Research

About us

We, the Smart Grids & Energy Markets (SGEM) research group at IISM, develop and evaluate economic mechanisms to coordinate supply and demand in digitalized energy systems. The overall objective is the development and the support of a sustainable energy system considering individual preferences and developments in our society.

Our team

To meet these heterogeneous challenges, a versatile team is needed. The scientists of the SGEM research group have mostly completed interdisciplinary courses of study. The team consists of industrial engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians, as well as graduates in economics and business administration. If you want to find out more about our researchers and their respective research areas, follow the link below.

Christof Weinhardt - Head of the Chair at IISM

Research and teaching:
Research focus in the groups at the Institute for Information Economics and Management and at the Research Center for Computer Science on interdisciplinary, information economics topics, especially market engineering, e.g.: eServices, grid computing, prediction markets, Energy markets of the future, logistics. Research methodology includes prototypical realization, theoretical analysis concepts, simulations, experiments, and empirical studies.

Lectures on interdisciplinary topics, such as:

  • Information Economics and eFinance,
  • Market Engineering and Computational Economics,
  • Business Models on the Internet,
  • Management of Business Networks

Philipp Staudt - Head of the Research Group

Interests:

  • Energy Economics and Mechanism Design
  • Applications of Game Theory and Agent-Based Modeling
  • Data Mining & Analytics Methods

Brief Description
Philipp joined the chair in May 2016 and defended his dissertation on Transmission Congestion Management in Electricity Grids – Designing Markets and Mechanisms in June 2019. He heads the research group since February 2018 and his research is focused on energy market design, sector coupling and the smart grid. He holds a master’s degree in Mathematics and Economics and consequently his methodological focus is simulation, game theory and applications of data analytics. Philipp is a reviewer for various journals such as Energy Economics, Energy Policy and Applied Energy and served on the organizational boards of the DACH+ Energy Informatics and ACM eEnergy conferences.

Our team

To cover our heterogeneous focus on energy markets, the digitalization of the energy system and the role of individual agents in the energy domain, we need talented, motivated and broadly interested people. We are really happy that we are constantly able to find these hidden gems and that our team creates the great atmosphere we are all working in.

Leadership

Phone: +49 (721) 608-48370

Mail: weinhardt(at)kit edu

Sekretariat: Astrid Burg

Research and teaching:
Research focus in the groups at the Institute for Information Economics and Management and at the Research Center for Computer Science on interdisciplinary, information economics topics, especially market engineering, e.g.: eServices, grid computing, prediction markets, Energy markets of the future, logistics. Research methodology includes prototypical realization, theoretical analysis concepts, simulations, experiments, and empirical studies.

Lectures on interdisciplinary topics, such as:

  • Information Economics and eFinance,
  • Market Engineering and Computational Economics,
  • Business Models on the Internet,
  • Management of Business Networks

Phone: +49 (721) 608-48381
Mail: sarah henni(at)kit edu 

Interests:

  • Market Engineering for Storage Technologies
  • Intelligent Storage Operation
  • Flexibility in Smart Grids

Brief Description

Sarah joined the chair in August 2019. She holds an M.Sc.  in Industrial Engineering and Management from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on the deployment and operation strategies for battery storage in low-carbon energy systems. As part of the project "Storage in the Loop", Sarah investigates storage requirements in Baden-Württemberg on distribution network level until 2050. Her methods include optimization methods as well as machine learning algorithms to design novel operation strategies and concepts that allow a profitable operation of battery storage in multiple markets.

Current Team

Mail: saskia bluhm at kit edu

LinkedIn: Saskia Bluhm

Interests:

                  • Decision support for the green transformation of the energy sector.
                  • Improving forecasts for energy districts
                  • Value-added services Smart Meter
                  • Situation awareness regarding energy consumption

Brief Description
Saskia joined the chair in September 2021 and holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from KIT. Her research interests are around decision support to foster the green transformation in the energy sector. Her research focuses on improving forecasts for energy communities, energy consumption awareness and value-adding services using smart meters. Before joining the SGEM research group, she worked as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and then as a research assistant at RWTH Aachen working on the digitalization of the railway industry.

Phone: +49 (721) 608-48381

Mail: armin golla at kit edu

Interests:

                    • Sector coupling in energy networks
                    • Direct policy search for integrated energy communities
                    • Market design for integrated energy communities

Brief Description
Armin is part of the chair since 2019 and holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the KIT. He believes that the heat sector is an integral part of a successful energy transition and therefore focuses his research on the application of sector coupling in energy systems. Armin is currently working in the SMaaS project where his goal is to enable citizens to install energy infrastructure in their communities. His methodological focus is simulation, evolutionary algorithms, and the application of data analytics.

Phone: +49 (721) 9654-810

Mail: jingyi qu [at] kit edu

Interests:

                    • Energy Analytics
                    • Smart Grids
                    • Simulation
                    • Economic Analyses of Power-to-Gas

Phone: +49 (721) 608-48377

Mail: frederik scheidt [at] kit edu

Interests: 

                          • Optimization of hydrogen supply chains and their integration into the power system
                          • Data analytics & machine learning on smart meter data
                          • Economic analyses of electricity tariffs and their effects

Brief Description
Frederik vom Scheidt strongly believes that for a successful energy transition, novel technologies like hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric vehicles need to be integrated in the energy system by economically efficient, innovative mechanisms. Therefore, he focused his PhD dissertation on engineering electricity tariffs, forecasting applications, and econometric models for the integration of such technologies. Frederik conducted research stays at MIT (USA) and NTNU (Norway). He holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from KIT.

Mail: leo semmelmann at kit edu

LinkedIn: Leo Semmelmann

Interests:

                          • Battery Storage Technologies
                          • Flexibility in Smart Grids
                          • Microgrid Optimization

Brief Description
Leo is part of the research group since November 2021. He holds a M.Sc. in Management and Technology from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and focuses on the optimization of battery storage systems, microgrids and PPAs. For his master thesis at the chair of electrical energy storage technology at TUM, he investigated the effect of peak shaving on medium voltage distribution grids and proposed a novel peak shaving algorithm to reduce global peak loads.

Picture of Kim K. Miskiw

Mail: kim.miskiw@kit.edu

LinkedIn: Kim K. Miskiw

Interests:

                          • Deep Reinforcement Learning in Electricity Market Simulations
                          • Agent-based Electricity Market Modelling
                          • Energy Market Engineering

Brief Description

Kim is part of the research group since end of 2022. She started studying industrial engineering for energy technologies at University Duisburg-Essen in 2015 and now holds a master degree in industrial engineering and management from KIT. Her research focus is centred around electricity market designs and in particular how/if machine learning technologies can enable a more effective market design evaluation within the framework of agent-based market simulations. Prior her position at IISM she has been working on uncertainty integration in agent-based electricity market modelling and the stochastic modelling of consecutive electricity markets.

Picture of Malin Lange

Mail: malin.lange@kit.edu

 

Interests:

                          • Tariff designs for system-serving integration of flexibilities
                          • efficient system integration of hydrogen supply chains
                          • Incentive mechanisms to avoid grid expansion

 

Brief Description

Malin studied at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Luleå University of Technology, holding a master's degree in industrial engineering (KIT). During her studies, she focused on energy economics and renewable energy systems. Since May 2022, she is a research associate of the research group Smart Grids and Energy Markets and the research training group Energy Status Data at KIT, focusing on incentive mechanisms for grid-friendly behavior to avoid grid expansions and congestions.

Alumni

ResearchGate: Philipp Staudt

Interests: 

  • Energy Economics and Mechanism Design
  • Applications of Game Theory and Agent-Based Modeling
  • Data Mining & Analytics Methods

Brief Description
Philipp joined the chair in May 2016 and defended his dissertation on Transmission Congestion Management in Electricity Grids - Designing Markets and Mechanisms in June 2019. He heads the research group since February 2018 and his research is focused on energy market design, sector coupling and the smart grid. He holds a master’s degree in Mathematics and Economics and consequently his methodological focus is simulation, game theory and applications of data analytics. Philipp is a reviewer for various journals such as Energy Economics, Energy Policy and Applied Energy and served on the organizational boards of the DACH+ Energy Informatics and ACM eEnergy conferences. In April 2022, Philipp started at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

LinkedIn: Bent Richter

ResearchGate: Bent Richter

Interests:

IT Architecture For Local Energy Markets

  • Development of market mechanisms for local energy markets
  • Elaboration of IT building blocks and evaluation of technologies
  • Evaluation of the potential of blockchain

Behavior On Local Energy Markets In Practice:

  • Elaboration of design principles for user applications
  • Evaluation of real behavior in the context of the LAMP project
  • Implementation of automated agents based on AI

Researchgate: Marc Schmidt

Interests:

  • Electromobility
  • Charging infrastructure systems

Our team

To meet these heterogeneous challenges, a versatile team is needed. The scientists of the SGEM research group have mostly completed interdisciplinary courses of study. The team consists of industrial engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians, as well as graduates in economics and business administration. If you want to find out more about our researchers and their respective research areas, follow the link below.

Leadership

 

Phone: +49 (721) 608-48370

 

Mail: weinhardt@kit edu

 

Sekretariat: Astrid Burg

 

Research and teaching:
Research focus in the groups at the Institute for Information Economics and Management and at the Research Center for Computer Science on interdisciplinary, information economics topics, especially market engineering, e.g.: eServices, grid computing, prediction markets, Energy markets of the future, logistics. Research methodology includes prototypical realization, theoretical analysis concepts, simulations, experiments, and empirical studies.

 

Lectures on interdisciplinary topics, such as:

  • Information Economics and eFinance,
  • Market Engineering and Computational Economics,
  • Business Models on the Internet,
  • Management of Business Networks

 

Phone: +49 (721) 608-48378

 

Mail: philipp staudt@kit edu

 

Interests: 

  • Energy Economics and Mechanism Design
  • Applications of Game Theory and Agent-Based Modeling
  • Data Mining & Analytics Methods

 

Brief Description
Philipp joined the chair in May 2016 and defended his dissertation on Transmission Congestion Management in Electricity Grids - Designing Markets and Mechanisms in June 2019. He heads the research group since February 2018 and his research is focused on energy market design, sector coupling and the smart grid. He holds a master’s degree in Mathematics and Economics and consequently his methodological focus is simulation, game theory and applications of data analytics. Philipp is a reviewer for various journals such as Energy Economics, Energy Policy and Applied Energy and served on the organizational boards of the DACH+ Energy Informatics and ACM eEnergy conferences.

Current Team

 

Mail: saskia bluhm@kit edu

 

LinkedIn: Saskia Bluhm

 

Interests:

  • Decision support for the green transformation of the energy sector.
  • Improving forecasts for energy districts
  • Value-added services Smart Meter
  • Situation awareness regarding energy consumption

 

Brief Description
Saskia joined the chair in September 2021 and holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from KIT. Her research interests are around decision support to foster the green transformation in the energy sector. Her research focuses on improving forecasts for energy communities, energy consumption awareness and value-adding services using smart meters. Before joining the SGEM research group, she worked as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and then as a research assistant at RWTH Aachen working on the digitalization of the railway industry.

 

Phone: +49 (721) 608-48381

 

Mail: armin golla@kit edu

 

Interests:

  • Sector coupling in energy networks
  • Direct policy search for integrated energy communities
  • Market design for integrated energy communities

 

Brief Description
Armin is part of the chair since 2019 and holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the KIT. He believes that the heat sector is an integral part of a successful energy transition and therefore focuses his research on the application of sector coupling in energy systems. Armin is currently working in the SMaaS project where his goal is to enable citizens to install energy infrastructure in their communities. His methodological focus is simulation, evolutionary algorithms, and the application of data analytics.

 

Phone: +49 (721) 608-48381

 

Mail: sarah henni@kit edu 

 

Interests:

  • Market Engineering for Storage Technologies
  • Intelligent Storage Operation
  • Flexibility in Smart Grids

 

Phone: +49 (721) 9654-810

 

Mail: jingyi qu@kit edu

 

Interests:

  • Energy Analytics
  • Smart Grids
  • Simulation
  • Economic Analyses of Power-to-Gas

 

Phone: +49 (721) 608-48345

 

Mail: bent richter@kit edu

 

LinkedIn: Bent Richter

 

ResearchGate: Bent Richter

 

Interests:

IT Architecture For Local Energy Markets:
  • Development of market mechanisms for local energy markets
  • Elaboration of IT building blocks and evaluation of technologies
  • Evaluation of the potential of blockchain
Behavior On Local Energy Markets In Practice:
  • Elaboration of design principles for user applications
  • Evaluation of real behavior in the context of the LAMP project
  • Implementation of automated agents based on AI

 

Phone: +49 (721) 608-48377

 

Mail: frederik scheidt@kit edu

 

Interests: 

  • Optimization of hydrogen supply chains and their integration into the power system
  • Data analytics & machine learning on smart meter data
  • Economic analyses of electricity tariffs and their effects

 

Brief Description
Frederik vom Scheidt strongly believes that for a successful energy transition, novel technologies like hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric vehicles need to be integrated in the energy system by economically efficient, innovative mechanisms. Therefore, he focused his PhD dissertation on engineering electricity tariffs, forecasting applications, and econometric models for the integration of such technologies. Frederik conducted research stays at MIT (USA) and NTNU (Norway). He holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from KIT.

 

Phone: +49 (171) 318 6633

 

Mail: marc schmidt@kit edu

 

Interests:

  • Electromobility
  • Charging infrastructure systems

 

Mail: leo semmelmann@kit edu

 

LinkedIn: Leo Semmelmann

 

Interests:

  • Battery Storage Technologies
  • Flexibility in Smart Grids
  • Microgrid Optimization

 

Brief Description
Leo is part of the research group since November 2021. He holds a M.Sc. in Management and Technology from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and focuses on the optimization of battery storage systems, microgrids and PPAs. For his master thesis at the chair of electrical energy storage technology at TUM, he investigated the effect of peak shaving on medium voltage distribution grids and proposed a novel peak shaving algorithm to reduce global peak loads.

Alumni

 

Phone: +49 (721) 608-48381

 

Mail: maren klimm@kit edu

 

ResearchGate: Maren Klimm

 

Interests: 

  • Human-Centered AI
  • AI transformation in enterprises

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