University of Groningen
Keynote title : EmPowering the Power Grid through ICT
The Smart Power Grid promises to not only provide for a more reliable distribution infrastructure, but also give the end-users better pricing, information, and freedom. The promise is fueled by a pervasive digitalization of the energy production and distribution network that will finally involve both utilities, governments, and end-users. The real advantages of the smart grid will be available to all, only if the physical infrastructure of energy distribution is supported by adequate information systems. In this talk, I will review the current state and possible evolutions of the power grid, I will point to the data that future information systems will need to manage and, finally, indicate possible uses for such information.
Marco Aiello is Full Professor of Distributed Systems at the Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Member of Energy Academy Europe, he focuses on ICT research related to Smart Grids and in particular on the low voltage distribution network and on buildings connected to it. Prior to joining the University of Groningen he was a Lise Meitner fellow at the Technical University of Vienna (Austria) from which he obtained the habilitation. Before he has been assistant professor at the University of Trento (Italy). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam (2002) and a degree in Computer Engineering cum Laude from the University of Rome, La Sapienza (1997). More information is available at www.cs.rug.nl/~aiellom and www.distributedsystems.nl.