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1st International Workshop on
Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring

May 7th, 2012 (Monday)
Bombardier Smart Infrastructure Collaboration Center (Hamerschlag Hall)


Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring (NILM), also referred to as Non-Intrusive Appliance Load Monitoring (NIALM) or more generally electricity disaggregation, is the name given to a set of techniques used to obtain estimates of the electrical consumption of individual appliances from measurements of voltage and/or current taken at a limited number of locations of the power distirbution system in a building.

The original idea was developed by George Hart and other researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1980s, but recent technological advancements in hardware costs, capabilities and proliferation (e.g., smart meters) as well as novel algorithms and an overall increased interest in improving the electrical grid have motivated a renewed interest in this topic from industry and academic researchers around the world.

The mission of this workshop is to create a forum that can unite all the researchers that are working on the topic of energy disaggregation. There are currently no specialized conferences or workshops dedicated to this topic, and the contributions (which have been increasing in the past 5 years) come from researchers in a wide variety of fields and from different backgrounds.

The main objective of this event is to review the main types of approaches that have been explored to date to solve the problem of electricity disaggregation, and to then discuss possible paths forward knowing what has been tried and what has yet to be experimented. We also intend to have a group discussion about possible solutions to the growing need for standardized datasets and performance metrics that can allow the field to move forward, as well as possible areas of collaboration among different research groups.

Contact Mario Bergés ( with any questions about the workshop