Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Feedback, fast and slow: A field study on activity-specific feedback on energy consumption

October 08, 2018

12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Hamburg Hall A301

Please join CMU’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center for a seminar by Verena Tiefenbeck, who leads the Bits to Energy Lab at the Chair of Information Management at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Lunch will be available.


Digitalization increasingly provides the necessary tools to collect, analyze, and communicate data at population scale. In the energy sector, millions of smart meters have been deployed across the globe, making it possible to provide timely and specific feedback to firms and households on their energy consumption. Yet, most smart metering programs have resulted in very modest savings effects, creating a wave of disillusionment among policymakers and industry stakeholders.


Verena Tiefenbeck leads the Bits to Energy Lab at the Chair of Information Management at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The Bits to Energy Lab is an interdisciplinary team that combines digital technologies and behavioral research to foster resource conservation. Tiefenbeck completed her Ph.D. at ETH Zurich in 2014. Prior to that, she spent 3.5 years in Boston as visiting Ph.D. student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as research assistant at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems.

Tiefenbeck holds diplomas (M.Sc. equiv.) in Mechanical Engineering and Management from both TU Munich, Germany, and from Ecole Centrale Paris, France. Her research has been published in Management Science, Nature Energy, Applied Energy, and at leading Economics and Information Systems conferences.

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