The classic approach to the control of medium and low voltage electrical distribution networks involves a combination of both frequency and voltage controls at different timescales. With the increased penetration of stochastic renewable resources, distributed generationanddemand response, it shows severe limitations both in the optimal/safe operationof these networks as well as in aggregating the network resources for upper-layerpower systems. To overcome this difficulty, new methods in the monitoring operation and control need to be defined and suitably validated.In this context, the keynote discusses a radically-different controlphilosophy, which enables low and medium voltage distribution networks as well asand their resources to directly communicate with each other in order to define explicitreal-time setpoints for active/reactive power absorptions or injections. The control framework adopts the concept of explicit control of power flows and voltage, combined with a recursive abstraction framework. The framework is composable, i.e. subsystems can beaggregated into abstract models that hide most of their internal complexity. Application examples are illustrated in the keynote as validation case studies.


Prof. Mario Paolone received the M.Sc. (with honors) and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1998 and 2002, respectively.In 2005, he was appointed assistant professor in power systems at the University of Bologna where he was with the Power Systems laboratory until 2011.In 2010, he received the Associate Professor eligibility from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Currently, he is Associate Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, Chair of the Distributed Electrical Systems laboratory and Head of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) FURIES (Future Swiss Electrical infrastructure). He was co-chairperson of the technical program committees of the 9th edition of the International Conference of Power Systems Transients (IPST 2009) and of the 2016 Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC 2016). He is the Chair of the technical program committeeof the 2018 Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC 2018). In 2013, he was the recipient of the IEEE EMC Society Technical Achievement Award. He was co-author of several papers that received the following awards: in 2014 best paper award at the 13th International Conference on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems, Durham, UK, in 2013 Basil Papadias best paper award at the 2013 IEEE PowerTech, Grenoble, France, in 2008 best paper award at the International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC).He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks. His research interests are in power systems with particular reference to real-time monitoring and operation, power system protections, power systems dynamics and power system transients. Mario Paolone is author or coauthor of over 220 scientific papers published in reviewed journals and international conferences.

Previous editions

ICEIT 2016, May 5-7, Tangier Morocco
ICEIT 2015, March 25-27, Marrakech Morocco

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April 20,2017
May 20,2017
June 10,2017
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July 20,2017

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