Workshop on Evolutionary Algorithms for Smart Grids (SmartEA)
at ​GECCO 2017 in Berlin, July 15th-19th 2017

Call for submissions as PDF

Description and Topics

Sustainability is of great importance due to increasing demands and limited resources worldwide. In particular, in the field of energy production and consumption, methods are required that allow to phase generation and load efficiently. The vast extension of renewable and distributed energy sources and the growing information infrastructure enable a fine screening of producers and consumers, but require the development of tools for the analysis and understanding of large datasets about the energy grid. Key technologies in future ecological, economical and reliable energy systems are energy prediction of renewable resources, prediction of consumption as well as efficient planning and control strategies for network stability.

To enable financially and ecologically viable projects, optimization methods have taken over a key role for planning, optimizing and forecasting sustainable systems. Typically, these approaches make use of domain knowledge in order to achieve the required goal. Even in the case that explicit domain knowledge is not available, specialized methods can also handle large raw numerical sensory data directly, process them, generate reliable and just-in-time responses, and have high fault tolerance.

The main goal of this workshop is to promote the research on evolutionary algorithms in smart grids. We are seeking innovative research articles including, but not limited to the following areas:

Submitted work should put an emphasis on modeling of solution spaces, on finding optimal representations and operators for evolutionary algorithms, and on employing and developing advanced evolutionary heuristics, e.g., for step size control, constraint handling, dynamic solution spaces, and multiple conflictive objectives.

Important Dates

Submission Guidelines

We invite submissions of two types of paper:

We encourage authors to submit early and in-progress work. The workshop emphasises interaction and discussion.

All papers should be in ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) format. Please see GECCO 2017 for details. Papers should not be anonymised. All papers should be submitted in PDF format to Paul Kaufmann. All accepted papers will will appear in the GECCO workshop volume.


The workshop will take place on Sunday, July 16, 14:00-18:00, Bernstein

Start Stop Title Speaker
14:00 14:22 Optimizing Booster Stations Jonas Weber
14:22 14:44 Differential Evolution Strategies for Fernando Lezama
    Large-Scale Energy Resource Management in Smart Grids  
14:44 15:06 Restoration of Power Distribution Networks - A Fast Eduardo G. Carrano
    Evolutionary Approach based on Practical Perspectives  
15:06 15:28 Evolving Multi-Objective Neural Networks using Diffe- Karl Mason
    rential Evolution for Dynamic Economic Emission Dispatch  
15:28 15:50 Towards Coding Strategies for Forecasting-Based W. Jakob
    Scheduling in Smart Grids and the Energy Lab 2.0  
15:50 16:10 coffee break  
16:10 16:40 Power distribution network restoration: Eduardo G. Carrano
    Challenges and perspectives  
16:40 17:50 Panel discussion organizers
17:50 18:00 workshop closing organizers

Technical Program Committee



Oliver Kramer, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany

Oliver Kramer is Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor) for Computational Intelligence at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. His main research interests are machine learning, evolutionary optimization, and their application to real-world domains. He received a PhD from the University of Paderborn, Germany, in 2008. After a postdoc stay at the TU Dortmund, Germany, from 2007 to 2009, and the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley (USA) in 2010, he became Juniorprofessor at the Bauhaus University Weimar, later Juniorprofessor at the Department of Computing Science at the University of Oldenburg, where he finished his habilitation in 2013.

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Markus Wagner, University of Adelaide, Australia

Markus Wagner is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide, Australia. He has done his PhD studies at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbruecken, Germany and at the University of Adelaide, Australia. His research topics range from mathematical runtime analysis of heuristic optimisation algorithms and theory-guided algorithm design to applications of heuristic methods to renewable energy production, professional team cycling and software engineering. So far, he has been a program committee member 29 times, and he has written over 60 articles with over 60 different co-authors. He has chaired several education-related committees within the IEEE CIS, and he is co-founder and current co-chair of the organising task force.

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Frank Neumann, University of Adelaide, Australia

Frank Neumann received his diploma and Ph.D. from the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Currently, he is an associate professor and leader of the Optimisation and Logistics Group at the School of Computer Science, The University of Adelaide, Australia. From 2008-2010, he has been the coordinator of the area ‘Bio-inspired Computation’ at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbruecken, Germany. With Kenneth De Jong he organised ACM FOGA 2013 in Adelaide and together with Carsten Witt he has written the textbook ‘Bioinspired Computation in Combinatorial Optimization - Algorithms and Their Computational Complexity’ published by Springer. He is vice-chair of the IEEE Task Force on Theoretical Foundations of Bio-inspired Computation, chair of the IEEE Task Force on Evolutionary Scheduling and Combinatorial Optimization, and has guest-edited special issues for the journals Algorithmica, Theoretical Computer Science, and Evolutionary Computation (MIT Press). Furthermore, he has organized several tracks and special sessions at IEEE CEC and GECCO. In his work, he considers algorithmic approaches in particular for combinatorial and multi-objective optimization problems and focuses on theoretical aspects of evolutionary computation as well as high impact applications in the areas of renewable energy and sports.

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Paul Kaufmann, University of Paderborn, Germany

Paul Kaufmann is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Paderborn. His main research interests are evolutionary algorithms, signal classification, and their application to adaptive and reconfigurable hardware systems. After receiving a Ph.D. in Evolvable Hardware (2013) from the University of Paderborn, he stayed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology and the Energy Management and Power System Operation Group at the University of Kassel from 2012 to 2013. He is organizing the annual EvoENERGY Workshop at EvoStar, heading the IEEE CIS Educational Material subcommittee, has co-founded and is heading the IEEE Task Force on Computational Intelligence in the Energy Domain, and is member of the IEEE Task Force on Evolvable Hardware.

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