Events & Conferences

1st Vocamp - Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Posted on Mon, Oct 22nd 2012 by Site Admin

Under the auspices of Adapt4EE European-funded project (FP7), a Vocabulary Camp will be organized on "Energy Efficiency in Buildings". This is the first series of a VoCamps that will be organized in the context of Adapt4EE and will take place on 15-16 November 2012 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The VoCamp event will be organized and chaired by Dr.Dimitrios Tzovaras from CERTH/ITI (Centre for Research & Technology Hellas / Information Technologies Institute), which is also the Coordinator of the Adapt4EE project.


The Vocabulary Camp will focus on the delivery of ontologies that can be used for the analysis of the Building Performance in terms of its Energy Efficiency. Focus will be given to domains, in which vocabularies and ontologies used are not mature yet. The ultimate goal will be to deliver or enrich existing ontologies that can be used in various stages of the Building Lifecycle and especially on the early design stages. The 1st VoCamp will address both Simulation & Management systems and ontologies will be created for multiple factors that contribute to the Energy Consumption in Buildings, having as main catalyst the human behavior and presence (building occupants). As for all VoCamps that will be organized by Adapt4EE, background material will be available in advance to the experts towards to incrementally construct the new ontologies, which will be finally concluded on the VoCamp event.


The 1st VoCamp will take place on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th of November 2012.
A tentative schedule for the event is outlined in the following. It should be noticed that the program will not be fixed and will remain flexible to a certain degree.

Thursday 15th November 2012

  • 09:00 am - 10:00 am Arrivals and Coffee
  • 10:00 am - 13:00 pm Start, Discussion on the available material (martir page, etc)
  • 13:00 pm Lunch
  • 14:00 pm - 17:00 pm Vocabulary Generation for the domains included in the 1st VoCamp.
  • 17:00 pm - Close of the 1st Day

Friday 16th November 2012

  • 09:30 am - 11:00 Elaboration of Vocabularies and corresponding ontologies
  • 11:00 am - 11:25 Coffee Break
  • 11:25 am - 13:00 Elaboration of Vocabularies and corresponding ontologies (cont.)
  • 13:00 pm Lunch Break
  • 14:00 pm - 15:00 Preparation of the Final Version of Martir Page
  • 15:00 pm - 16:00 Final Ontologies for the topics addressed on 1st VoCamp
  • 16:00 pm - Coffee Break & Close of the meeting

The above timings are very unlikely to change, however the time spend for each session will largely determined during the event.



The event will be hosted in CERTH (EKETA in Greek) premises in its main facilities in Thessaloniki, Greece.
For the event, a conference room has been booked for the two days event (15-16 November 2012). Below you can find some useful information regarding the Venue and the location of the event.
The conference room is called "ZEFIROS" and is located in the main building of CERTH, just 100 meters away from the ITI building.
The address of CERTH/ITI is:

Information Technologies Institute, Building A
Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
6th km Charilaou-Thermi Rd
57001 Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel.+30 2311 257701-3
Fax +30 2310 474128

Kindly note that we are located in Building A. You may see the exact location of
CERTH premises ( Building A ) by visiting the following address:

Travel Information

Macedonia International Airport

The "Macedonia" Airport in Thessaloniki is the second largest airport unit in Greece, connecting the city to many European capitals and several other European cities by direct flights (Amsterdam, London, Milan, Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart).

Via Athens (35 minutes flight time, 10-16 flights daily), Thessaloniki can be easily reached from anywhere in the world. Thessaloniki's "Macedonia" airport also offers direct flights to other major cities of Greece and to many Greek islands.

Transportation to/from the airport

A Public Bus service (no. 78) connects the "Macedonia" airport with the center of the city at 20-minute intervals throughout the day and takes you in less than 40 minutes to the center (ticket costs around 0,90€). A taxi service is also available at the airport on a 24-hour basis (a 20-minute drive costing approximately around 20,00€).

Useful telephone numbers:




Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras, CERTH/ITI, Greece, Contact:
Mr. Dimosthenis Ioannidis, CERTH/ITI, Greece, Contact:


Tentative Participants, please contact us on on any areas/domains on "Energy Efficiency in Buildings" in which you're interested in creating vocabularies and ontologies.

How Much

The VoCamp event itself is free, although participants will need to pay for their own travel and accommodation. CERTH/ITI will provide lunches and coffee breaks.