If we were to design a new scientific field with a clean slate perspective, what might be
the outcome? The panelists have been working in various ways for the last few years on
establishing a new domain of inquiry, Energy Informatics. The panel will address key
questions that they think should be considered by those designing a new discipline.
Specifically, they will address the following critical questions: (1) How do you enhance
research community effectiveness? (2) How do you enhance research community
efficiency? (3) What are the central activities and key resources? (4) How do you assess
an effective contribution? These questions follow directly from the panel’s contention
that a new field should make every endeavor to avoid accepting legacy systems as an
appropriate infrastructure for conducting research in today’s world.