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

Bridging the Proof-of-Concept to Production Gap in Smart Grid Applications

A workshop organised in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grids, 2023.

The workshop welcomes contributions from researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, network operators, and service providers who are involved in building proof-of-concept (PoC) solutions and/or integrating those to energy systems, particularly smart grids. The primary objective of the workshop is to foster discussions, exchange ideas and build a community aimed at creating high quality PoCs that bridge the gap between a PoC stage and production in smart grid applications.

To determine the suitability of your work for this workshop, please refer to the scope of the workshop section. If in doubt, do not hesitate to contact the workshop organisers for guidance. Submission of technical papers (up to 6 pages, 2 column IEEE style) should be made through EDAS, using the provided link on the SmartGridComm conference website.


Important dates

  • Paper submission deadline: 15 July, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 August, 2023
  • Submission of camera-ready papers: 9 September, 2023
  • Workshop date: One day TBC between 31 Oct – 3 Nov, 2023


Scope of the workshop

There is a wealth of academic literature dedicated to smart grid applications, showcasing exciting breakthroughs. Despite these advances, the unfortunate reality is that most of the advances remain confined to conferences and journals. Why is that the majority of the academic research fails to make a tangible impact in the real world? A contributing factor is the gap that exists between the proof-of-concept stage and production, where a PoC can be taken to a stage in which it can be deployed. While not all PoCs can lead to production, there is value in developing good quality PoCs that can be easily tested, shared and communicated for their suitability for an application.

Producing a successful proof of concept (PoC) is a crucial step in designing and developing a new solution for smart grids. It involves testing a novel idea, demonstrating its capabilities, and identifying its limitations. By investing in a PoC, one can test the worthiness of an idea without committing significant resources towards a more comprehensive implementation. This is of particular importance for smart grid applications that are expected to run in critical network infrastructures like real-time operation of a power network.

This workshop invites papers on the topics of building PoCs, development and application of ideas on test networks as well as on real-world systems in the context of smart grids. The workshop is organised in two parts: the first part consists of presentation of accepted papers and the second part is a facilitated discussion along with a hands-on training on the topics of building robust PoCs, testing and determining quality of PoCs for their suitability for an application, and the steps involved in the production.


Topics of interest

  • The workshop will focus on (but is not limited to) the following topics:
  • Optimisation models for operational and planning problems in Smart Grids
  • Best practices of developing proof-of-concepts, prototypes and pilots
  • Case studies of delivering production ready tools for the energy industry
  • Decision support systems for complex systems
  • Decision support tools used within energy industry
  • Big data analytics for smart grid applications
  • Novel PoCs in areas of Digital Twins and IoT with smart grid applications
  • Tools for visualisation of big data
  • Forecasting and predictive modelling
  • Advances in data management and data processing applications
  • Use of innovative tools in smart grids including Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Case studies of models, systems, or applications that have informed policy and/or regulation
  • Case studies of models, systems, or applications implemented in industrial processes



  • Dr Andrei Bejan, Principal Optimisation Consultant, Wipro Ltd and Optimisation Delivery Lead for National Grid ESO Balancing Transformation Programme.
  • Dr Waqquas Bukhsh, National Grid ESO Lecturer in Advanced Optimisation and Decision Support for Power Systems.