Dear NILM researchers,

On behalf of the organizing committee, we would like to invite you to participate in the 4th International Workshop on Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring (NILM), which will be held in Austin, Texas on March 7-8 2018. As in 2014, this workshop will be co-located with the Pecan Street Annual Research Conference.

NILM (or disaggregation) is a growing research field which began in 1985 with a report written by George W. Hart (MIT) for Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). NILM is used to discern what electrical loads (e.g., appliances) are running within a home/building using only the aggregate power meter. Why? To help occupants understand how they and their appliance use energy so that they could conserve to either save money, the environment, or both.

The mission of this workshop is to serve as a forum for bringing together all the researchers, practitioners, and students that are working on the topic of energy disaggregation around the world.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Austin!

Mario Berges and Stephen Makonin
Workshop General Co-Chairs


  • General Co-Chairs

    Mario Berges, Carnegie Mellon University
    Stephen Makonin, Simon Fraser University

  • Local Arrangements Chair

    Grant Fisher, Pecan Street

  • Technical Program Chair

    David Irwin, University of Massachussetts, Amherst
    Nipun Batra, University of Virginia

  • Technical Program Committee

    Jose M. Alcala, Informetis Europe LTD.
    Kyri Baker, University of Colorado, Boulder
    Shubham Bansal, Discovergy GmbH
    Leen De Baets, Ghent University
    Karim Said Barsim, Universitat Stuttgart
    Chinthaka Dinesh, Simon Fraser University
    Wilfried Elmenreich, University of Klagenfurt
    Manoj Gulati, IIIT-Delhi
    Sidhant Gupta, Microsoft Research    reviewer service award
    Patrick Huber, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
    Omid Jahromi, Belkin International Inc.
    Xin Jin, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Jonathan W. Kimball, Missouri University of Science and Technology
    Henning Lange, Carnegie Mellon University
    Oliver Parson, Centrica Connected Home    reviewer service award
    Katie Russell, OVO Energy    reviewer service award
    Hajer Salem, Lille 1 University
    Lina Stankovic, University of Strathclyde
    Sabina Tomkins, University of California, Santa Cruz    reviewer service award
    Baptiste Vrigneau, University of Rennes


  • Paper Submission Due (view CFP): January 7
  • Notification of Acceptance: January 26
  • Final Paper Due: February 5
  • Registration Deadline: February 24
  • Workshop Held On: March 7-8



Tag-team talk: Wire Less Sensors (see flyer)


TimeTopicPresentation Details
Wed, March 7
8:00 am
Registration & Coffee
9:00 amDay 1 Welcome Address by the Organizing Committee
9:15 am Applications An Experimental Comparison of Performance Metrics for Event Detection Algorithms in NILM    best presentation
by Lucas Pereira (M-ITI); Nuno Nunes (University of Lisbon)
Real-Time Itemized Electricity Consumption Intelligence for Military Bases    novelty award
by Omid Jahromi (Belkin International Inc.)
Scalable Energy Breakdown Across Regions
by Nipun Batra, Yiling Jia, Hongning Wang, Kamin Whitehouse (University of Virginia)
10:30 noonMorning Coffee/Tea Break
11:00 amKeynote: Wire Less Sensors by Steven Leeb (MIT) & John Donnal (United States Naval Academy)
12:00 noonLunch Break
1:30 pm Invited Talks Pecan Street's Dataport
by Grant Fisher (Pecan Street)
Making Sense of UK smart meter data
by Oliver Parson (Centrica Connected Home)
2:30 pmAfternoon Coffee/Tea Break
3:00 pm Poster Celebration Poster Lightning Talks
Poster Session Walkabout
6:00 pmWorkshop Social & Reception (TBA)
TimeTopicPresentation Details
Thu, March 8
8:00 am
Registration & Coffee
9:00 amDay 2 Welcome Address by the Organizing Committee
9:15 am Invited Talks A Practical Discussion of Lessons Learned Deploying Disaggregation at Broad Scale
by Vivek Garud (Bidgely)
An Emulator for NILM and Smart Home Research
by Stephen Makonin (Simon Fraser University)
10:15 amMorning Coffee/Tea Break
10:45 amPanel Discussion: NILM Outlook Over the Next 5-10 Years & What Are the Next-Generation Applications
Panelists: Katie Russell (OVO Energy), Mario Berges (CMU), Nikolaus Starzacher (Discovergy), Omid Jahromi (Belkin) and Xin Jin (NREL)
12:15 noonLunch Break
1:30 pm Going Deeper - Algorithms Using the Wisdom of Neighbors for Energy Disaggregation from Smart Meters
by Nikolay Laptev, Yuting Ji, Ram Rajagopal (Stanford University)
On the Feasibility of Generic Deep Disaggregation for Single-Load Extraction    best paper
by Karim Barsim, Bin Yan (University of Stuttgart)
FactorNet: Learning to Factorize Intractable and Multi-Modal Posterior Distributions for Energy Disaggregation
by Henning Lange, Mario Berges (Carnegie Mellon University)
2:45 pmAfternoon Coffee/Tea Break
3:15 pm Signal Processing & Metrics Post-processing for Event-based Non-intrusive Load Monitoring
by Kanghang He (University of Strathclyde); Dusan Jakovetic (University of Novi Sad); Vladimir Stankovic, Lina Stankovic (University of Strathclyde)
Power Signature Obfuscation using Flexible Building Loads
by Kyri Baker, Kaitlyn Garifi (University of Colorado, Boulder)
4:00 pmClosing & Best Paper Award by the Organizing Committee — Workshop Officially Ends at 4:30pm


Accommodations: The NILM 2016 will be help at The University of Texas at Austin. There are a number of events taking place in Austin during that time, so we strongly recommend making arrangements for accommodations as early as possible. Here are a few hotels in the area that you may want to consider:

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Austin - University Area
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown - University

If you want to cut costs, Airbnb is another option. Our local arrangement committee recommends the following neighborhoods/surrounding areas: University of Texas, Hyde Park, Crestview, Mueller, Brentwood, Allendale, East Downtown, Rosedale.

If you are driving to the campus here are walking directions from the parking garage to the Student Activity Center.