IGERT fellow Zana Cranmer spent the summer collaborating with the Systems Analysis Lab (SAL) at Aalto University, just outside of Helsinki, Finland. She worked with Finnish researchers to develop a model to examine optimal planning approaches for long term, large scale offshore wind development. Cranmer’s advisor, Erin Baker, made the connection with the SAL through Prof. Ahti Salo who has conducted research on portfolio optimization for a number of applications related to technology and policy. These tools will allow Cranmer to explore offshore wind farms siting decisions from both economic and environmental perspectives and to look at the bigger picture of our energy future. Aalto University formed in 2010 from a merging of three diverse and well respected Finnish universities. Finland has a history of leadership in innovation across diverse fields of engineering and design.
Cranmer also took the opportunity to share her work at the triennial conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies, held this year in Barcelona. The conference theme was “The art of modeling” and held sessions covering topics ranging from the behavioral aspects of decision-making to game theory in energy markets.