ISGT NA 2021 Call For Panel Sessions

The twelfth Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT 2021), sponsored by the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), will be held on February 15 – 18, 2021 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington DC with the theme “Technology Solutions for an Evolving Grid”.

ISGT 2021 is a forum to discuss the latest issues, trends, and emerging and innovative technologies for grid modernization in the face of challenges of a rapidly changing environment. The drivers behind this change include the dramatic increase in deployments of renewable and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), the evolving resilience threats, global health crisis, and new business and operating concepts and services. The conference will feature plenary sessions, panels, technical papers presented in poster sessions, and tutorials.

The key focus of ISGT is to facilitate in-depth multi-disciplinary discussions among the participants – sharing experiences and lessons learned, and raising the awareness and understanding of the latest concepts, applications, and technologies. The theme for ISGT 2021 is “Technology Solutions for an Evolving Grid” with three tracks:

  1. Agility and Resilience of Critical Energy Infrastructure
  2. Innovation and Adoption of New Grid Technologies
  3. Distributed Grid-Edge and Behind-the-Meter Technology

The Conference Organizing Committee invites practitioners and researchers worldwide to submit proposals for panel sessions for review and possible presentation. The format of panel sessions typically consists of 90 to 120 minutes duration with three to four speakers and a moderator. Proposals including presentations of electric utility experiences and practical implementations of novel concepts and solutions are encouraged. The deadline for panel submissions has been extended to August 15th.


The Conference scope covers the three tracks and could include the following general topics:

Track 1: Agility and Resilience of Critical Energy Infrastructure

  • Grid resiliency and reliability assessment, metrics and evaluation methods
  • Lessons learned from grid operations under global health crisis conditions
  • Operational and regulatory coordination challenges and possibilities at the transmission and distribution systems
  • Application of “Big Data” and advanced analytics to grid planning and operations
  • Technologies and methodologies for advancing physical and cybersecurity
  • Taking advantage of distribution system and other flexibility for enhanced resilience
  • New business models to enable resilience

Track 2: Innovation and Adoption of New Grid Technologies

  • Technologies and methodologies addressing grid integration of DER and Demand Response, including DERMS, ADMS, microgrids, and next generation smart inverters
  • Distribution markets and system platforms (DSP, DSO, etc.)
  • Transportation electrification including autonomous electric vehicles and charging infrastructure
  • Transactive Energy Systems and emerging hardware/software technologies (Internet of Things, Blockchain, etc.)
  • Next generation AMI, PMU, sensing, communications and control
  • Applications of Big Data, advanced analytics, cloud computing, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence
  • Advanced transmission concepts and projects, including planning and operations tools, HVDC, etc.
  • Emerging substation and distribution automation technologies (advanced FLISR, Volt-VAR Optimization, etc.)

Track 3: Distributed Grid-Edge and Behind-the-Meter Technologies

  • Edge computing, control and analytics
  • Smart controls, analytics, and sensors in end-use devices
  • Smart cities applications, including smart buildings and smart street lighting
  • Cyber-physical security of grid-edge devices

Panel Session Proposal Submission

The panel session deadline has been extended! Panel session proposals are to be submitted by August 15, 2020 (no later than 11:59 PT EST) to the following email address:

Required Information

  1. Name, Affiliation and Contact Information:
    Please provide your name, title, affiliation, and contact information (e-mail address and mailing address).
  2. Conference Track:
    Please provide the Conference Track for which the panel session is proposed.
  3. Title of Panel Session:
    Please provide the title of the panel session.
  4. Scope of Panel Session:
    Please provide a discussion of the content and format of the panel session. The discussion on content should be sufficiently detailed to understand how it addresses one or more of the conference topics stated under the Conference Track of interest, and to enable reviewers to assess the proposal’s merit against the conference topics noted above. Panel sessions typically range between 1.5 to 2 hours in duration and consist of presentations by three or four speakers and a moderator with an opportunity for discussion (questions and answers), however, other approaches may be proposed, including those that more effectively engage the audience.
  5. Proposed Panelists:
    Please provide the names, email addresses, titles and affiliations of the proposed panelists with descriptions of what they intend to cover.

The above discussion can range from 300 to 2000 words, approximately.

Important Note: All panel chairs/moderators and panelists listed in the final program must register and pay the conference registration fee in order to attend and present at the conference. Once your panel proposal is accepted, please make sure your designated panelists are aware of the registration requirement.

Conference Registration and Accommodation

Information on hotel and conference registration will be available here on the ISGT 2021 website.

Important Dates

  • Panel Proposal Submissions opens: May 11, 2020
  • Submission Deadline for Panel Session Proposals: Deadline Extended to August 15, 2020 (at 11:59 PM EST)
  • Notification of Panel Session Acceptance: September 12, 2020


Conference Organizing Committee

  • Conference Chair: Julio Romero-Aguero
  • Technical Program Chair: Farrokh Rahimi
  • Technical Vice Chair: Gerald FitzPatrick


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