I'am Dominik, an Austrian research and engineering enthusiast, and this is my research homepage. My current research interest considers intelligent energy applications in smart grids and smart metering. This includes the design and the analysis of intelligent techniques and algorithms to detect legacy, non-smart appliances in aggregated household power draws, the design of architectural and conceptual requirements for smart appliances and smart metering, the integration of smart and non-smart appliances into smart home, security aspects of smart metering as well as the ensuring of household and consumer privacy by intelligent concepts and algorithms. Learn more about me!

  Short Curriculum Vitae

last edit December 2014


Working & Educations

    Working Experience

  • - Jul. 2015 to current: Information Analyst, KELAG AG, Austria, Klagenfurt

  • - 2012 to Jun. 2015: Research assistant and research staff member, Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Smart Grid Group.

  • - 2012 to current: Researcher, Lakeside Labs GmbH.

  • - 2007 to 2012: Technician and system administrator, Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems.


  • - 2012 to current: PhD in Information Technology at the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Austria.

  • - 2007 to 2011: Dipl.-Ing. degree in Information Technology with distinction at the Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt.

  • - 2002 to 2007: Technical School for Electrical Engineering in Klagenfurt finished with distinction.


  • - Reviewer for different Workshops (e.g. IEEE CCNC 14', HIS 14', IEEE MSCPES 2013), Conferences (e.g.: Conference on Energy-Informatics 13',14',15') and Journals (e.g.: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics)

  • - Technical Program Committee: ISGT 2015, SustainIT 2015


  • - Course on "Fundamentals of Electricity and Magnetism", Fall 2014

  • - Supervised Bachelor Thesis: Christoph Klemenjak (2014, AAU Klagenfurt), Vidya Sagar Kantamneni (2014, AAU Klagenfurt)
    - Supervised Master Thesis: Christoph Prokop (2014, TU Graz)

    Master Thesis

  • Self-Organized Slot Synchronization on a Testbed
    By many prominent wireless communication techniques like e.g. S-Aloha synchronization techniques are becoming more and more important. In this master thesis we review a technique, which is able to synchronize a network of nodes in a self-organized way with only physical layer adaptation. The technique is called Meshed Emergent Firefly Synchronization (MEMFIS)and is a self-organized slot synchronization technique. This technique is based on Pulse Coupled Oscillators. We implement this synchronization technique on a hardware platform to test the synchronization performance. In more detail we review the synchronization speed and the synchronization precision under different conditions like parameter variations. Hence that, we compare the MEMFIS technique with the inhibitory/excitatory coupling technique, which is suitable for random delays and networks. Also for this technique we evaluate the synchronization performance. Finally, we compare both techniques to make a decision under which condition which technique is better.
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  • Bachelor Thesis

  • CORDIC - Cordinate Rotation Digital Computer
    The CORDIC-algorithm (coordinate rotation digital computer) is a rotation-based iterative algorithm, with which it is possible to approximate trigonometrical functions like sine or cosine. In this paper, a fix-point FPGA implementation of the CORDIC-algorithm is represented. Further the pipeline implementation and the iterative implementation of the CORDIC-algorithm are compared. Lastly, an error-simulation of the different CORDIC modes with different coordinate systems is discussed.
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  • Research Project

  • iBraitenberg - iPhone controlled Braitenberg Vehicle
    he Italien-Austrian cyberneticist Valentino Braitenberg introduced the concept of simple autonomous robots called Braitenberg vehicles. Such vehicles are built up of one or more electrical sensors controlling one or more actuators directly. In spite of the simple configuration the behavior of the vehicles with the environment can be very complex. The shown behavior can be even compared to human feelings like love, hate, fear or curiosity. The aim of this project is to implement the Braitenberg vehicles like Love, Hate, Fear and Curiosity on NXT Mindstorm robots from LEGO and to provide a control interface via an application for the Apple iPhone. With this app it is possible to control the vehicle and to visualize the used sensor and actuator intensity


  • - 2nd Place European Texas Instruments Analog Design Contest 2010

  • - Best Performer of the study Information Technology - University Klagenfurt: 2010

  • C/C++, VHDL

    Skill Level: 70%
  • Matlab, Simulink, Latex

    Skill Level: 95%
  • HTML, CSS, Pyhton

    Skill Level: 65%
  • Java, LabView, UML, SQL

    Skill Level: 50%

One of my major research interests are related to evolutionary and metaheuristic algorithms. Therefore, I am studying different metaheuristic approaches as particle swarm optimization, simulated annealing, firefly optimization, cuckoo search optimization as well as differential evolution by applying these approaches to problem of load disaggregation. Load Disaggregation breaks down the household power draw to its appliance dependent components based on the power readings of smart meters. According to the problem of load disaggregation my recent research concentrates on unsupervised load disaggregation approaches. For that I am using Bayesian estimation and probabilistic graphical models. In detail, I am interessted in hidden Markov models and its modifications and how to infere the hidden state based on approximation methods such as particle fitlering. Moreover, I am interested in future applications of load disaggregation which go beyond the detection and identification of applainces in homes.










A. Monacchi, D. Egarter, W. Elmenreich and Andrea M. Tonello: An Open Solution to Provide Personalised Feedback for Building Energy Management, under review, preprint available.


M. Pöchacker, D. Egarter and W. Elmenreich: Proficiency of Power Values for Load Disaggregation, accepted in IEEE Transactions on Instrumentations and Measurement.


D. Egarter, M. Pöchacker and W. Elmenreich: Complexity of Power Draws for Load Disaggregation, under revision, preprint available.


D. Egarter, V.P. Bhuvana and W. Elmenreich: PALDi: Online Load Disaggregation based on Particle Filtering, published in IEEE Transactions on Instrumentations and Measurement, 2014.


D. Egarter, A. Monacchi and W. ELmenreich: Integration of Legacy Appliances into the Home Energy Management System, accepted in Journal of Ambient Intelligence & Humarized Computing


T. Khatib, A. Monacchi, W. Elmenreich, D. Egarter, S. D’Alessandro and A. M. Tonello: European end-user’s level of energy consumption and current structural barriers for smart homes: A case study of residential sectors in Austria and Italy, published in Energy Technology & Policy, 2014


C. Klemenjak, D. Egarter and W. Elmenreich: YOMO - The Arduino based Smart Metering Board, accepted for Springer Journal "Computer Science – Research and Development".

Conference Proceedings


D. Egarter and W. Elmenreich: Simple Load Disaggregation Approach based on Metaheuristic Optimization, accepted for Conference on Energieinformatik, 2015


A. Reinhardt, G. Konstantinou, D. Egarter and D. Christin: Worried About Privacy? Let Your PV Converter Cover Your Electricity Consumption Fingerprints, accepted for IEEE Conference on Smart Grid Communication, 2015


D. Egarter and W. Elmenreich: Autonomous Load Disaggregation Approach based on Active Power Measurements, accepted for IEEE Workshop on Pervasive Energy Services (PerEnergy)


M. Schellander, T. Khatib, W. Elmenreich and D. Egarter: Techno-economical Assessment of Grid-connected Photovoltaic Power Systems Productivity in Summer Season in Klagenfurt, Austria, accepted for IEEE International Conference on Power and Energy (PECON)


C. Klemenjak, D. Egarter and W. Elmenreich: YOMO - The Arduino based Smart Metering Board, accepted for Conference Energieinformatik 2014.



G. Brandner, J. Klinglmayr, D. Egarter, U. Schilcher and C. Bettstetter: Precision of Pulse-Coupled Oscillator Synchronization on FPGA-Based Radios, accepted for 10th International ITG Conference on Systems, Communications and Coding



A. Monacchi, D. Egarter, W. Elmenreich, S. D’Alessandro and A. M. Tonello: GREEND: an energy consumption dataset of households in Italy and Austria, accepted for Conference IEEE SmartGridComm 2014.


D. Egarter, C.Prokop and W. Elmenreich: Load Hiding of Household's Power Demand , accepted for Conference IEEE SmartGridComm 2014.


D. Egarter, V.P. Bhuvana and W. Elmenreich: Appliance State Estimation based on Particle Filtering . In 5th ACM Workshop On Embedded Systems For Energy-Efficient Buildings (BuildSys 2013), Rome, Italy, November 2013.


D. Egarter and W. ELmenreich: EvoNILM - Evolutionary Appliance Detection for Miscellaneous Household Appliances. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Green and Efficient Energy Applications of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Workshop (at GECCO conference),Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 2013.


A. Monacchi, D. Egarter, and W. Elmenreich: Integrating Households into the Smart Grid.   In Proceedings of the Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems (at E-Energy conference), Berkeley, CA, May 2013.


D. Egarter, A. Sobe, and W. Elmenreich: Evolving Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring. In Proceedings of the European Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (at EvoStar conference), Vienna, Austria, April 2013.


W. Elmenreich and D. Egarter: Design guidelines for smart appliances. In Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Intelligent Solutions in Embedded Systems, Klagenfurt, Austria, July 2012.

Book Chapter


D. Egarter, A. Monacchi, M. Pöchacker, K. Schweiger and B. Steinwender: Smart Grid: Visionen & Herausforderungen, published in Energie - Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf eine knappe Ressource (Profil Verlag; G. Getzinger, H. Gross)


Title:['Smart Micro Grid Lab']
Type:['Project from 2012-2015']
People:['Me','Manfred Pöchacker','Wilfried Elmenreich']
Description:['The transformation from centralized to distributed energy resources brings new challenges for metering, pricing, communication, and distribution. We strive to optimize the combination of power networks and communication networks (so called smart microgrids) by self-organizing algorithms and mechanisms. An example is the intelligent integration of the behavior of all users (generators and consumers) of an electricity grid to optimize the operation of the system, e.g. by balancing energy consumption based on availability.This goal can only be achieved if an appropriate know-how is established and a large number of well-trained engineers that have experience in the area of smart electric grids become available. It is the objective of this project to contribute to the establishment of such know-how and to provide an experimental environment where motivated students can learn and gain practical experience in the domain of smart microgrids at Lakeside Labs.']
Web: Project Page of the Smart Mircogrid Project

Type:['Project from 2012-2015']
People:['Andrea Monacchi','Tamer Khatib','Wilfried Elmenreich']
Description:['Nowadays, we are assisting to an increased interest in developing ICT solutions capable of improving the energy usage within houses. Increased energy efficiency and savings is a fundamental goal to contribute to the Sustainable Growth that is specified by the “Europe 2020″ strategy. A common though is that energy saving is achievable by letting the consumers be aware about the energy used by their household appliances, because most people have no idea on how electricity is generated or how it gets into their home. In this respect, a complete solution for monitoring and controlling the household appliances and devices is of great importance. Monergy will address these issues carrying out fundamental research about home-automation and developing concrete solutions for the increase of energy efficiency in the Friuli Venezia Giulia and Carinthia homes.']
Web: Project Page of the Monergy Project

Title:['Load Disaggregation']
Description:['Non-intrusive appliance load monitoring or load disaggregation is the problem of disaggregating running loads from overall consumption data. NILM is a single-meter approach with the objective to detect running appliances according to specific characteristics of their power signature. The increasing resolution of power measurements as a consequence of the rolling out of smart meters is going to provide a means for the detection of appliances. State-of-the-art NILM algorithms can be distinguished into supervised and unsupervised approaches where as I am mainly interested in unsupervised approaches. I am developing new algorithms and approaches for load disaggregation taken into account the complexity of the algorithms as well as of the problem itself.']

Title:['Load Hiding']
Description:['The increasing resolution of power measurements as a consequence of the rolling out of smart meters is going to introduce privacy threats. Tracking and monitoring of user behaviors and habits will be possible. Load disaggregation is going to provide disaggregated appliance information which either can improve energy awareness or introduce privacy issues. Therefore, I am interested to obfuscate the household power draw by smart algorithms and techniques. Therefore, I am using rechargeable batteries or controllabler, not user-driven applainces as the water boiler trying either to flatten the power profile as much as possible (battery case) or to produce artifical noise with the electric boiler (controllable appliance case)']

Title:['Smart Metering','Smart Appliances','Integratation and Interoperability of devices']
Description:['This field of interest is quite wide. In detail, I am interested on the design of smart meter units as well as of smart appliances with the setup of necessary and sufficient characteristics. To make this smart appliances with common legacy appliances working I am working on interoperability issues in this area to integrate and to combine smart and legacy appliances into our household and furhter also in the future smart grid']

Get in Touch

E-Mail: ['dominik.egarter@aau.at']
Telefon: ['+43-0463-2700-3640 ']
Web: ['http://smartgrid.aau.at', 'http://nes.aau.at', 'http://www.lakeside-labs.com/']