MIT Technology Review
September 14, 2016

The technological components of a “smart city,” including everything from smart grids and driverless cars to automated buildings and advanced sensors, can be complicated. But the core question behind the purpose of a smart city is quite simple: does it make human lives better? That’s the key theme explored in the webcast “The Connected City: Trends and Developments Driving Smart City Innovation,” produced by MIT Technology Review and IEEE Collabratec. Three influential subject matter experts with different backgrounds in developing smart cities delve into how these cities influence their human populations.

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Intelligent Utility
August 18, 2016

The increasing adoption of variable DERs challenges the traditional planning and operation practices of utility distribution systems. These systems have been traditionally radial and had single directional power flows and protection schemes, whereas with DERs, the power flows will become bi-directional and impact the circuit protection and control schemes. Like other utilities, ComEd is examining the potential of a DSO pilot implementation to investigate the relationship between DER deployments and DSO, as well as the potential DSO applications that can facilitate DER integration and benefit both end-use customers and the system. Similar to transmission system operators, the DSO would act as an independent aggregator by interfacing distributed generators and network owners and by managing a distributed generation market.

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August 9, 2016 interviewed the chair of the IEEE Smart Grid Initiative, Dr. Massoud Amin, to discuss not only his professional accomplishments but also how the smart grid has evolved over his career. Dr. Amin answers questions related to infrastructure, how to create a self-healing grid, and how IEEE is addressing the transition to a smart grid.

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November 16-18, 2016
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The aim of this workshop is (1) to establish an initial consensus among industry and academic participants on the appropriate components of a “building code” that would be appropriate to reduce significantly the vulnerability of cyber components of electric grids to malicious attacks, and (2) to establish a research agenda for the creation of evidence that could justify the inclusion of additional elements in such a code. The workshop will be held under the auspices of the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative, IEEE Smart Grid, and IEEE Power and Energy Society, with participation from UIUC’s Information Trust Institute; additional support is being sought from the NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program.

The workshop proposal describing the scope, objectives, and the building code metaphor is included as an appendix to this call for contributions and participation.