selected research themes
June 20th, 2014
Our paper Thermal profiling of residential energy use was accepted into the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.
November 9th-12th, 2014
I'll be at the INFORMS General Meeting 2014 in San Francisco, CA. I'm organizing a sessionresearch in the Energy cluster, and presenting in a Data Mining session.
Albert, A., Rajagopal, R. Detecting thermal and occupancy-related energy use from smart meter data: an experimental evaluation.
Albert, A., Lee, J., Rajagopal, R. The structure of aggregate energy demand of individuals and groups: estimation and applications.
Albert, A., Tan, C. W., Rajagopal, R. Whom (and when) do you call? (Opportunistic scheduling of energy consumers).
Albert, A., Rajagopal, R. Assessing the potential of demand-side management for residential energy consumption.
Albert, A., Beckel, C., Rajagopal, R. What is safe to share? Predicting user information from consumption data, and implications to privacy.
Albert, A., Rajagopal, R. Thermal profiling of residential energy consumption. Forthcoming in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.
Albert, A., Rajagopal, R. Cost-of-service segmentation of energy consumers. Forthcoming in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2014).pdf
Albert, A., Rajagopal, R. Smart meter driven segmentation: what your consumption says about you. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 4(28), 2013. pdf
Armel, C., Gupta, A., Shrimali, G., Albert, A. Disaggregation: the Holy Grail of Energy Efficiency? Energy Policy, (2012). pdf
Vogt, J., Albert, A., and Marghitu, O.: Analysis of three-spacecraft data using planar reciprocal vectors: methodological framework and spatial gradient estimation, Ann. Geophys., 27, 3249-3273, 2009. pdf
peer-reviewed conference papers
Albert, A., Gebru, T., Ku, J., Kwac, J., Leskovec, J., Rajagopal, R. Drivers of variability in energy consumption. ECML-PKDD DARE Workshop on Energy Analytics. pdf
Albert, A., Rajagopal, R. Building dynamic thermal profiles of energy consumption for individuals and neighborhoods. IEEE Big Data Conference, 2013. pdff
Albert, A., Schafer, A. Demand for freight transportation in the U.S.: a high-level, data-driven view. Transportation Research Forum, Annapolis, MD, March 2013. pdf
Gomes, N., Merugu, D., O'Brien, G., Mandayam, C., Yue, T., Atikoglu, B., Albert, A., Fukumoto, N., Liu, H., Prabhakar, B., Wischik, D. “Steptacular: an incentive mechanism for promoting wellness”. NetHealth, 2012. pdf
Albert, A., Rajagopal, R., Sevlian, R. Power Demand Distributions: Segmenting Consumers using Smart Meter Data. ACM SenSys (BuildSys) 2011. pdf
Co-founder at Pocket Lab
Pocket Lab is a sensing and analytics platform for performing scientific experiments focused on the environment.
(since 2009) I am a member of the Capoeira Narahari family, training with Mestre Beicola. I started training with Mestre Lagosta of Capoeira Mandinga in Berkeley. Of late I also train with UCA in Berkeley.
(since 2012) Muay Thai emphasizes upper-body contact and blocks, and so it is a natural complement to Capoeira, which focuses on avoiding contact and on lower-body kicks and acrobatics.
MSc and BSc theses
Multi-point data analysis for magnetospheric multi-spacecraft missions (MSc Thesis)
For my MSc Thesis research with Prof. Joachim Vogt at Jacobs University Bremen I developed a novel method for processing time series of three-point magnetospheric satellite data. Part of this work has been published (another part sadly never made it to the editor…) slides
Efficient calculations of cosmic particle fluxes in paleomagnetospheres (BSc Thesis)
My BSc thesis with Prof. Joachim Vogt investigated a computationally-efficient method for calculating charged particle fluxes in magnetic fields by considering trajectories of particle populations that were relevant to final flux integration.
conference presentations on MSc and BSc research
Albert, A., Vogt, J., Marghitu, O. Three-spacecraft gradient calculations: accuracy studies and vorticty calculations. International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) 2009 General Assembly, Sopron, Hungary (oral presentation). pdf
Albert, A., Vogt, J., Marghitu, O. Analysis of three-spacecraft data using planar reciprocal vectors. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2008, San Francisco (poster presentation). pdf
Albert, A., Vogt, J., Zieger, B. Efficient calculation of cosmic particle fluxes in paleomagnetospheres. German Geophysical Society Meeting, Bremen 2005 (oral presentation).
Selected internship research projects
Inferring high level personal mobility choices from sparse gps data
In summer 2010 I worked at IBM Almaden Research Center on developing an integrated system that uses GPS information provided by smartphones to analyze and model individuals’ mobility choices. The system collects GPS data from Android and iPhone devices via native apps, sends it automatically to a server, performs analytics, and lets the user view and interact with the results in a web portal. We were interested in extracting high-level travel patterns and dominant choices that could be used as input for a map model-aware route prediction tool.
Lighting authoring effort analysis
We analyzed the authoring effort for several Pixar movies (Ratatouille, Wall-E, and UP) for lighting versus animation effects. Insights of the statistics were used to support research decisions in front of Pixar management (results and written materials are confidential).
Multi-sensor electric field change networks for lighting research
At NASA MSFC I worked in the atmospheric and lightning physics group on developing a software package for analyzing electric field change data from an array of sensors in the Huntsville, AL area. poster
Numerical investigation of the kelvin-helmholtz instability
As a summer REU project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, we proposed a novel regularizing scheme for the Birkhoff-Rott equation of an ideal vortex sheet, based on an exponential smoothing term, and performed numerical experiments of the sheet's stability. slides
Efficient simulation of many colliding deformable objects
I participated in RIPS (Research in Industrial Projects for Students) at UCLA, where I worked in the Pixar team on developing a computationally-efficient approach for simulating many colliding deformable objects for Pixar's Ratatouille. pdf
Selected internship technical reports
Albert, A., Bitzer, P., Christian, H., Blakeslee, R. BLITZER: A data analysis system for lighting research. NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Intern Colloquium periodical 2008. pdf
Albert, A., Atanasova, D., Creech, K., Scott, J. Desingularization of a vortex sheet using a variable smoothing parameter. University of California, Santa Barbara Mathematics Colloquium, 2007. pdf
Albert, A., Bachmayr, M., Wiener, J., Effinger-Dean, l. Efficient simulation of many colliding deformable objects for set-dressing and animation. Technical report for Pixar Animation Studios, 2006. pdf
Selected class projects
Visualizing the U.S. freight network
This is a small dashboard I put together for Jeff Heer's visualization class. It describes inter- and intra-state flows of freight and some of its determining factors. Note that for some browsers the zoom setting might need to be adjusted.