational energy as the core concepts respectively. These projects also integrate smart sensor systems and innovations in software to aim for holistic solutions. Oliver's research investigates at the interface between the human and the built environment. I analyse the environments we create and live in, and the greater environmental impact of these. Cities and their buildings are both acutely responsible for the climate crisis, and present some of the most achievable solutions.


Luke Binns

Project Coordinator

Smart Dublin

Luke Binns works as Projects Coordinator for Smart Dublin. Smart Dublin, a smart city initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities, promotes collaboration, innovation and inter-agency action throughout the Dublin region. Within Smart Dublin Luke’s primary concerns involve developing and promoting streamlined and congruent project management, greater integration of environmental and social sustainability objectives, and more engagement with open data. Luke’s education and research background is in Anthropology, Geography and Sustainable Development.


Don Hoban

Business Development Manager

Crystal Air Ltd

Don is an engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, from designing heat pumps at component level to solving complex controls issues. His experience, both in Ireland and internationally, allows him to apply a unique perspective to providing customised air conditioning solutions to Crystal Air’s clients. He’s focused on providing long term value, by using quality, highly energy efficient equipment to minimise the total cost of ownership of plant and systems. He is a member of Engineers Ireland, the Institute of Refrigeration (UK) and the Institute of Refrigeration Ireland, where he sits on the technical committee and deliveres educational presentations to members. He is also part of the European Commission’s standards committee for refrigeration technology, TC182, with an emphasis on flammable refrigerants.


Assoc. Prof Francesco Pilla

School of Architecture Planning and Environmental PolicyOrganisation Committee

My work lies at the intersection between cities and technologies. My goal is to build better cities through technology, innovation and citizen participation. My area of expertise is smart cities and in specific geospatial analysis and modelling of urban dynamics, which involves the development of GIS based models and decision support tools, in order to pre-empt the impacts resulting from the interactions between human population and the environment. I use a range of pervasive and community sensing applications as a means of calibration and validation of these GIS tools. I then integrate the GIS models and data streams from pervasive sensing deployments with advanced machine learning algorithms to gain a better understanding of the spatial dynamics in cities.


Dr Fabiano Pallonetto

Senior Researcher at the Energy Institute
Organisation Committee

Chair of the UCD Sustainable Energy Community

Fabiano Pallonetto is a Senior Power System Researcher with more than ten years’ experience in the energy and transport sectors working as an entrepreneur, data scientist and researcher across different industries and disciplines such as Computer Science, Renewable Energy Engineer, Sustainable Mobility, Data Analytics, Control Algorithms and Optimisation. He is bridging academic research to industrial needs applying his multidisciplinary industry and entrepreneurship experience to build solutions and solve technical challenges for the deployment and integration of the smart grid and its associated carbon footprint reduction.


Dr Mattia De Rosa

Senior Researcher

University College Dublin

Organisation Committee

Secretary of the UCD Sustainable Energy Community 

Dr Mattia De Rosa, MEng and PhD in Mechanical Engineering, is a Senior Researcher in Energy System at University College Dublin (UCD). Previously, he worked as research fellow at the Queen’s University Belfast, as a PhD researcher at the University of Genoa (Italy) and as a chartered engineer in Italy. He is member of the ASHRAE Ireland Board since 2017 and founder and secretary of the UCD Sustainable Energy Community since 2018. Mattia’s current research interests are focused on energy modelling of building energy systems, renewable energies, waste heat recovery and thermo-economic analysis of energy systems. He is currently involved in several externally-funded research projects, such as H2020 Sim4Blocks on demand response programs for building energy flexibility and the IEA EBC Annex 67 Energy Flexible Building. The main goal of Mattia’s research is to promote a rational and sustainable generation, transportation and use of energy by boosting technology advancement and low-carbon initiatives at national and international level.




DEC 4TH, 2019


Session 1 - Chair: Lisa Ryan (UCD School of Economics)

9:10 - 9:30 - Only Sustainable Cities are Smart Cities

Oliver Kinnane - UCD School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy

9:30 - 9:50 - The Challenge: Transitioning Dublin to a Net-Zero Carbon County by 2050

Donna Gartland - Energy Efficiency Agency Dublin (CODEMA)

09:50 - 10:10 - The Clean Energy Package

Feilim O'Connor - European Commission

10:10 - 10:30 - Smart Dublin: Striving to Realise a Smarter more Sustainable City

Luke Binns  - Smart Dublin

10:30 - 10:50 - IES Intelligent Communities Lifecycle (ICL); New Environmental Digital Twin Technolgy

Dr Ruth Kerrigan -  Director of Integrated Environmental Solutions


Coffee Break & Networking


Session 2 - Chair: Prof Andrew Keane (UCD Energy Institute)

11:20 - 11:40 - Software-defined Smart Cities - Integrating the cyber world with the Internet of Things

Prof Antonio Puliafito - University of Messina & UCD Discovery Visiting Fellow

11:40 - 12:00 - Data analytics for sustainable smart cities

Eleni Mangina - UCD School of Computer Science

12:00 - 12:20 - Current state of play of the preparation of Horizon Europe

Piero de Bonis - European Commission

12:20 - 12:40 - UCD, Sustainable Energy Management for a Low-carbon Future

Paul Noonan - UCD Estates

12:40 - 12:50 - Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Communities: Sharing Systems

Don Hoban - Crystal Air


Lunch and Networking

14:30 - 15:00 - The Internet of Nature for smarter and greener cities

Nadine Galle  - MIT Senseable City Laboratory


Parallel Sessions

ASHRAE Smart building technologies workshop

Parallel Session 1

Sustainable Energy Communities in Ireland present, impact and future

Parallel Session 2

IoT, Artificial Intelligence and integrated services for smart cities and communities
Parallel Session 3


Coffee/Tea and Networking


Event Closes





The Venue

Please click here for an interactive map of UCD that shows the location of UCD John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies (William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium) . It is a short walk from the main UCD entrance on the N11. The main colloquium sessions will be held in the  Auditorium on the First Floor of the building, on the left-hand side of the main foyer, beside the elevators. 

Transport options: UCD is easily accessible by public transport. We strongly recommend that delegates travel to the conference by public transport as car parking will be limited. A useful online guide to getting to UCD is available to help you plan your journey.


Although cities occupy just a small percentage of land, they account to consume more than 75% of natural resources, and they are responsible for up to 80% of carbon emission. Decarbonisation of cities is a priority to address climate change and the rapid growth of human population. Supporting a sustainable living environment provides opportunities to develop low carbon, efficient and reliable economy, which is an essential requirement for the next generation of smart cities. Structural retrofit measures are only part of the solution.

The symposium will provide a vision of future sustainable cities and communities, where each component not only aims to maximise its efficiency, but it cooperates and interacts with the others as a whole. Topics for the symposium will be Sustainable Energy Communities, Consumer and Prosumer Behaviour, Buildings, IoT, Data Analytics, Transport, Renewable Energies, Energy Generation and Management, Water Treatment and Recycling. All these areas are profoundly interconnected target areas of interventions, which can lead to significant improvements to the city ecosystem and path towards decarbonisation and sustainability.



UCD Sustainable

Smartcities and Communities



Dec 4th, 2019


*Limited places available
€50 to secure the place

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