UF-ECE Faculty lead 2015 IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications to a Successful Completion 

The Sixth IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications was a great success. It was brought to Florida for the first time by general co-chair Haniph Latchman and Lead TPC Co-Chair Janise McNair. The conference enjoyed major sponsorship from Florida Power and Light (FPL) and Wiley Publications, with the University of Florida, UF College of Engineering, and UF Electrical and Computer Engineering as Technical Co-Sponsors. UF had a major student presence as well, with many UF-ECE graduate and undergraduate students contributing as volunteers.


The conference attracted more than 250 attendees from over 25 countries. From 308 submitted papers, the Technical Program Committee (http://sgc2015.ieee-smartgridcomm.org/committee) selected approximately 140 papers for presentation at the conference and inclusion in IEEE Explore. The papers were grouped into four symposia which were entitled “Communications and Networks to Enable the Smart Grid,” “Cyber Security and Privacy,” “Architectures, Control and Operation for Smart Grids and Microgrids,” and “Data Management, Grid Analytics, and Dynamic Pricing.” 


The first day began with a day of workshops and tutorials organized by Workshop Chair and UF-ECE alum Dr. Kartikeya Tripathi, Smart Grid principal at Tollgrade Communications. After a successful day of workshops and tutorials, the conference began each day with a keynote speaker, which included UF-ISE alum David L. Herlong, Director of Smart Grid and Innovation at Florida Power and Light Company, UF-ECE alum and former Dean of the College of Engineering Pramod Khargonekar, NSF Assistant Director for Engineering, and Osama Mohammed, Director of the Energy Systems Research Laboratory at Florida International University. 


Two panel discussions were held: “Communication Technologies for Smart Grids – Experiences from Installations and Pilots,” with panelists from Megachips(USA), T-Systems(Germany), Kamstrup(Denmark) and University of Duisburg-Essen(Germany) and “Communications, Data Fusion, and Big Data Analytics in Smart Grids,”  with panelists from IBM Research(US), Pacific Northwest National Labs(US), ABB Research(Switzerland), ViaSat(US) and Fujitsu Laboratories(Japan/US). There was also a student video completion coordinated by UF-ECE Alum Dr. Yu-Ju Lin. The winner was announced, along with best paper and other awards, at the conference banquet.


The IEEE SmartGridComm conference (http://sgc2015.ieee-smartgridcomm.org) showcases innovative information and communication technologies and approaches to developing intelligent systems for the distribution of energy resources. The goal is to provide integration of both traditional and renewable energy sources, fault tolerance, self-healing, consumer interaction, service optimization, utility market innovation, and dynamic control. The next IEEE SmartGridComm conference will be held in Sydney, Australia in November 2016.