IEEE International Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grids
29-31 October 2018 // Aalborg, Denmark

Control and Operation


Mahnoosh Alizadeh - ( – UC Santa Barbara, USA

Hossein Akhavan-Hejazi - ( – UC Riverside, USA

Hongjian Sun – ( -  Durham University, UK


This symposium will discuss new research in the theory and practice of control systems, particularly for the smart grid and related cyber-physical systems. This will include new methods and procedures for distributed control, as well as their application to different levels of the grid, ranging from transmission and distribution systems to microgrids to home energy management. Authors may also discuss applications of control methods towards the integration of grid resources, including the use of renewable energy, distributed generation, grid storage systems and electric vehicles. The design of relevant power electronic systems and fault protection systems will also be in scope.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Distributed control and/or decentralized decision making, including microgrids
    • Optimal generation and/or load scheduling
    • Voltage control and frequency control
    • Resilient, robust and scalable control methods
    • Real-time state estimation
  • Distributed energy resources (DER) in microgrids and distribution systems:
    • Integration of DER technologies, including renewable generation, and energy storage, and demand response technologies
    • Integration and aggregation of DERs and Virtual power plant (VPP) concepts
    • Peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading
    • Mitigation of renewable source variability and provision of reliable services
  • Protection and fault-management in microgrids and distribution systems:
    • Fault monitoring, location and isolation
    • Predictive maintenance
    • Operating strategies during emergencies, islanding, and black start
  • Analysis techniques for control and operation of microgrids and distribution systems
    • Cyber-physical modelling, forecasting and simulation
    • Transient and stability analysis
    • Security (vulnerability) assessment
  • Electric vehicle integration in microgrids and distribution systems
    • Charging control, scheduling and pricing strategies
    • Overload mitigation
    • Grid storage provisioning (vehicle to grid)
  • Power electronics and devices for microgrids and distribution systems:
    • Grid management functionalities of power electronic converters
    • Active power filtering, load-sharing, and islanding operation
    • DC microgrid networks and DC distribution systems
    • Phasor Measurement Units (PMU)