by Farrokh Rahimi, Ph.D., Senior VP, OATI
In its decade long existence, the IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technology (ISGT) conference has spread in geographical scope and expanded in topical coverage. ISGT conferences are now held in different parts of the globe (North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America) at different times of the year annually or biannually. The ISGT conferences in 2019 are schedules are as follows:
- ISGT North America (ISGT NA); February 17- 20, 2019; Washington D.C.
- ISGT Asia: May 21 – 24, 2019; Chengdu, China
- ISGT Latin America: September 15-18, 2019; Gramado City, Brazil
- ISGT Europe: September 29 – October 2, 2019; Bucharest, Romania
Recognizing the regulatory and technological drivers of Smart Grid, ISGT NA has traditionally been held in Washington D.C. area, with two exceptions, namely, ISGT NA 2011 in Anaheim, CA, and ISGT NA 2016 in Minneapolis, MN. Timewise, ISGT NA has generally been held in the January/February timeframe, with two exceptions, namely, ISGT 2016 in September and ISGT 2017 in April.
ISGT conferences have in the past been concentrating on “Smart Grid” technologies and applications in the electricity sector. With the recent explosion of technologies in various disciplines, and increasing interactions of smart electrical systems, smart transportation systems, smart communication systems, smart cities, their underlying technologies, and their increasing interactions, the emphasis is expanding from Smart Grid for electrical generation, transport, and use to “Smart Grid of Things” across multiple disciplines. In this direction, the 2019 ISGT has taken up new initiatives to enlist disciplines besides electric energy in the mix. The theme of this conference is “Innovations for a Flexible and Resilient Grid”. Innovative topics including big data analytics, Internet of things (IoT), Blockchain, etc., are among topics of interest in the 2019 ISGT. To that end the ISGT NA Organizing Committee structure has also been amended to include a new “Advisory Committee” of experts from various disciples and in various sectors of the industry. The emphasis as always is on application of these innovative technologies, and regulatory measures that could enhance their widespread adoption. Another initiative undertaken in ISGT 2019 is to expand the opportunity for the institutions involved in bleeding edge Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) innovations in these areas to show case their projects. An “Industry Panel” has been set up by the 2019 ISGT Organizing Committee to facilitate this initiative.
ISGT NA 2019 starts with 4 tutorials on Sunday February 17. These tutorials are eligible for Continuing Education credits. To emphasize the two-way exchange of information between presenter and participants, ISGT 2019 has put more emphasis on panel sessions compared to paper sessions. Accepted papers are all slated for a poster session. However, to emphasize academic contributions to Smart Grid technologies, for the first time in the ISGT NA series, ISGT NA 2019 has set up a venue to select four top papers from among those peer reviewed and accepted for the poster session to receive best-paper prizes, one in each of the three conference tracks (Planning, Operations, Markets) and one for the best student paper.
Come and join us at ISGT NA in Washington D.C., find out more about where our industry is heading in this era of increasing technological innovations, increasing participation of savvy consumers (prosumers), changing utility business models, and emerging regulatory and structural constructs, and share your ideas and experiences with your colleagues in the panel sessions, networking sessions, and social events.