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IEEE SmartGridComm 2011 Concludes Successful 2nd Annual Event in Brussels, Belgium

IEEE SmartGridComm 2011 Concludes Successful 2nd Annual Event in Brussels, Belgium

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Hundreds of International Experts Attend Nearly 150 Presentations Dedicated to Facilitating the Worldwide Production, Delivery and Consumption of Electricity
Hundreds of International Experts Attend Nearly 150 Presentations Dedicated to Facilitating the Worldwide Production, Delivery and Consumption of Electricity

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IEEE SmartGridComm 2011 Concludes Successful 2nd Annual Event inBrussels, Belgium
 Hundreds of International Experts Attend Nearly 150 Presentations Dedicated to Facilitating theWorldwide Production, Delivery and Consumption of Electricity
New York, NY, December 01, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The 2nd IEEE International Conference on Smart GridCommunications (SmartGridComm) recently concluded in Brussels, Belgium with hundreds of globalexperts attending nearly150 presentations dedicated to the world's power delivery infrastructure.Developed by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), IEEE SmartGridComm 2011 washighlighted by four days of technical sessions, keynotes, panels, tutorials and workshops detailing thelatest methods for supporting the efficient consumption of energy, two-way flow of energy andinformation, rapid response to power outages and integration of renewable energy sources.Commencing on Monday, October 17, the international event began with a full day of tutorials andworkshops offered by leading scientists representing institutions based throughout Italy, Japan, Belgium,The Netherlands, United States, Austria, Serbia, United Kingdom and Denmark. For instance, Andrea M.Tonello of the University of Udine in Italy and Masaaki Katayama of Nagoya University in Japan beganthe morning by outlining how the integration of existing electrical infrastructures are currently turning“Power Line Communications for the Smart Grid” into high-speed backbones for cost-effective homeoffice networking, in-vehicle and videoconferencing communications. Dr. Katayama then continued thediscussion by describing “intelligent and dynamic grids” that in the very near future will use renewableenergy and advanced modulation techniques to operate long-distance, high-speed networking servicesthat will disseminate and gather information from multiple points in real-time.Other Monday highlights included the presentation of two, all-day workshops dedicated to thetechnologies, interdependent market variables, power flows and information networks involved in theresearch and deployment of both domestic and European Smart Grids. Held simultaneously, “Smart GridModeling & Simulation” offered 20 separate technical papers ranging from the “Coordinated Charging of Electrical Vehicles” and “Cyber-Physical Attack Construction & Simulation” to “Optimal Real-TimePricing” and “Low Voltage Network Environments,” while the “Workshop on European Smart GridProjects” presented the EU's efforts to achieve maximum energy efficiencies through the implementationof innovative ICT solutions, open access standards, renewable resources and active distribution networks.Over the next three days, Tuesday through Thursday, attendees were then feted to a wide array of keynotes, executive business panels and more than 100 technical presentations offered during 24 separatesessions organized across 11 independent symposia. In all, hundreds of paper submissions were receivedfrom authors representing 39 different countries. Among the chosen submissions were discussions of “Advanced Metering Over Wide Area Cellular Networks,” “Energy Delivery Transaction Pricing,”“Cellular Load Management in Green Power Delivery Systems,” “Real-Time Vehicle-to-Grid ControlAlgorithms,” “Joint Cyber Attack Detection & State Recovery” and “Efficient & Versatile EnergyControl Systems for Home Energy Management.”
In addition, Tuesday also marked the first day of the conference's executive program, which opened withthe presentation of four consecutive high-level keynotes. Manuel Sanchez Jimenez, Policy Officer of theEuropean Smart Grid Commission, initiated the series by “Highlighting European Efforts for Smart Gridsand the Way Forward.” During his speech, Jimenez spotlighted Europe's efforts to implement “electricitynetworks that ensure efficient sustainable power and the seamless integration of new applications,” whilenoting that 80 percent of all the upgrades currently in production are being funded by systems operatorsthemselves.Afterwards, Rolf Adam, Director of Global Solutions Development for Utilities Industry & Smart GridSales EMEA, Cisco, elaborated on this theme during his address on “Gridonomics: A Future History of the Grid.” Branko Bjelajac, Executive Vice President and CFO of Landis+Gyr then followed thispresentation by emphasizing the importance of resilient and upgradeable infrastructures in his keynotetitled “The Last Mile - Reloaded.” According to Bjelac, “the building of intelligent infrastructures thatbusinesses will follow” is essential for the design of Smart Grids that will not only accommodate “futurerequirements and applications,” but also overcome the challenges posed by increased energy demands,unsustainable energy mixes and outdated technologies.Concluding the day's keynote agenda, Lennart Soder, Professor of Electric Power Systems at the RoyalInstitute of Technology, KTH in Stockholm, Sweden, spoke extensively about “The Power of SmartGridsfor Power Systems” and “controllability.” This included the development of energy distribution formulasthat provide “consumers with electricity when they want,” while maintaining “the continuous balancebetween production and consumption.”Additional conference highlights from Wednesday and Thursday included the presentation of thesenior-level panels titled “The Cross-Industry View on Smart Grid Communication” and “Smart GridCommunication Visions for 2015, 2020 & 2030.” Throughout these sessions, leading scientists andgovernment officials representing the European Commission, Cisco, GE Global Research, University of Albany, NETovations and the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden spoke openly about the evolutionof smarter, ICT-enabled power grids that are also self-healing, self-sufficient and energized by researchthat “gets out of the comfort zone” and “aligns with investment.”Furthermore, Thursday served to spotlight the conference's new “Student Video Contest,” which invitedstudents to submit one- to three-minute videos offering original viewpoints on innovative smart gridconcepts and benefits. Among the honorees was the 2011 Competition Winner, Austin Montgomery of the University of Waterloo for his entry named “Making the Smart Grid Smarter with Social Media.” Thetwo additional finalists included Fernando Wittmann, Joao Montemezzo and Luan Filipe of UNIOESTWestern Panama State University in Brazil for the video titled “In Preparing for the Future of ElectricSystems” as well as Aastikta Sharma of NIT Puducherry for the entry on “Power Smart G Phones.” Allentries can be found on the IEEE SmartGridComm website.For information on IEEE SmartGridComm 2012, which will be held in Tainan City, Taiwan fromNovember 5 - 8, 2012, please visit www.ieee-smartgridcomm.org/2012 or contact Heather Ann Sweeneyof the IEEE Communications Society at h.sweeney@comsoc.org.

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