Energy Informatics: Emergence and Development



The seminar traces the development of the field of Energy Informatics from initial ideas on Green IS, the emergence of the concept of Energy Informatics, and the presenter’s current thinking on the future direction of Energy Informatics. Included in the discussion of the development and growth of Energy Informatics are the topics of an information strategy for sustainability, an examination of the shift in the societal dominant logic towards sustainability, and the notion of creating a consumption rights market for demand response management. The seminar concludes with asking the audience to think about how it would take a green field approach to developing the new applied science of Energy Informatics by addressing critical issues such as research community effectiveness and efficiency.

Richard Watson is the J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He has published over 150 journal articles, written books on electronic commerce, data management, and energy informatics. He has given invited presentations in more than 30 countries. He is a former President of the Association for Information Systems, a visiting professor at the Viktoria Institute in Sweden, the International co-coordinator for the PhD in Information Systems at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, co-founder and co-leader of the Global Text Project, and the Research Director for the Advanced Practices Council of the Society of Information Management, an exclusive forum for senior IS executives. In 2011, he received the Association for Information Systems' LEO award, which is given for exceptional lifetime achievement in Information Systems.