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Control of Complex Systems: An Integrated Perspective on Modern Power Grid Control

Monday and Tuesday, May 22-23, 2017

2017 American Control Conference
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Seattle, Washington

Organized by the PNNL Control of Complex Systems Initiative


Two "lightning round" sessions will take place at the end of each day of the workshop. These are designed as forums for workshop attendees to present recent/ongoing work in a short presentation (10 min+5 min for questions). Those who are interested in this opportunity are requested to e-mail a title and half-page abstract to and  by May 6, 2017, for consideration.

About the Workshop

Control of Complex Systems Initiative

The Control of Complex Systems workshop series brings together leading researchers in the control community, U.S. Department of Energy stakeholders, professors, students, grid regulators, utility researchers and managers, engineers, and other industry representatives to discuss the technical obstacles and potential solutions to unlock the true potential of next generation power grids. This third workshop in the series (first to be held as an ACC Workshop) focuses on the following technical areas, and the interactions among them, as they relate to modernizing the grid:

  • Dynamics and Control
  • Analytics and Optimization
  • Economics and Market Design.

The workshop will serve as a forum for connecting the research community with real-world problems and specific technical challenges on the power grid transformation pathway toward highly integrated, maximally efficient, reliable, and secure operation. Control and decision-making theory and applications relevant to all aspects of power grid operation are within scope, ranging from the bulk power system down to end-point resources including distributed generation, energy storage systems, and residential and commercial buildings.

The workshop is designed to be accessible by a broad controls audience, and will include tutorial sessions covering the three technical areas. The tutorials will orient participants and be particularly useful for beginning graduate students and researchers interested in working in the area of control for power systems. It also features presentations by both industry and academic researchers discussing challenges and opportunities for applying advanced controls, analytics, and optimization to future power grids. The talks will provide a balance of theoretical and applied research and linkages to driving power grid needs.



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