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Programme at a Glance

The conference venue is at the University of Udine, "Polo Economico", via Francesco Tomadini 30, Udine.

The lunches on Monday and Tuesday will take place at the canteen "Renati" (Via Francesco Tomadini 13), the welcome reception on Sunday at the restaurant "Casa della Contadinanza" (Udine Castle), and the Banquet at the historical Villa Giacomelli in Pradamano (10 km from Udine, bus service provided). More details in the venue page.

The ComSoc TC-PLC meeting will be held at "Casa della Contadinanza" (Udine Castle).

Note: The Poster Session runs on Tuesday 5, from 10:30 to 13:00. All other Technical Sessions are oral. Presentation guidelines can be found here.

Technical programme

FINAL PROGRAMME: The detailed conference programme can be downloaded here.


photo Hybrid, IP-backbone Embedding Multi-communication Equipment for Smart Home and Smart Grid Applications

Michael Koch, Devolo, Germany

Abstract: The keynote will address the current state-of-the-art trends and ongoing research for products, designed for Smart Home and/or Smart Grid applications. Whereas there is a strong trend to base these products on PLC technology, some applications require an hybrid approach of PLC together with other technologies such as e.g. wire-less based, DSL or coaxial. Without any doubts, these products must be integrated into existing IP-backbone infrastructures. For the sake of cost-efficiency, monitoring solutions should be designed to make use of available equipment such as e.g. TV sets or smart phones. Products should also be applicable for more than one communication purpose.

Bio: Dr. Michael Koch is working as Director Strategic Positioning for devolo AG, Aachen/Germany, since July 2008. Beside his company responsibilities, he is holding a lot of management positions in standardisation and industry organisations. He received his degree in electrical engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technical University in Darmstadt/Germany in 1991, his PhD in electrical engineering (Dr.-Ing.) at University of Duisburg-Essen/Germany in 2006 and has been appointed as lecturer for PLC at Technical University of Dresden (2007 and 2008) and at University of Duisburg-Essen since 2007. From 2001 till July 2008, he was working as Vice President Strategy and Regulatory Affairs for Power PLUS Communications AG, Mannheim/Germany. From 1991 till 2001, he was working for the Public Communication Network Group of Siemens AG in Munich.

photo Challenges in Delivering the Smart Grid

Stephen McArthur, University of Strathclyde, UK

Abstract: Renewable and distributed energy resources are expected to contribute to our climate change targets while providing a secure, economic and reliable supply of electricity. Technically, the electricity transmission and distribution networks need to accommodate generation and load pattern changes, while maintaining effective control of voltages, frequency, and power flows. Existing control solutions are not able to accommodate the changing generation, load and market environment, and therefore there is considerable interest in intelligent and decentralised control of electric power systems. At the same time, transmission and distribution companies wish to add greater levels of intelligent monitoring and self-healing capabilities to evolve towards a Smart Grid. The keynote will describe these challenges, and indicate how distributed intelligence, intelligent systems and multi-agent systems will be a platform upon which the control and management of future electric power systems will be achieved. The information and communications issues will be highlighted. Industrial examples of the use and deployment of distributed intelligence for network control applications, asset management and condition monitoring will be explored, while highlighting the research challenges underlying the delivery of autonomous, self-healing, electric power systems.

Bio: Stephen McArthur BEng (Hons) PhD CEng FIET SMIEEE, is a Professor of Intelligent Energy Systems at the University of Strathclyde. He is co-Director of the Institute for Energy and Environment within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. The Institute comprises 25 academics and over 160 full-time research students and staff. His main area of interest is intelligent system applications in power engineering covering active network management, smart grids, condition monitoring (including nuclear applications) and diagnostics. He is the Director of the EDF Energy Advanced Diagnostics Centre at Strathclyde and leads the Smart Grid programme within the recently announced UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council Energy Networks Hub. He is Chairman of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Subcommittee on Intelligent Systems and Chairman of the IEEE PES Working Group on Multi-Agent Systems.

photo Dynamic Spectrum Management in Wireline Networks

Marc Moonen, University of Leuven, Belgium

Abstract: In modern DSL networks, crosstalk among different lines is the major source of performance degradation. Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) refers to a set of signal en spectrum coordination techniques to mitigate the effect of crosstalk. DSM has lead to spectacular performance gains in specific DSL scenarios and is expected to be applicable in other scenarios and communications networks as well. In this talk we will focus on two recent DSM activities. First, while DSM has so far been focusing mainly on standard configurations (interference channel, multiple access channel and broadcast channel configurations), we will also focus on more complex 'mixed' configurations as well as MIMO-transmission based configurations, and devise DSM algorithms for these. Second, while DSM mainly aims at physical layer performance, we study upper layer performance by considering scheduling and DSM together. Optimal scheduling can then be combined with optimal DSM to provide throughput-optimal scheduling algorithms and to significantly improve overall delay performance.

Bio: Marc Moonen received the electrical engineering degree and the PhD degree in applied sciences from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Since 2004 he is a Full Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he is heading a research team working in the area of numerical algorithms and signal processing for digital communications, wireless communications, DSL and audio signal processing. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (2007). He received the 1994 K.U.Leuven Research Council Award, the 1997 Alcatel Bell (Belgium) Award (with Piet Vandaele), the 2004 Alcatel Bell (Belgium) Award (with Raphael Cendrillon), and was a 1997 "Laureate of the Belgium Royal Academy of Science". He received a journal best paper award from the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (with Geert Leus) and from Elsevier Signal Processing (with Simon Doclo). He was chairman of the IEEE Benelux Signal Processing Chapter (1998-2002), and is currently President of EURASIP (European Association for Signal, Speech and Image Processing) and a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Committee on Signal Processing for Communications. He has served as Editor-in-Chief for the "EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing'' (2003-2005), and has been a member of the editorial board of "IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II" (2002-2003) and "IEEE Signal Processing Magazine" (2003-2005). He is currently a member of the editorial board of "EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing'', "EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking'', and "Signal Processing".

photo An Overview to New PLC Applications and New Challenges

Kaveh Razazian, Maxim, USA

Abstract: Traditionally, it has been difficult to achieve fast and reliable communications in the severe conditions that characterize powerlines. With recent advances, powerline communications (PLC) technology provides the required performance and cost efficiency for medium- and low-voltage power grids. Today PLC is one of the enabling technologies for smart grid that is gaining market acceptance. As a result, new application areas are evolving such as automotive EV charging, lighting, HVAC, SCADA etc. in support of a complete and global smart energy management implementation. As such PLC must overcome many new challenges to adapt to these new applications. In this session we will go over the new requirements for these new smart grid applications and the technical challenges that must be addressed.

Bio: Kaveh Razazian is the senior Scientist in Power Line communication at Maxim Integrated Products, in charge of development of all existing and next generation digital power line chips. He has worked 15 years in data communication field. As a member of Home-Plug organization he has contributed to release of Version 1.0 standard in 2001 and 12 patents related to PLC, especially in techniques pertaining to BPL. In 2003, his design group introduced first generation of power line chip set delivering data up to 14 Mbps for projects such as BPL, home networking, home automation, industrial automation, and automatic meter reading (AMR). He is the lead architect of G3-PLC for next generation PLC products, enhancing the technology to new levels of performance.

photo Technologies Evolution for Smart Grid Applications

Alessandro Moscatelli, ST Microelectronics, Italy

Abstract:In response to the global climate change and the growing energy needs, relevant government initiatives are gradually requiring energy utilities worldwide to transform their traditional power infrastructure into smart grids. Having a reliable and widespread smart metering infrastructure able to measure and remotely manage the power consumed by the end user, whether residential, commercial or industrial, is essential for any smart grid evolution. The talk will address the most relevant Smart Metering and Smart Grid initiatives, the related communication standards and the most advanced technologies suitable for massive and future proof deployments.

Bio: Alessandro Moscatelli is Marketing Manager at STMicroelectronics in Milan (Italy), currently responsible for power line communication and metering products dedicated to a wide range of application segments including smart metering and smart grids. Graduated in applied physics at the University of Milan (Italy) in 1997, he started his career in STMicroelectronics R&D department, where he was in charge of radio frequency multi power technology developments before moving to product marketing management. He is also author of several patents and papers, related to semiconductor industry.

Panel Sessions

Panel 1: Smart Grid


Panel 2: Standardization



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