May 12 – 15, 2019 // Reykjavik, Iceland

EPCC Workshop 2019 Iceland is hosted by Landsnet

Technical topics

  1. TSO-DSO interactions and their impact on modeling and data exchange

    • Communication, command and control structures
    • Requirements on common tools
    • EMS-DMS interactions
    • Interactions to fulfill regulatory framework
      • Market requirements - unbundling, neutrality, transparency, supplier of last resort...
      • Security of supply, Adequacy
    • Operational responsibilities and coordination
      • Managing the distributed resources
      • Restoration, Load response, demand side management
    • Interaction and Coordination of Ancillary services
      • Frequency response, Balancing. Voltage/Var, Re-dispatch/Remedial actions 
      • Loss minimization
    • Data exchange and modeling requirements derived from all the above deriving factors
      • Mutual observability in each others system
      • Standards used in data exchange (real-time, CIM based, IEC, Smart grid architecture model...)
      • Authority, ownership of data and data maintenance issues
      • Training for normal and emergency operation
      • Data requirements due to emerging technologies (PMUs, metering data, social media,..)
  2. Enabling efficient and secure operation – control room technology and human factors

    • Operator Training best practices:
      • Training simulators
      • Communication (internal and cross-border)
      • Crisis management, Knowledge management: retaining experience
    • Next generation control center:
      • Effect of digitalized substations in the control center
      • Cybersecurity awareness 
    • Operator response under stress:
      • Operator stress management in critical situations
      • Human machine interfaces
    • Decision support tools:
      • Probabilistic forecasting tools, Risk assessment, Machine learning
      • Visualizations
    • Operation planning applications: 
      • Reliability studies, using weather and threat forecasts
      • Generation and adequacy studies
      • Cross-border support and coordination
  3. Impact of Grid Inertia on Power System Control

    • Existing and new monitoring mechanisms for inertia in control centers - Load bank switching, PMU, advanced monitoring, etc.
    • Case studies on systems with inertia floors – Ireland, Texas, UK, Nordic Power System, Australia - lessons learned
    • Modeling inertia in system stability and contingency tools
    • Modeling inertia in market systems and inertia floor market mechanisms
    • Effective mitigation techniques for the issue of low inertia in system operation
    • The effect of low inertia on short circuit levels and protection on power systems
    • Synthetic inertia – its advantages and disadvantages on system control
  4. Artificial Intelligence Techniques in System Operations and Control

    • Monitoring mental workload and advanced situational awareness in control centers
    • Automated power system control using AI. How far away are we? What are the gaps? How do we bridge them? 
    • To automate or not to automate? Factors influencing decision making in control centers
    • Artificial intelligence in load forecasting and renewable generation forecasting
    • “Out of the loop syndrome” the effect on operators having reduced input to autonomous system operation
    • Machine learning in alarm management and abnormal system pattern recognition
    • Augmented Reality in control centers. Can you switch by eye gazing?
    • Utilizing AI on social media traffic to indicate abnormal system operation.
    • Eye tracking and physiology tracking in control centers – advantages and disadvantages
    • Monitoring operators health, mental workload, stress levels through wearable devices
    • Ecological interface design for control center HMIs
  5. Probabilistic Reliability Management 

    • Data acquisition and sharing (TSO/TSO and TSO/DSO) to model uncertainties and service interruption costs in operations
    • Advanced methods for risk assessment in operations (computational considerations, interpretability considerations)
    • How to leverage OPF and SCOPF towards probabilistic risk management
    • Revisiting the relations between Reliability, Resilience, and Security
    • Data driven techniques to model joint weather dependence of contingency probabilities, demand and generation uncertainty, and duration and cost of service interruptions
  6. Vendors Panel

    • Vendors will present most recent developments in control center design and implementation of software technology and data analytics.
    • Presentations will be followed by Q&A sessions addressing vendor's key challenges and other topics of interest including the impact of EMS-DMS interactions on system modeling and data exchange, monitoring of system inertia and its modeling for market systems, machine learning and augmented reality in control centers and operator training best practices.


JANUARY 11, 2019
Call for participation due

MARCH 12, 2019
Early Bird Registration due

APRIL 12, 2019 
Discussion Abstract due

MAY 6, 2019
Workshop Registration due

MAY 12, 2019
Discussion Slides due (at the Workshop)


Call for Participation

The call for presentations will start in November 2018. 


Registration & Accommodation

The 2019 Electric Power Control Centers Workshop (EPCC) will take place in beautiful city of Reykjavik, Iceland.



For more information or to indicate your interest in participating in the Workshop please contact
Dejan J Sobajic at
Iris Baldursdottir at


Congress secretariat

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