Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Call for Papers: WCCI 2014 Workshop "Computational Energy Management in Smart Grids"

The International Workshop on Computational Energy Management in Smart Grids (CEMiSG 2014) will be held on July 6th, 2014 in Beijing, China as inside the 2014 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2014). The Workshop is oriented to explore the new frontiers and challenges within the Computational Intelligence research area, including in particular Neural Networks, Evolutionary Computation and Soft Computing based solutions, for the optimal usage and management of energy resources in Smart Grid applicable scenarios. The Workshop will be a proficient discussion table within the WCCI conference, which attracts the most famous researchers in the Computational Intelligence field worldwide.


  • Derong Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Stefano Squartini, Universit√† Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
  • Francesco Piazza, Universit√† Politecnica delle Marche , Italy
  • Dongbin Zhao, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Haibo He, University of Rhode Island, USA


As the world population increases, the sustainable usage of natural resources becomes an issue that humanity and technology are urgently asked to face. Energy represents a relevant example from this perspective and the strong demand coming from developed and developing countries shoved the scientists worldwide to intensify their studies on renewable energy resources. At the same time, due to the increasing complexity of MV and LV distribution grids on which distributed electrical generators based on renewables have to be included, a growing interest has been oriented to the development of smart systems able to optimally manage the usage and the distribution of energy among the population with the objective of minimizing wasting and the economic impact even at family consumption level. This yielded in a flourishing scientific literature on sophisticated algorithms and systems aimed at introducing intelligence within the energy grid, with also several effective solutions already available in the market. The task is surely challenging and multi-faceted. Indeed the different needs of the heterogeneous grid costumers and the different peculiarities of energy sources to be included in the grid itself have to be taken into account. Moreover several ways of intervention are feasible, as the ones indicated in the US Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 as reference: self-healing capability, fault-tolerance on resisting attack, integration of all energy generation and storage, dynamic optimization of grid operation and resources with full cyber-security, incorporation of demand-response, demand-side resources and energy-efficient resources, actively client participation in the grid operations by providing timely information and control options, improvement of reliability, power quality, security and efficiency of the electricity infrastructure.

A multi-disciplinary coordinated action is required to the scientific communities operating in the Electrical and Electronic engineering, Computational Intelligence, Digital Signal Processing and Telecommunications research fields to provide adequate technological solutions to these issues having in mind the more and more stringent constraints we have to consider in terms of environment sustainability. In particular, the organizers of this Workshop wants to explore the new frontiers and challenges within the Computational Intelligence research area, including in particular Neural Networks, Evolutionary Computation and Soft Computing based solutions, for the optimal usage and management of energy resources in Smart Grid applicative scenarios.


Workshop topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Smart Home Energy Management
  • Computational Intelligence for Smart Grids
  • Learning Systems for Smart Grid Optimization Tasks
  • Neural Networks based algorithms for Complex Energy Systems
  • Evolutionary Algorithms in Energy Applications
  • Soft Computing in Renewable Energy Systems
  • Energy Resource and Task Scheduling
  • Building Energy Consumption Forecasting
  • Demand-side Management
  • Short-term Load Forecasting
  • Neural Networks for Time Series Prediction in Smart Grid Applications
  • Non-intrusive Electrical Load Analysis
  • Hybrid Battery Management
  • Brain inspired algorithms for Energy Efficiency


  • Pietro Burrascano, University of Terni, Italy
  • Zhaohui Hu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Robert John, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Elias Kyriadikes, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Andrew Kusiak, University of Iowa, USA
  • Chengdong Li,  Shandong Jianzhu University, China
  • Kang Li, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  • Honghai Liu, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Sauro Longhi, Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy
  • Danilo Mandic, Imperial College, UK
  • Stephen G. Matthews, University of Bristol, UK
  • Michael Negnevitsky, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Peter Palensky, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Dianwei Qian, North China Electric Power University, China
  • Wei Qiao, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, USA
  • Manuel Roveri, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
  • Pierluigi Siano, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Gerard Smit, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Dipti Srinivasan, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Zita Vale, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal
  • Qinglai Wei, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Jinyu Wen, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers according to the IEEE format. All submissions should be according to the specifications of the IEEE WCCI 2014. Manuscripts will be submitted through the IEEE WCCI 2014 paper submission website and will be subject to the same peer-review review procedure as the IEEE WCCI2014 regular papers. Accepted contributions will be part of the IJCNN conference proceedings, which will be available in IEEE Xplore. A Special Issue of the Neurocomputing journal (IF: 1.634) is also foreseen.


  • Submission deadline: December 20, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2014
  • Camera-ready deadline: April 15, 2014
  • Workshop date: July 5, 2014

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