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IEEE launches conference on smart grid communications


April 25, 2010
By Anthony Capkun

April 25, 2010

The first IEEE international conference on smart grid communications—SmartGridComm—is being held October 4-6, 2010, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md. It is sponsored by IEEE ComSoc (Communications Society), a professional organization dedicated to advancing communications technologies.

SmartGridComm focuses on all communications aspects relevant to the
smart grid, and aims to assemble researchers from academia, industry and
national labs.

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“Developing [the] smart grid has become an urgent global priority, as
its economic, environmental and societal benefit will be enjoyed by
generations to come,” said Dr. Stefano Galli, lead scientist with
Panasonic and conference co-chair.

“Information and communications technologies are the fundamental enabler
for achieving the ambitious goals set in the smart grid vision:
providing the capability of supporting two-way energy and information
flow, performing advanced monitoring and control, isolating and
restoring power outages more quickly, facilitating the integration of
renewable energy sources into the grid and empowering consumers with
tools for optimizing their energy consumption,” continued Galli.

“Just as the internet has transformed the way we think about, use and
manage information, the smart grid will transform the way we think
about, use and manage energy,” added Dr. George Arnold, national
coordinator for smart grid interoperability, NIST, and conference
co-chair.

SmartGridComm was specifically designed to promote the discussion of
innovations, ideas, problems and experiences among the world’s leading
academic and industrial researchers. To fulfil this goal, SmartGridComm
was divided into 12 separate symposia to ensure the exploration of key
communication areas:

• cyber and physical security and privacy
• interconnections and communications of electric vehicles and smart
grids
• virtual power plants, distributed generation, microgrids, renewables
and storage
• smart grid and area networks (HAN, IAN, BAN, FAN and NAN)
• networking for smart grid (IETF, 6LoWPAN, ROLL, IPv4/IPv6, etc.)
• wide-area monitoring and control
• architectures and models for the smart grid
• smart/virtual metering, demand response, dynamic pricing
• standardization, interoperability and coexistence
• “The Whole Picture: sense, communicate, compute, control”
• field trials, deployments, and lessons learned
• regulatory issues and their impact on communications aspects

CLICK HERE for IEEE SmartGridComm.