Moving the Smart Grid Forward: Perspectives for R&D


Chair: Saifur Rahman

Director of Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, USA

Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech where he is the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He is a vice president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) and a member-at-large of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee.

Currently, Dr. Rahman is serving as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE PES, and has lectured on smart grid, energy efficient lighting solutions, renewable energy, demand response, distributed generation and critical infrastructure protection topics in over 30 countries on all six continents.


Panel Abstract

Finding the right directions of research and development can very much facilitate the transition to a renewable energy supply via smart grid technology. In this context, it is of interest to consider the international dimension of the involved challenges. In this panel, experts from industry, science and government present thematic priorities for future R&D. With contributions from Europe, China, and the USA, a comprehensive international view on smart grid R&D perspectives is created. This panel is established in cooperation with the German Federal Department of Economics and Technology.




Arne Höll (German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany)


Hubert Lemmens (Elia, Belgium)


  • The Smart Grid Vision and Strategy of the European Institute of Technology EIT ICT Labs

Ariane Sutor (Siemens, Germany)


Miroslav Begovic (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)


Hongbin Sun (Tsinghua University, China)