Important Dates
Paper submission: Now closed
Paper decisions: 8 Aug 2016
Final submission: 5 Sep 2016
12 Sep 2016
Registration: Now open
Early-bird closes: 12 Sep 2016
Tutorials: 28 Nov 2016
Conference: 29 Nov -
1 Dec 2016
Title: The Role of Energy Storage in Enabling the Future Smart Grid
– Academia View
Session type: Invited Panel Session
Proposed by: Dr. Julian de Hoog, IBM Research Australia
Date and time: Wednesday, November 30, 16:30-18:00
Location: Room 103

This is part two of a two-part series of panels being proposed, both on the topic of energy storage. This proposal covers speakers from academia.

Energy storage is seen by many as the next big change facing many global electricity systems, and Australia will see some of the earliest adoption. Moving beyond the burgeoning enthusiasm associated with energy storage technologies, there is a critical need to understand not just the benefits that energy storage may offer, but also the very real economic, regulatory, safety and technical challenges that lie ahead.

This session will bring together researchers from Universities around the world that have been involved in University-led energy storage research projects and initiatives. The speakers will share the experiences and insights gained during the course of these projects.

SylvieThiebaux Sylvie Thiebaux
Australian National University
“Coordinating Consumer-Owned Batteries to Provide Network Support”

Prof. Sylvie Thiebaux is a professor of Computer Science at the Australian National University and Data61. Her research interests are in automated planning, scheduling and optimisation, and their application to demand response, power systems planning and operations, and residential and building energy management. She leads the ARENA CONSORT project which is developing an innovative automated control platform and payment structures that enable consumers with PV-battery systems to support to a constrained electricity network and be fairly rewarded for their efforts. Sylvie holds a PhD from the University of Rennes, France. Before joining the ANU, she held research appointments with the national research centers INRIA in France and CSIRO in Australia. In the recent past she was the director of NICTA’s Canberra Laboratories, home to 150 researchers and PhD students.

LuisOchoa Luis Nando Ochoa
University of Manchester, UK
“On The Role of Residential Storage in PV-Rich Distribution Networks”

Dr Luis(Nando) Ochoa is Senior Lecturer in Smart Distribution Networks at The University of Manchester, UK. His expertise in network integration of low carbon technologies and his extensive portfolio of industrial and academic projects in the UK and abroad has led to 110+ publications, 40+ technical reports, and one patent filed by Psymetrix Ltd. His work currently has 1,100+ citations in Scopus and a H-index of 17. Dr Ochoa is an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer and has also several leadership roles within IEEE PES, including Member-At-Large of the Governing Board, Chair of the Modern and Future Distribution System Planning WG, and Chair of the Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Europe Steering Committee. He is also a Member of the European Technology Platform (ETP) SmartGrids. Dr Ochoa is an IEEE Senior Member since 2012. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from UNI (Peru), and a Research MSc and a PhD in Electrical Power Engineering, both from UNESP Ilha Solteira (Brazil). He is also a Visiting Professor at UNICAMP (Brazil) since 2014 and at The University of Melbourne (Australia) since 2016.

SarvapaliRamchurn Sarvapali Ramchurn
University of Southampton, UK
“Human-Agent Interaction in Smart Energy Systems”

Dr. Sarvapali Ramchurn is an Associate Professor in the Agents, Interaction, and Complexity research group where he carries out research into the design of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems for real-world socio-technical applications including energy systems, disaster management, and crowdsourcing. His work on the ORCHID project won multiple awards (Best student paper & Best Applications Paper at AAMAS). He works closely with industry and his research touches on a number of fields including Multi-Agent Systems, Machine Learning, Data Science, and Game Theory. Specifically, he has pioneered the development of agent-based coordination algorithms for distributed task allocation that have been deployed on real-world unmanned aerial vehicles and in the Premier League’s Fantasy Football game where his approach has been shown to outperform more than 2M human players. His papers have been cited more than 2000 times (according to Google scholar) and his work has featured in various media including BBC News, New Scientist, EPSRC Pioneer, and Wired.

TansuAlpcan Tansu Alpcan
The University of Melbourne, Australia
“The impact of storage on energy markets”

A/Prof. Tansu Alpcan received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1998. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and 2006, respectively. His research involves applications of distributed decision making, game theory, optimization, and control to various security and resource allocation problems in networked and energy systems. His current research interests include security, demand management, energy markets, and risk management in power systems. He is recipient of multiple research and best paper awards from UIUC and IEEE and is a Senior Member of IEEE. He has played a role in organization of several workshops and conferences such as IEEE Infocom, ICC, GameComm, and GameSec as TPC member, associate editor, co-chair, chair, and steering board member. He is the (co-)author of more than 150 journal and conference articles, two edited volumes, as well as the book “Network Security: A Decision and Game Theoretic Approach” published by the Cambridge University Press in 2011. He has worked as a senior research scientist in Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Berlin, Germany, between 2006-2009, and as Assistant Professor in Technical University of Berlin from 2009 until 2011. He has been with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne since 2011, currently as Associate Professor and Reader.

pavolbauer Pavol Bauer
Delft University of Technology
“How direct will the future electricity be?”

Pavol Bauer is currently a full Professor with the Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy 0f Delft University of Technology and head of DC Systems, Energy Conversion and Storage group. He published over 72 journal and almost 300 conference papers in his field (with H factor Google scholar 30, Web of science 17), he is an author or co-author of 8 books, holds 4 international patents and organized several tutorials at the international conferences. I have worked on many projects for industry concerning wind and wave energy, power electronic applications for power systems such as Smarttrafo; HVDC systems, projects for smart cities such as PV charging of electric vehicles, PV and storage integration, contactless charging; and he participated in several Leonardo da Vinci and H2020 EU projects as project partner (ELINA, INETELE, E-Pragmatic) and coordinator (, SustEner, Eranet DCMicro). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, former chairman of Benelux IEEE Joint Industry Applications Society, Power Electronics and Power Engineering Society chapter, member of the Power Electronics and Motion Control (PEMC) council, member of the Executive Committee of European Power Electronics Association (EPE) and also member of international steering committee at numerous conferences.