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Highlights from first annual IEEE online conference – GreenCom 2011


November 7, 2011
By Anthony Capkun

November 7, 2011 – The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) recently held its first fully virtual, online event with professionals worldwide participating in 12 separate sessions dedicated to the latest advances in energy-efficient communications and green technologies.

Webcast internationally to attendees (then published at IEEE Xplore), the first annual IEEE Online Conference on Green Communications (GreenCom’11) was specifically designed to address global warming developments while promoting an ecological conferencing model that provides time-flexible participation in a virtual forum.

Other distinct benefits included the ability of speakers representing leading institutions such as Ericsson, Samsung, INRIA, IMEDA Networks, Create-Net, Telecom ParisTech, Royal Institute of Technology, Dresden University of Technology, Tohoku University, Politecnico di Italy and the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications to offer presentations live to a global audience, then answer participant questions in real-time with the aid of moderators.

This included discussions of issues ranging from energy-efficient fixed line and wireless communications to smart grid architecture modelling and dynamic pricing, and response scheduling to energy-efficient solutions for vehicles and the home.

Among the highlights, communications experts from Canada, New Zealand and China combined online to explore the newest advances in home energy management, plug-in electric vehicles refuelled by smart microgrids and energy-efficient wireless sensor networks.