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Fourth Annual Carnegie Mellon Conference on the Electricity Industry


Submit abstracts
or questions to:
Professor Marija Ilic
Depts. of Electrical &
Computer Engineering and
Engineering & Public Policy
 Professor Lester Lave
University Professor
and J. Higgins Chair
Tepper School of Business

January 31, 2008
Abstracts due
February 15, 2008
Notice of paper acceptance
March 1, 2008
Submit presentations and/or electronic versions of papers


Day 1: The Key Role of Cyber-Physical Systems
Day 2: New Directions in Engineering, Economics, & Policy Concepts

This year, we have expanded the scope of the conference to emphasize the evolving future energy system architectures as driven by economic, technological, and policy forces. We view such systems
as intertwined cyber-physical interconnections networks of many non-uniform components, such as diverse sources and different classes of energy users, each equipped with their own cyber functions. We particularly seek contributions concerning the transformation of the grid to enable broader goals of sustainable energy, environment, and appropriate reliability. New modeling, analysis, and design tools are needed to enable the electric power grid operators, planners, and other decision makers to serve these goals.

Our second theme welcomes innovative ideas concerning engineering, economics, and policy aspects of future energy systems. As in past conferences, we seek contributions that advance the frontiers of theoretical and applied knowledge, particularly ones that address current systems problems.

We invite you to participate in this forum intended to rethink the fundamentals of how to deliver electricity and other forms of energy. Radical change will be needed to transform today’s energy delivery systems into the future cyber-physical energy systems capable of meeting diverse objectives such as efficiency, differentiated reliability, environmental quality, and sustainability. Instead of “one size fits all,” the system will have to provide for individual choice at differentiated prices to accommodate consumer preferences among these goals.