Project: Discovering Adaptive Interpretation Strategies for Monitoring and Targeting in Energy Management

Partner: Energent Inc., NSERC Engage, FedDev Ontario
Dates: August 2011 - April 2015
Participants: Jamieson, G., Hilliard, A.
Description: The business practice of monitoring energy use and targeting energy performance improvements has recently enjoyed a resurgence of interest. While the principles underlying energy Monitoring and Targeting (M&T) have endured, information support systems have had a mixed track record of effectiveness and longevity. To investigate opportunities for innovation, users of M&T software were observed in their workplaces, and their experiences, opinions, and behaviours documented. Results were used to develop a Cognitive Work Analysis of MT&R information requirements, knowledge products, and interpretation strategies. A design application extended industry-standard Cumulative Sum of Residuals (CUSUM) charts with a more contemporary statistical change detection strategy, Recursive Parameter
Estimates, modified to better suit the M&T task using Representation Aiding principles. The design was experimentally evaluated in a controlled M&T synthetic task, and was shown to significantly improve diagnosis performance.

View PDF Hilliard, A. (2015). "Energy Monitoring and Targeting as diagnosis; Applying work analysis to adapt a statistical change detection strategy using representation aiding" (Ph.D.). University of Toronto (Canada), Ann Arbor. Retrieved from Dissertations & Theses @ University of Toronto; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1759161412)

View PDF Hilliard, A., Jamieson, G. A., & Jorjani, D. (2014). "Communicating a Model-Based Energy Performance Indicator." Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications, 22(4), 21–29.

View PDF Hilliard, A., & Jamieson, G. A. (2014). "A Strategy-Based Ecological(?) Display for Time-Series Structural Change Diagnosis." In Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (pp. 353–358). San Diego, CA: IEEE.

View PDF Hilliard, A., & Jamieson, G. A. (2014). "Monitoring & Targeting Energy in Practice: A Field Study." In Proceedings of the 2014 ECEEE Summer Study in Industry (pp. 591–601). Arnhem, NL: European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. Retrieved from

View PDF Hilliard, A., & Jamieson, G. A. (2013). "Recursive Estimates as an Extension to CUSUM-based Energy Monitoring & Targeting". In Proceedings of the 2013 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry (pp. 4–1..4–13). Niagara Falls, NY: ACEEE. Retrieved from

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