Sydney wins!

[3 February 2015]

The International Steering Committee has advised that Sydney, Australia has won the rights to host the 7th IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm 2016).

George Maltabarow, General Chair of the Local Organising Committee, said the conference will bring together researchers and practitioners from around the world who are developing Information and Communication technology for the Intelligent Grid.

“We have put together a highly competent and diverse organising team representing the key industry and research organisations in Australia in the field of smart grid research and development. These include the CSIRO and NICTA, and key universities in Australia as well as Hong Kong, mainland China, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, France, USA, Canada, Korea and India. We have also obtained the support of the Federal government’s Department of Industry for this purpose.”

“Professor Joe Dong and his colleagues at the University of Sydney were key stakeholders and participants during the recently completed Smart Grid Smart City project. This work has and will continue to be of great use to network businesses, providing valuable data and analysis that can help those businesses improve system reliability and security; manage peak demand in a more cost effective way; support the integration of distributed generation and intermittent renewable energy sources; and better manage consumer interactions,” said Martin Hoffman, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Industry.

We have received industry support from ABB, GridNet, IBM, Itron, Landis + Gyr, SAS Institute and TransGrid.

“Landis+Gyr’s current product portfolio has been established based on the IEEE standards. Landis+Gyr’s Asia Pacific Research & Development is headquartered in Sydney. It is from our Sydney based center that our engineering capabilities exist. To this extent, an exhibition held in Sydney will enable our R&D engineers to participate and contribute to the wider audiences on IEEE interoperability strengths based on their experiences and lessons learnt,” said Steve Jeston, CEO, ANZ, Landis + Gyr.

The IEEE Communications Society (USA) is the technical and financial sponsor of the conference. The conference is expected to attract a network of 300 engineers and academics over three days and is estimated to be worth under $1 million to the local economy.

Sydney is Australia’s largest and most famous city. It’s home to beautiful beaches, iconic buildings, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants, and a vibrant culture. From the breathtaking views from the summit of Sydney Harbour to the tranquility of Hyde Park, Sydney has something for everyone.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Sydney and making IEEE SmartGridComm 2016 an inspiring experience.