IEEE International Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grids
31 October – 3 November 2023 // Glasgow, Scotland




Enabling Next-Generation Power Systems: A Panel Discussion on Power Systems Digital Twin Abstract: In today’s rapidly evolving energy landscape, the integration of advanced technologies is reshaping the way power systems are planned, operated, and maintained. The concept of “Power Systems Digital Twin” has emerged as a transformative approach, leveraging cutting-edge digital simulation and modeling techniques to enhance the efficiency, reliability, and sustainability of power networks. This proposed panel for IEEE SmartGridComm 2023 aims to delve into the intricacies of Power Systems Digital Twin and its profound implications for the future of smart grids and energy management.

The panel discussion will bring together distinguished experts from Hydro-Québec Research Institute (IREQ) and Opal-RT, industry leaders renowned for their pioneering contributions to power systems innovation.

Key Focus Areas:

1. Introduction to Power Systems Digital Twin: Delve into the fundamentals of Power Systems Digital Twin, exploring how it enables real-time monitoring, predictive analytics, and informed decision-making for power networks.

2. Advanced Modeling and Simulation Techniques: Uncover the state-of-the-art modeling and simulation methodologies employed in creating accurate digital replicas of power systems, facilitating virtual testing of grid scenarios and optimization strategies.

3. Enhancing Grid Resilience and Reliability: Discuss how Power Systems Digital Twin empowers grid operators to anticipate and mitigate potential disruptions, contributing to improved resilience and reliability in the face of uncertainties and challenges.

4. Optimizing Asset Management and Maintenance: Explore how digital twin technologies offer insights into the health and performance of grid components, optimizing asset management and enabling predictive maintenance strategies.

5. Integration with Emerging Technologies: Examine the synergy between Power Systems Digital Twin and emerging technologies like AI, IoT, and blockchain, and explore how their convergence amplifies the capabilities of digital twin systems.

6. Challenges and Future Prospects: Address the technical, regulatory, and operational challenges in implementing Power Systems Digital Twin on a broader scale, while envisioning its role in shaping the future of smart grid communication.

Through this panel, attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the transformative potential of Power Systems Digital Twin, its applications across the energy sector, and the collaborative efforts of industry leaders towards its realization. The insights shared by the panelists will foster a deeper appreciation of the synergies between research, innovation, and practical deployment in redefining the landscape of modern power systems.

We anticipate that this discussion will not only contribute to advancing the understanding of Power Systems Digital Twin but also inspire further research, development, and collaboration in the pursuit of a sustainable and resilient energy future.

Panelists: 1. Dr. Seyed Masoud Mohseni-Bonab, Hydro-Québec Research Institute (IREQ),

Bio: Seyed Masoud Mohseni-Bonab is a highly accomplished electrical engineer specializing in power systems. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He obtained his B.Sc. from Tabriz University, Iran, in 2010, followed by an M.Sc. from the University of Zanjan, Iran, in 2014, and a Ph.D. from Laval University, Canada, in 2020, all in electrical engineering. Currently, he works as a research scientist in the digital systems department at Hydro-Québec Research Institute (IREQ), where he collaborates on various industrial projects. Additionally, he holds the position of Adjunct Professor at Laval University, supervising graduate students in industrial projects aligned with IREQ's needs. He also collaborates on several grants with academic teams at Laval University. Masoud has served on the editorial boards of EPSR, Springer Electrical Engineering, and other renowned publications. He has received the prestigious IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution 2019 Premium award. His impressive body of scholarly work includes numerous published papers in esteemed scientific journals and presentations at international conferences. His research focuses on power systems, smart grids, and the integration of renewable energy resources, with a particular emphasis on their operation, security, and economy.

2. Dr. Aditya Ashok, Opal-RT,

Bio: Dr. Aditya Ashok is the Director of Energy Systems at OPAL-RT Corporation and is responsible for managing their R&D projects in the US as well as for collaborating with various energy sector stakeholders including national labs, universities, vendors, and utilities to pursue new research funding opportunities. Prior to joining OPAL-RT Corporation in March 2023, he was a Senior Research Engineer and a Team leader in the Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA (Feb. 2016 – Feb. 2023). Aditya received his doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University in May 2017. His research interests include leveraging high-fidelity, real-time simulation with hardware in the loop to develop, refine, and validate resilient controls and protection algorithms for power electronics-based distributed energy resources in the grid, development of cyber-physical testbeds for smart grid studies, smart grid cybersecurity, and cyber-physical situational awareness to name a few. He is a senior member of IEEE, an active member of IEEE Power System Communications and Cybersecurity Committee (PSCCC) and a reviewer for several top-tier IEEE journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.

3. Prof. Campbell Booth, University of Strathclyde,

Bio: Campbell Booth is currently a Professor and the Vice Dean of Research at Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde. His research interests include power system protection; plant condition monitoring and intelligent asset management; applications of intelligent system techniques to power system monitoring, protection, and control; knowledge management; and decision support systems





Innovating Securely While Maintaining Reliability in a Changing Energy Landscape Abstract: As we move towards net zero, new standards are required. Smart grids have to introduce a lot of new functionality to deliver the goal of efficiently using existing assets and minimising the need for new assets, while distributed generation and demand response increases the number of devices under control. This will introduce new stakeholders into energy distribution networks, as well as novel business models. However, the reliability of the grid must be paramount. 
As an example of this innovation and the tensions it involves, Ofgem and the ENA Open Networks Program have been looking at the provision of flexibility services in the UK. The goal is to make it easy for new, non-traditional suppliers to enter the market and so drive down costs and improve supply. However, it has also highlighted the cultural differences between Distribution Network Operators, existing flexibility service providers, aggregators and new players who may be able to offer solutions in this space. This panel will discuss the results of work by the ENA and PNDC on technical options, and focus in particular on how security and resilience can be maintained as new standards are developed.


Panelists: 1. Tim Manandhar from UK Power Networks

2. Greig Paul form the University of Strathclyde

3. Flo Silver from Smarter Grid Solutions

4. Tania Wallis form the University of Glasgow


Date: November 3, 2023 Time: 9:00 AM - 1:30 AM 
Location: Auditorium B, Technology Innovation Centre
Panel Moderator: James Irvine from the Power Networks Demonstration Centre at the University of Strathclyde