The Siebel Energy Institute, an international consortium of research institutions based in San Diego, has announced twenty-four research grants totaling $1 million to mark its official launch.
Established with a recent $10 million grant from the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, the institute comprises eight research institutions — Carnegie Mellon University, the École Polytechnique, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Princeton University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Tokyo. The winning research teams were awarded either $50,000 or $25,000 seed grants, which they will use to develop proposals aimed at accelerating the development of algorithms and machine learning to improve the performance of modern energy systems. The institute plans to award from forty to fifty such research awards annually and provide ongoing financial support to funded projects.
"We created the Siebel Energy Institute to stimulate the best minds in engineering and computer science to work collaboratively on the science of smart energy," said Thomas M. Siebel. "Our goal is to advance innovations in data analytics and machine learning to improve the safety, cyber security, reliability, efficiency, and environmental integrity of the advanced smart grid."
In conjunction with its launch, the institute also announced a partnership with the Siebel Scholars Foundation to expand the Siebel Scholars program, which recognizes and engages outstanding leaders in the field of energy science at its consortium member universities. The eight member institutions will each select a top-ranking graduate student to participate in the program, who will receive grants of $35,000 for their final year of graduate study.