University of Groningen: Distributed Systems Group

Marco Aiello is full professor of Distributed Systems at the University of Groningen (UG) and head of the Distributed Systems unit. Before joining the UG he was a Lise Meitner fellow at the Technical University of Vienna, from which he obtained the Habilitation, and assistant professor at the University of Trento. He holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam and a MSc in Engineering from the University of Rome La Sapienza, cum Laude. His research interests include smart energy systems, smart grids, and complex networks.

Faris Nizamic  is a co-founder and the CEO of Sustainable Buildings company and a part-time post-doctoral researcher at Distributed Systems at the University of Groningen. Faris holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Groningen and Engineering degree from the University of Sarajevo. During his PhD, Faris won a number of awards, some of which are Green Mind Awards, Pioneers Community Award, and Startup Fast Track. His research interests include smart energy systems, software testing, service virtualization, and human-computer interaction.

Laura Fiorini received the B.Sc and M.Sc  degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2013 and 2015, respectively. After a period as Research Assistant at the University of Groningen, currently, she is a PhD candidate in the Distributed Systems group at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Groningen. Her research interests include smart grids, integration and optimal operation of energy systems, and renewable energy.

University of Groningen: Environmental Psychology Group

Linda Steg PhD, is full professor of Environmental Psychology at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Groningen. Her research focuses on understanding factors influencing environmental behaviour, including energy use, and the effects and acceptability of strategies aimed to encourage pro-environmental behaviour and to promote a sustainable energy transition. Also, she studies how and why acting pro-environmentally affects wellbeing. She has been involved in many interdisciplinary research projects studying ways to promote a sustainable energy transition.

Principal Investigator of  the MERGE project

Kees Keizer is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen. He has a keen interest in social influence, consumer behaviour and field research. He works in various multidisciplinary projects concerning consumers’ energy and other pro-environmental behaviour.

Nieke Lemmen is a PhD candidate in Environmental Psychology within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Groningen. Her current research focuses on encouraging pro environmental behaviour, such as sustainable energy use. She is especially interested in intrinsic motivation, social influence and conducting field research.