S1 Communications and Networks to Enable the Smart Grid

Symposium Co-Chairs

  • Min Dong, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
  • Nei Kato, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Michele Zorzi, University of Padova, Italy
  • Romano Napolitano, ENEL, Italy

Scope and Motivation

Communication and networking technologies are essential for the Smart Grid in order to access distributed sensor information and to communicate configurations and set-points to actuators. They are critical to enable automated and distributed energy generation and efficient bidirectional power flows. Key tasks entail the integration, effective cooperation, and information interchange among the many interconnected elements of the electric power grid. Geographic distribution, scale, and heterogeneity become challenges that need to be addressed, in particular when realizing smartness in the energy distribution grid. Communication solutions in that setting need to realize machine-to-machine (M2M) communication with very high dependability and security standards, while satisfying real-time requirements posed by the targeted control application.
A Smart Grid communication infrastructure will in most cases not be designed from scratch, but needs to reuse existing available technologies and infrastructures, hence forming a heterogeneous communication network in which varying communication properties need to be detected and managed. Major research effort is required to integrate these components, technologies, and protocols into a versatile communication solution that can support a wide variety of smart grid applications ranging from smart metering data collection and demand response to micro-grid management and interaction of medium-voltage substation control with low-voltage distribution grid management.
This Symposium on Communications and Networks to Enable the Smart Grid has the objective to identify communication requirements in various grid applications, analyze existing communication technologies in that context and to develop communication architectures and protocols as well as communication-centric data-management solutions meeting those requirements.

Topics of Particular Interest

Original papers are welcome on, but not limited to, the following aspects of communication technology and networking for Smart Grid scenarios (including Smart Metering):

  • Physical and MAC layer protocols, low power link layer technologies (PLC and wireless)
  • Interference assessment and mitigation
  • Resource management and cross-layer optimization
  • Capacity and network planning, resource and service discovery
  • Multi-hop communication and mesh networking
  • Scalable network and system architecture (e.g., FAN, HAN, NAN and BAN)
  • Lightweight IP networking stacks for constrained devices
  • Communication protocols optimized for (real-time) information collection and control applications
  • Data models and communication-aware data management solutions for Smart Metering and Smart Grids
  • Coexistence, convergence and interoperability mechanism
  • Signal processing and coding techniques for energy related sensor information
  • Integration of smart meters in smart grid ICT networks; integration of electrical, gas and water meters in smart grid ICT solutions
  • Performance of smart metering and smart grid communication solutions and results from field trials

Technical Program Committee (TPC) Members

Roberto Bruschi, CNIT, Italy
Lin Cain, University of Victoria, Canada
Lijun Chen, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Samir Das, Stony Brook University, USA
Franco Davoli, University of Genova, Italy
Felicita Di Giandomenico, Italian National Research Council ISTI, Italy
Melike Erol-Kantarci, University of Ottawa, Canada
Zubair Fadlullah, Tohoku University, Japan
Zhong Fan, Toshiba Research Europe, UK 
Yuguang Fang, University of Florida, USA
Stefano Galli, ASSIA Inc., USA
Hamid Gharavi, NIST, USA
Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, University of Waterloo, Canada
Nada Golmie, NIST, USA
Francesco Gringoli, University of Brescia, Italy
Srinivasan Keshav, University of Waterloo, Canada
Deepa Kundur, University of Toronto, Canada
Albert Lam, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Lutz Lampe, University of British Columbia, Canada
Marco Levorato, University of California at Irvine, USA
Hao Liang, University of Waterloo, Canada
Ren Ping Liu, CSIRO, Australia
Rongxing Lu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Jan Markendahl, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Masahiro Morikura, Kyoto University, Japan
Dusit Niyato, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Moslem Noori, University of British Columbia, Canada
Rasmus Olsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Petar Popovski, Aalborg University, Denmark
Michele Rossi, University of Padova, Italy
Suresh Singh, Portland State University, USA
Lingyang Song, Peking University, China
Hans-Peter Schwefel, Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien
Ilenia Tinnirello, University of Palermo, Italy
David Tipper, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Stefano Tomasin, University of Padova, Italy
Giorgio Vitetta, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Wenye Wang, North Carolina State University, USA
Stephan Weiss, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Christian Wietfeld, TU Dortmund University, Germany
Kui Wu, University of Victoria, Canada
Guoliang Xue, Arizona State University, USA
F. Richard Yu, Carleton University, Canada
Han Zhu, University of Houston, USA