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 The 1st IEEE International Workshop on Smart Grid Communications and Networks (SG-ComNeTs 2011)     











The next generation electric grid, also known as smart grid, is expected to be scalable, reliable, and secure and enhance efficient energy consumption and deployment of renewable and distributed energy generation. The modern communications and networking technologies will play a vital role in the future smart grid by supporting two-way energy and information flow and enabling more efficient monitoring, control, and optimization of different grid functionalities and smart power devices. The emerging field of smart grid has introduced several new challenges for the communications and networking research communities. It has also created new multi-disciplinary research opportunities and potentials for collaborations with industries and international smart grid standardization bodies.


This full day workshop complements the high-quality technical papers and exhibition at the IEEE Globecom 2011 and will feature a keynote speech, presentations, and a panel discussion. This workshop will bring together researchers from Academia, Industry, and Government Agencies to identify and discuss technical challenges, exchange novel ideas, explore enabling technologies, and present recent research results related to all networking and communications aspects in designing, implementing, and testing Smart Grids.


Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:


·         Communication Architectures and Protocols for Smart Grids

·         Smart Grids for Green Communications and Green Computing

·         Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Smart Meter Technologies

·         Distributed Generation and Storage Systems

·         Wide-area Measurement and Monitoring Systems

·         Demand Response Management and Load Shaping

·         Power Line Communications and Physical Layer Design for Smart Grid Communications

·         Integration of Green and Renewable (wind, solar, geothermal, etc.) Energy Sources

·         Smart Grid Cyber Security, Intrusion Detection, False Data Injection Attacks

·         Sensor and Actuator Networks for Smart Grid

·         Dynamic Pricing for Networked Constrained Electricity Markets and Deregulation

·         Consumer Privacy Protection and Load Altering Attacks

·         Vehicle-to-Grid Networks and Interconnection of Electric Vehicles

·         Distributed Fault Detection and Communication-based Robust Control of Smart Grid

·         Data Centers Interacting with Smart Power Grids, Green Data Centers

·         Home-area Energy Automation Networks, ZigBEE and HomePlug Solutions

·         Cognitive Radio and Applications in Smart Grid Communications

·         Time Synchronization Protocols for Real-time Smart Grid Operation

·         Transmission switching and Routing Technologies for Smart Grid

·         Quality-of-Service and Service Differentiation on Power Networks

·         Smart Grid Communications Standardization, Regulation, and Interoperability

·         Test-beds and Field Trials for Smart Grid Communications and Networking


Important Dates

·         Paper Submission Deadline: July 7, 2011

·         Decision Notification: August 15, 2011

·         Camera Ready Due: August 31, 2011