IEEE International Symposium on Power Line Communications and its Applications
31 March-3 April 2020 // Malaga, Spain


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We are pleased to announce that the program of the IEEE ISPLC 2020 will include three technical keynotes speeches that will be given by the following distinguished speakers:

Thomas Clausen

Ecole Polytechnique, France

Routing procedures for PLC

Short bio: A graduate of Aalborg University, Denmark (M.Sc., PhD – civilingeniør, cand.polyt), and a Senior Member of the IEEE, Thomas has, since 2004 been on faculty at Ecole Polytechnique, France’s premiere technical and scientific university, where he holds the Cisco endowed “Internet of Everything” academic chaire.

At Ecole Polytechnique, Thomas leads the computer networking research group. He has developed, and coordinates, the computer networking curriculum, and co-coordinates the Masters program in “Advanced Communication Networks” (ACN). He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed academic publications (which have attracted more than 12000 citations) and has authored and edited 24 IETF, Standards, has consulted for the development of IEEE 802.11s, and has contributed the routing portions of the recently ratified ITU-T G.9903 standard for G3-PLC networks – upon which, e.g., the current SmartGrid & ConnectedEnergy initiatives are built. He serves on the scientific council of ThinkSmartGrids (formerly: SmartGridsFrance).

Ron Dabora

Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Information theoretic aspects of communications over PLC channels

Short bio: Ron Dabora received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Tel-Aviv University, Israel, in 1994 and 2000, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, USA, in 2007, all in electrical engineering.
From 1994 to 2000, he was with the Engineering Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, and from 2000 to 2003, he was with the Algorithms Group, Millimetrix Broadband Networks, Israel, working on broadband modems for wireless backhaul links. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, USA.
Since 2009, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Israel, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests include network information theory, wireless communications, and power line communications. He served as a TPC member of multiple international conferences, including, among others, WCNC, PIMRC, Globecom, and ICC. From 2012 to 2014, he served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Letters, and from 2014 to 2019 he served as a Senior Area Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Letters.

Stefano Galli

A perspective of PLC after 20 years

Rapporteur for Smart Grid Communications ITU, USA

Short bio: Stefano Galli received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy) in 1998. He is currently the ITU-T SG15/Q15 Rapporteur for “Smart Grid Communications.” Past positions include, Lead Scientist in Huawei’s Wireless Lab, Director of Technology Strategy at ASSIA, Director of Energy Solutions R&D for Panasonic Corporation, and Senior Scientist at Bellcore (now Ericsson).

He is currently serving on the IEEE ComSoc Board of Governors as Director of Technical Committees and on the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board as a Member-at-Large. In the past, he served as IEEE Fellow Committee Chair, ComSoc Vice President for Industry and Standards, and as Editor for various IEEE journals (2005-2016). He was the founder and first Chair of the ComSoc Technical Committee on Powerline Communications (2006-2010) and the ComSoc Technical Committee on Smart Grid Communications (2011-2012); he also brought ISPLC into IEEE and founded the IEEE SmartGridComm conference.

He has been very active in Standards. Besides currently serving as ITU-T SG15/Q15 Rapporteur, past positions include: Co-Chair of the “Communications Technology” Task Force of the IEEE 2030 Smart Grid standard and Co-Leader of the “Theoretical and Mathematical Models” Group of the IEEE 1901 Broadband over Power Lines standard. He has submitted numerous standards contributions to a variety of Standards Developing Organizations: IEEE, ITU-T, ETSI, BBF, ATIS, and NICC.

Stefano is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received the 2019 ComSoc Outstanding Service Award from the Technical Committee on Smart Grid Communications; the 2010 & 2015 IEEE ISPLC Best Paper Awards; the 2014 Broadband Forum Outstanding Contributor Award; the 2013 IEEE Donald G. Fink Best Paper Award; the 2011 IEEE ComSoc McLellan Meritorious Service Award; and the 2011 Outstanding Service Award from the Technical Committee on Power Line Communications. He holds 27 issued/pending patents, has authored 100+ papers, and has co-authored one book and five book chapters. His interests lie in statistical signal processing, communications theory, and modeling with applications to wireless communications, broadband access, home networking, and Smart Grid.


March, 31 (Tuesday)
19:00 Welcome reception
April, 1 (Wednesday)
08:45 Opening
09:00 Keynote speech 1 – Prof. T. Clausen
  Technical session 1 : Channel characterization and modelling
09:40 Channel Modeling for Overhead Line Equipment for Train Communication, by Waled Gheth; Khaled M. Rabie; Bamidele Adebisi; Muhammad Ijaz; Georgina D. Harris
10:00 Methodology and Power Spectral Density Limits Proposal for Non Intentional Emissions in Frequencies Below 150 kHz, by Noelia Uribe Perez; Ibon Arechalde; Alberto Sendin; Iker Urrutia; Juan Sebastian Gomez; Marta Castro
10:20 Noise Emission Investigations of Power Electronic Devices as Input Data for Planning of BPL Access Networks, by Philipp Lutat; Marcel Kurth; Axel Staubach; Holger Hirsch; Malte Peikenkamp; Matthias Lorenz; Tobias Pletzer; George Hallak; Benedikt Klaer
10:40 Break
11:00 Industry speech – G3-PLC Alliance
  Technical session 2 : Machine Learning applications in PLC
11:40 Advanced Smart Grid Monitoring: Intelligent Cable Diagnostics Using Neural Networks, by Yinjia Huo; Gautham Prasad; Lutz Lampe; Victor C.M. Leung
12:00 Supervised Fault Detection in Energy Grids Measuring Electrical Quantities in the PLC Band, by Nunzio Letizia; Andrea M Tonello
12:20 Learning to Synthesize Noise: The Multiple Conductor Power Line Case, by Nunzio Letizia; Andrea M Tonello; Davide Righini
12:40 Lunch
14:10 Industry speech – PRIME Alliance
  Technical session 3 : Modulation and signal processing for PLC
14:50 PAPR-reduction by Active-Constellation-Extension on the Example of G3-PLC, by Robert Frankenberg
15:10 Exploring Joint Voltage and Impedance Modulation in Wired Networks, by Andrea M Tonello; Marco De Piante
15:30 PLC Channel Selection Schemes for OFDM-based NB-PLC Systems, by Aymen Omri; Javier Hernandez Fernandez; Alfredo Sanz; Mariem Fliss
15:50 PLC Networks with In-Band Full-Duplex Relays, by Francisco J. Cañete; Gautham Prasad; Lutz Lampe
16:10 Sampling Frequency Error Estimators for PRIME V1.4 Systems, by Javier Giménez; José Antonio Cortés; Alfredo Sanz; Luis Díez
16:30 Break
16:50 Industry and standardization panel
17:50 sessions end
19:00 TC-PLC Meeting
April, 2 (Thursday)
09:00 Keynote speech 2 – Prof. R. Dabora
  Technical session 4 : Layer 2 and above in PLC
09:40 Planning Approach Towards Optimal Performance and Cost of Broadband PLC Access Networks, by George Hallak; Marcel Berners; Anil Mengi
10:00 Discovering Routing Anomalies in Large PLC Metering Deployments from Field Data, by Francesco Marcuzzi; Andrea M Tonello; Nunzio Letizia
10:20 Security Concepts Based on IEEE 802.1X for Broadband PLC Access Networks, by George Hallak; Tobias Frauenrath; Anil Mengi
10:40 Break
11:00 Industry speech – HomeGrid Forum
  Technical session 5 : Emerging applications
11:40 Power Line Communications in Automotive Traction Batteries: A Proof of Concept, by Thomas F. Landinger; Guenter Schwarzberger; Matthias Rose; Stefan Dollhaeubl; Günter Hofer; Arash Pake Talei; Andreas Jossen
12:00 Development of Smart Battery Cells Through Sensor Instrumentation and In-Vehicle Power Line Communication, by Timothy Vincent; James Marco, Marco
12:20 Belief Condensation Filtering for Voltage-Based State Estimation in Smart Grids, by Shervin Mehryar; Moe Z. Win
12:40 Lunch
14:10 Industry speech – Panasonic
  Technical session 6 : Dissemination
14:50 Low-Complexity Joint Time Synchronization and Channel Estimation for OFDM-Based PLC Systems, by Martín Colombo, Álvaro Hernández, Jesús Ureña
15:10 Field Trials for the Empirical Characterization of the Low Voltage Grid Access Impedance From 35 kHz to 500 kHz, by Igor Fernández ; Amaia Arrinda ; Itziar Angulo ; David de la Vega ; Noelia Uribe-Pérez ; Asier Llano
15:30 MIMO-OFDM NB-PLC Designs in Underground Medium-Voltage Networks, by M. Elgenedy, T. A. Papadopoulos, S. Galli, A. I. Chrysochos, G. K. Papagiannis and N. Al-Dhahir
15:50 The Role of Power Line Communications in the Smart Grid Revisited: Applications, Challenges, and Research Initiatives, by G. López; J. Matanza; D. De La Vega; M. Castro; A. Arrinda; J. I. Moreno; A. Sendin.
16:10 Break
16:30 Technical panel
17:50 sessions end
17:50 Guided tour to Concert Hall (to be confirmed)
19:20 Concert at Sala María Cristina
20:20 Gala Dinner
April, 3 (Friday)
09:00 Keynote speech 3 – Dr. S. Galli
  Technical session 7 : Impedance analysis for PLC systems
09:40 Measurement of Differential Mode Impedance and Longitudinal Conversion Loss for In-Factory High-Speed PLC System Using Three-Phase Power Distribution System, by Toshiyuki Wakisaka; Tohlu Matsushima; Hiroyuki Okumura; Hisao Koga; Nobuo Kuwabara; Yuki Fukumoto
10:00 Non Intrusive Network Impedance Estimation with State of the Art PLC Modems, by Davide Righini; Andrea M Tonello
10:20 Impedance Measurement System for Actively Transmitting Loads on Power Line, by Christoph Nieß; Gerd Bumiller
10:40 Break
11:00 Industry speech – Power Plus Communications
  Technical session 8 : Industry & Recent Results
11:40 Enabling CAN/LIN/UART protocols over DC powerline, by Ofer Amrani, Yair Maryanka, Eran Priel
12:00 Relationship Between the Material of Power Cable and the Communication Distance for HD-PLC, by Kazumasa Oshikawa; Toshiyuki Wakisaka; Tohlu Matsushima, Nobuo Kuwabara and Yuki Fukumoto
12:20 Performance Evaluation of PLC Systems for LIN-Bus Data Transmission, by Martin Brandl and Karlheinz Kellner
12:40 Heterogeneous SoC Architecture for a FBMC Receiver with Channel Estimator and Channel Equalizer in PLC, by Ruben Nieto, Raul Mateos and Alvaro Hernandez
13:00 Conclusion
13:10 Lunch