IEEE International Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grids
25-28 October 2021 // Aachen, Germany
Hybrid: In-Person and Virtual Conference

Game Changer Roundtables

The Game Changer Roundtables is a new format that we plan to experiment at SmartGridComm 2021. Considering the current rapid evolution of the energy sectors and, at the same time, the compelling needs related to the climate change, these sections are intended to be a forum of discussion in which experts will debate some of the driving factors that are expected to have a large impact in this transformation process.

For this edition we identified the following game changers:

  • 5G technology
  • Open Source for energy
  • Regulation

The experts will open the session with an impulse statement and then the most of the time will be dedicated to an open and possibly provocative discussion.

5G Technology – organized by Dr. Fiona Williams, Ericsson

5G is supposed to bring huge innovation in many sectors transforming our idea of connectivity. Will be the case for energy? What is the expected role of 5G in energy? Do we have clear use cases?

Open Source for Energy – organized by Prof. Antonello Monti, RWTH Aachen University

Many sectors learned that open source can drive a fast process of innovation. Do we see the conditions for the same process in the energy sector? The Linux Foundation Energy is a concrete step in this direction. What is going to be impact? Is the sector ready for this new mindset?

Regulation – organized by Prof. Adrian Ionescu, EPFL

There is no doubt about the interplay between energy and ICT but there is also a huge risk that more ICT in support of energy could bring to unsustainable consumptions. It is necessary a suitable cooperation and also the proper regulation scenario. How do we get there?