This month's Melbourne Emergence Meetup will focus on energy systems and networks, particularly recent changes to and future options for Australia's electricity network.
We are privileged to have two speakers to discuss different aspects of this issue:
- Chris Seeling, who has a background in computational design and engineering, will give an overview of the electricity market in Australia, drawing upon his recent work in analysing the decentralised production aspects of the market.
- Professor Marcus Wigan will speak about work he presented at the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society in Asia and has since further developed, on both the potential and problems of smart metering technology. This includes aspects concerning privacy, data ownership, and the way these technologies relate to consumer-supplier relationships. He will also connect the role of smart meters to broader considerations around the Internet of Things and the new approaches to policy and engagement that may be advisable as this socio-technical change progresses.
After the presentations and follow-up discussion we expect to head just around the corner to a nearby cafe on Lygon St for a meal for anyone interested (generally Indonesian or Malaysian cuisine).
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