Smart Grid & Smart City

SMC Workshop

IEEE SMC Workshop on Smart Grid and Smart Cities

October 7, Banff, Canada

Chair: Mr. Chun Sing Lai (


1.30 – 2.15 pm    Keynote Speech #1

2.15 – 3.00 pm    Keynote Speech #2


Introduction to the Workshop

The Background:

IEEE SMC Society is one of the sponsors for both the IEEE Smart Grid and IEEE Smart Cities


As a result of information technology advanced and its deep integration with the electric power industry, smart grid forms a solid foundation to build smart city. Meanwhile, the construction of smart city will also greatly stimulate the enormous potential of smart grid. City managers must be fully aware of the potential of the smart grid, so that the smart urban construction can play an important role. It is expected that with the continuous advancement of technology, smart grid and smart city construction will mutually promote and facilitate each other.

Electricity consumption and electricity load are a true reflection of the socio-economic health of a city. The selection of data mining technology to analyze the mass amount of data from smart grid to support decision making for the government to effectively reduce operating costs and improve operational efficiency of smart city will be one of the big issues.

The following points will be highlighted in the two keynotes:

  • Two demonstration projects of smart grid in China, including its main techniques involved, testing, and operation practice will be shared.
  • The potential impact of Time of Use rate structure on the consumption pattern of the residential customers will be discussed.
  • Important elements for a smart grid and smart city such as Feeder taxonomy, electric vehicles, customer side management, distributed generation and energy storage included in an Australian demonstration project will be looked at.
  • A deterministic approach for sizing a solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage system (ESS) with Anaerobic digestion (AD) biogas power plant (BPP) to meet load demand will be presented. This aims to maximize the sizing of PV as to follow the future trend of high penetration of PV. Practical example will be used to demonstrate the validity of the new approach.
  • The speakers will also present recent work on standards, recommendations and guidelines applied to smart grid for smart city worldwide.


Loi Lei Lai received the BSc (first class Hons., the only one) degree in electrical and electronic engineering and the PhD degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Aston, Birmingham, UK in 1980 and 1984 respectively, and the DSc degree in electrical, electronic, and information engineering from City, University of London, UK in 2005.

Currently, he is University Distinguished Professor at the Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China. He was Director of the Research and Development Centre, Beijing, China, the Pao Yue Kong Chair Professor, the Vice President and Professor and Chair in Electrical Engineering for the State Grid Energy Research Institute, Beijing, China; Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China; IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (IEEE/SMCS), USA; and City, University of London, respectively. He conducted high-level consultancy for major international projects such as the Channel Tunnel between UK and France. His research interests are in smart grid, clean energy, and computational intelligence applications in power engineering. Dr Lai is a Fellow of IEEE, IET, Distinguished Expert in State Grid Corporation of China, National Distinguished Expert in China, Member of IEEE Smart Grid Steering Committee, Member of IEEE Smart City Steering Committee and IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Fellow Evaluation Committee evaluator. He was the recipient of an IEEE Third Millennium Medal, IEEE Power and Energy Society (IEEE/PES) Power Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award in 2000, IEEE/PES Energy Development and Power Generation Committee Prize Paper in 2006 and 2009, People of the 2012 Scientific Chinese Prize, IEEE/SMCS Outstanding Contribution Award in 2013 and 2014, and is listed in the honour list of the 2014 the Thousand Talents Plan, China.

Chun Sing Lai was born in Staffordshire, UK. He received his BEng (1st Class Hons.) degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Brunel University London, UK in 2013. He is currently completing his DPhil degree in engineering science at the University of Oxford, UK and is also a research associate at the School of Automation, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China. He is chair of the IEEE Student Branch and IEEE Power & Energy Society Student Branch Chapter at University of Oxford. He was a recipient of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC) 2014 student travel grant. He is a visiting PhD student at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China. He reviews papers regularly for journals such as IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man & Cybernetics: Systems. His current interests are in data analytics and energy economics for renewable energy and storage systems.

In 2017, he has published papers in the following journals, namely, Applied Energy, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution and Electric Power Components and Systems.


IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Intelligent Power and Energy Systems

IEEE Smart Grid

IEEE Smart Cities

Financial Support:

Department of Financial and Education of Guangdong Province 2016[202]: Key Discipline Construction Programme