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The 3rd IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm)

The 3rd IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), the leading international forum dedicated to the advancement of the world’s power delivery infrastructure, will hold its 3rd annual event from November 5 - 8, 2012 in Tainan City, Taiwan focused on enhancing power grid efficiencies and greatly increasing the availability of affordable energy sources to worldwide users. This includes empowering today’s power grid 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.

IEEE SmartGridComm 2012 will begin with a full day of tutorials and workshops detailing topics such as Smart Grid Communications: Research Challenges and Opportunities, Communication Networks for Power Engineers, Smart Metering Utility Networks (SUN) Standard – IEEE802.15.4g, Communications within Power Substations: Breaking the EM Barrier, Cognitive and Machine-to-Machine Communications and Networking for Smart Grid and Wireless Infrastructure for Smart Grid and Workshop on Architectures and Models for the Smart Grid.

The conference keynote program will begin with the welcoming address of Dr. Chih-Kung Lee (C.K. Lee), President of the Institute for Information Industry and Vice Chairman of the SEMI Taiwan MEMS Committee. Other noted authorities scheduled to address the forum include Hiroshi Harada, Director, Smart Wireless Laboratory, NICT, Japan and Chair of Board of Promoters, Wi-SUN Alliance, who will discuss “Wi-SUN: A Wireless Smart Utility/Metering Network Based on IEEE 802.15.4g;” David Hill, Professor, Ausgrid Chair of Electrical Engineering, School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia, who will speak on “A Control View of Communication Challenges in Smarter Grids;” and Munther A. Dahleh, Professor, Associate Department Head, EECS, MIT, USA, who will address “Tradeoffs Between Efficiency and Risk in the Smart Grid.”

IEEE SmartGridComm 2012 will be earmarked by the quality and diversity of its technical symposia consisting of over 100 presentations delivered by industry experts from Germany, Australia, Japan, Canada, the United States, Denmark, China, India, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan. Among the numerous topics to be addressed include A Smart Meter Based Approach to Power Reliability, AMI Threats, Intrusion Detection Requirements and Deployment Recommendations, Complete Automation of Future Grid for Optimal Real-time Distribution of Renewables, Coordinated Energy Scheduling for Residential Household for the Smart Grid, Distributed Smart Charging of Electric Vehicles for Balancing Wind Energy and Mobile Charging Station Service in Smart Grid Networks.

New to the program will be the Smart Grid Forum – Its Challenges and Opportunities hosted by Kuang-Chong Wu, Vice President, National Applied Research Laboratories and includes numerous distinguished panelists representing leading organizations such as the Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Taiwan Power Company, the Smart Network System Institute and the Taiwan Smart Grid Industrial Association.

Register by Friday, October 5 to receive the reduced registration rate. For more information, visit

IEEE GreenCom 2012

The 2nd IEEE Online Conference on Green Communications (GreenCom), held September 26 – 28, 2012, is a fully-virtual event where leading international experts in energy-efficient communications and green technologies will highlight the latest networking, energy management, smart grid and green communications solutions specifically-designed to reduce energy consumption and global greenhouse gas emissions. The conference will include keynote and invited talks from numerous leading international experts such as Professor Jean-Yves Le Boudec of the Computer Communications and Applications Laboratory 2 at EPFL, who will talk about “Stochastic Analysis of Real and Virtual Energy Storage in the Smart Grid;” Professor Zhisheng Niu of the Department of Electronic Engineering at Tsinghua University, who will discuss the “Characterizing Energy-Delay Tradeoff in GREEN Communications;” and Professor Ken Christensen, Director of Undergraduate Program Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida, who will address “Green Networks: Substituting, Scheduling, and Consolidating to Save Energy.” Dietrich Zeller of Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG, Bell Labs Germany and the Coordinator of FP7 EARTH will also speak about “Green Wireless Access – where we are, where we need to go.” Throughout the seven online sessions, speakers representing Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Orange Labs, Telecom, Delft University of Technology, Ghent University, Politecnico di Milano, South China University of Technology and the University of Massachusetts will address subjects ranging from communications methodologies and networking architectures to energy management and green solution protocols. Learn more at

Smart Grid Webcasts - Get the following for $45

Power Networks for Communications Engineers (Frede Blaabjerg, Aalborg University)
Power Line Communications for the Smart Grid (Andrea M. Tonello, University of Udine; Masaaki Katayama, Nagoya University)
Communications and Networking for Smart Grid Systems (Dusit Niyato, Nanyang Technological University; Rose Qingyang Hu, Utah State University; Ekram Hossain, University of Manitoba; Yi Qian, University of Nebraska- Lincoln; Rose Qingyang Hu, Utah State University)

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STUDENTS: Submit a smart grid video by August 17 for a chance to WIN $500!

Student Video Competition

Submit a Smart Grid video for a chance to win $500!

We invite students to submit a video presenting fresh and original views, which may stimulate the research community. In particular, we welcome short videos (duration: 1 to max. 3 minutes), which present original visions in either one of the following two categories:

  • Explain innovative smart grid concepts: Dream up new applications, user interfaces, technologies, scenario’s enabling, or enabled by, smart grids. These should be at least conceptually explained; providing some technical solutions is not mandatory, but can be a plus. For example, describe a new smart phone app that allows to monitor your energy profile and provide incentives to reduce your energy usage (or stimulates use of “green energy” coming from renewable sources).
  • Showcase benefits of smart grids: i.e. why do we believe smart grids are necessary, what challenges do smart grid concepts/technologies solve, etc.? For example, provide some quantification of energy requirements for electrical car charging and an how to deal with it using an appropriate control mechanism. Read more

Call for Papers: IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm) 2012

IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm) has announced May 6, 2012 as the final “Call for Papers” deadline for its 3rd annual event to be held November 5 – 8, 2012 in Tainan City, Taiwan. Details can be found at IEEE SmartGridComm is centered on all communications aspects that are relevant to the Smart Grid and aims at bringing together researchers from Academia, Industry, and National Labs to exchange novel ideas, explore enabling technologies, discuss innovative designs, and share field, trial experiences and lessons learned. The IEEE SmartGridComm Conference will consist of eleven Symposia. Each symposium will address a particular aspect of Smart Grid Communications. Prospective authors are invited to submit original contributions (standard two-column IEEE format and up to 6 pages) on all aspects of Smart Grid Communications to one of SmartGridComm Symposia. All interested researchers, industry professionals and government officials are urged to visit