Building THINC: User Incentivization and Meeting Rescheduling for Energy Savings


Jun-young Kwak, Debarun Kar, William Haskell, Pradeep Varakantham, and Milind Tambe. 2014. “Building THINC: User Incentivization and Meeting Rescheduling for Energy Savings.” In International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS).


This paper presents THINC, an agent developed for saving energy in real-world commercial buildings. While previous work has presented techniques for computing energy-efficient schedules, it fails to address two issues, centered on human users, that are essential in real-world agent deployments: (i) incentivizing users for their energy saving activities and (ii) interacting with users to reschedule key “energy-consuming” meetings in a timely fashion, while handling the uncertainty in such interactions. THINC addresses these shortcomings by providing four new major contributions. First, THINC computes fair division of credits from energy savings. For this fair division, THINC provides novel algorithmic advances for efficient computation of Shapley value. Second, THINC includes a novel robust algorithm to optimally reschedule identified key meetings addressing user interaction uncertainty. Third, THINC provides an end-to-end integration within a single agent of energy efficient scheduling, rescheduling and credit allocation. Finally, we deploy THINC in the real-world as a pilot project at one of the main libraries at the University of Southern California and present results illustrating the benefits in saving energy.
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