MIS Speaker's Series with Wolfgang Ketter

Event Date

Friday, March 31, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:15pm


McClelland Hall #125

Speaker: Wolfgang Ketter, Chaired Professor of Information Systems, Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences, Director of the Institute of Energy Economics, University of Cologne. Professor, Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Presentation Title: FleetPower: Creating Virtual Power Plants in Sustainable Smart Electricity Markets

Abstract:  Electric vehicles have the potential to be used as virtual power plants to provide reliable back-up power. This generates additional profits for carsharing rental firms, who rent vehicles by the minute. We show this by developing a discrete event simulation platform based on real-time locational information (GPS) of 1,100 electric cars from Daimlers carsharing service Car2Go in San Diego, Amsterdam, and Stuttgart. We design trading prices (bids) for participating in the respective secondary control reserve markets, markets for back-up power guaranteeing replacement when a power source fails, to sell the storage from idle electric vehicles. These trading prices are calibrated and tested with control reserve market data. We investigate the influence of the charging infrastructure density, battery technology, and rental demand for vehicles on the payoff for the carsharing operator. We show that virtual power plants create sustainable revenue streams for electric vehicle carsharing companies without compromising their rental business.

Bio: Wolf Ketter is Chaired Professor of Information Systems at the Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany (since 2017). He also serves as the Director of the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI) and the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Wolf Ketter’s research exploits rapidly evolving computing power and techniques to build and explore new solutions that could not be thought of before. Traditionally, research in business and social environments is built over time, as researchers pick interesting and promising ideas and build a body of research over decades. Ketter is changing this paradigm by building a community of researchers who compete and learn from each other in rapid competitive environments for important societal challenges such as the future of energy markets. Ketter’s research is taking the next step of building a community of researchers that will bring about a leapfrogging of research progress. In 2007, he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, USA, and started as an Assistant Professor at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, NL, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 (early tenure), and was named Full Professor in July 2013. This was one of the fastest promotions at a top university worldwide. He is the founder and director of the Learning Agents Group at Erasmus, the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business, and the Chair of the annual Erasmus Energy Forum. He was the president of the Association for Trading Agent Research (ATAR, 2010-2015). ATAR organizes the annual Trading Agent Competition (TAC). Wolf is leading Power TAC (www.powertac.org), a TAC challenge on energy retail markets.

Wolf Ketter is one of the world's foremost experts in economics-based design of technology artifacts and practical sustainable smart markets. He has served as general chair or program chair of more than 20 international conferences and workshops. His research has been published in various top information systems, and computer science journals such as AI Magazine, Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Research (ISR), International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Machine Learning, MIS Quarterly (MISQ), Management Science, as well as 150 papers in major international conferences.

He has supervised over 10 Ph.D. students and has made fundamental theoretical, empirical, experimental, algorithmic and artifact design contributions to the fields of Information Systems (IS), Machine Learning, Energy Economics and Policy, Computer Science, and Management Science. He serves on the editorial boards of ISR and MISQ, the two top IS journals worldwide. In 2012 he won the prestigious INFORMS ISS Design Science Award and in 2013 he won the runner-up award for the best European IS research paper of the year; awarded jointly by the Association of Information Systems and top European CIOs as the most innovative and commercially applicable research. In 2013 he also won the highly competitive Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) Top Article Award, and in 2014 the ERIM Impact Award for highly influential research on business and society. You can follow Wolf's activities on Twitter (@wolfketter).

Questions? Please contact the MIS Speaker's Series coordinator Bin Zhang, Assistant Professor of MIS, at 520.626.9239 or binzhang@arizona.edu