IEEE SmartGridComm 2013 to explore global power delivery issues & advances from October 21 - 24 in Vancouver



The IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), the leading international forum dedicated to communications technology for the advance of the world's power delivery infrastructure, will hold its 4th annual event from October 21 - 24, 2013 at The Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Considered by many as the world's "Most Liveable City," Vancouver offers an ideal blend of world-class amenities, natural scenic beauty and grand architectural landscapes to host one of the world's leading events dedicated to enhancing power grid efficiencies and furthering the availability of affordable energy sources to global users. This includes empowering today's electrical grids with the capability to support the two-way flow of energy and information, quickly isolate and restore power outages, facilitate the integration of renewable energy sources and provide the tools necessary for optimizing energy consumption. "Vancouver is an idyllic choice for this year's event," says General Co-Chair Lutz Lampe. "Over the past year, our organizers have worked tirelessly to prepare an exciting technical program and conference activities that provide researchers, academia and industry professionals with the stimulating environment needed to actively share experiences and discuss the latest innovative designs helping to transform our aging electrical systems into sustainable smart grids." IEEE SmartGridComm 2013 will commence on Monday, October 21 with a full day of tutorials and workshops focused on "Closed-Loop Wide Area Applications, Communications, and Security," "Smart Grid at Scale - The UBC Living Lab," "Wireless Communications and the Smart Grid," "Experience and Challenges with Smart Grid - A Utility View" and "IEC 61850-Principles, Applications and Benefits." Over the following three days, the international conference will then offer more than one hundred presentations, keynotes and demonstrations on subjects ranging from smart meter deployment, adaptive storage battery management and real-time pricing for optimal capacity planning to smart security measures, mobile charging station services and web-based applications for improving home energy efficiencies. Included in the dais of noted international experts will be: • Dr. Anna Scaglione of the University of California at Davis, who will speak on "Networks and Markets for Scheduling Energy Consumption" and the direct management and integration of deferrable loads specifically focused on Electrical Vehicle charging and schedule planning • Kip Morison, Chief Technology Officer at BC Hydro in Canada, who will address "Transforming Our Business with Technology" and the latest smart metering, advanced distribution automation, electric vehicle deployment and workforce mobility technologies • Dr. Alexandra von Meier, Co-Director of Electric Grid Research at the California Institute for Energy and Environment & Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Berkeley, who will discuss "Who says what to whom and why? Challenges for Smart Communications in Distribution Systems" Throughout the event, global researchers representing Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States will explore a wide range of symposia. This includes "Architectures and Models for the Smart Grid," "Cyber-Physical Wide-Area Monitoring, Protection & Control," "Demand Response & Transportation Electrification," "Access Network Performance," "Pricing for Demand Response," "Smart Grid Data Management," "Grid Detection & Estimation," "Privacy, Confidentiality & Authentication," "Smart Grid Network Management & Services," "Network Monitoring, QoS & Resilience" and "AMI Security." In addition, these sessions will also be highlighted by the specific discussion of topics like "Congestion Management for Urban EV Charging Systems," "Formal Models for Verifying Stealthy Attacks on State Estimation in Power Grids," "A Control Loop Approach for Integrating The Future Decentralized Power Markets & Grids," "The Development of a Smart Grid Co-Stimulation Platform & Case Studies on Vehicle-to-Grid Voltage Support Applications," "Wireless Communication-aided Differential Relay Protection in Smart Grids," and "Smart Metering Speed Dating, Short-Term Relationships for Improved Privacy." Other conference highlights entail the "Student Video Contest," which invites students to submit one- to three-minute videos offering original viewpoints on innovative smart grid concepts and benefits. SmartGridComm 2013