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Ph.D. Dissertation Challenge

The IEEE PES Grid Edge Technologies Conference and Exposition committee is pleased to announce the “3-Minute Ph.D. Dissertation Challenge” and invites Ph.D. students and recent graduates to participate for the chance to win the Grid Edge Grand Prize of $5,000. The competition will provide an international platform for all Ph.D. researchers in the fields related to grid edge technologies to present their projects.

This award recognizes not just quality research, but also provides a unified platform to share technology innovations and exchange ideas between academia and industry. The presented ideas should demonstrate economy, society, environment, or technological advancements.

The organizing committee has assembled an extraordinary evaluation team comprised of academia and industry experts to review and select finalists and award winners.

Challenge Overview

The 3-Minute Ph.D. Dissertation Challenge is open to those who meet either of the following criteria:

  • Current Ph.D. students who have passed their qualification exams but have not defended their Ph.D. dissertation.
  • Recent Ph.D. graduates who defended their dissertation after January 1, 2022 (proof would be required).

The presentation is limited to 3 minutes, and one winner per each category will be awarded. The Ph.D. dissertation topics shall fit into one of the following four main categories, including but not limited to subcategories as identified below:

Category 1: Grid Modernization

Chair: Dr. Junbo Zhao (ju[email protected])

  • System reliability and resiliency
  • Weather events (prep and restoration),
  • Preventive/Predictive asset management
  • Metering/ Monitoring / Measurement Equipment
  • Advanced Distribution System

Category 2: Smart Cities

Chair: Dr. Saeed Manshadi ([email protected])

  • Building and home automation
  • Smart appliances
  • Intelligent lighting systems
  • Internet of Things
  • Behind the meter solutions

Category 3: Grid Connectivity

Chair: Dr. Ziang Zhang ([email protected])

  • Telecommunications (broadband solutions, fiber, private cellular, cyber security, etc.)
  • Business intelligence and data management (data collection, mining, storage, cloud service, data analytics, etc.)
  • AI and computing solutions

Category 4: Distributed Energy Resources

Chair: Dr. Lina He ([email protected])

  • Microgrids
  • Energy storage
  • Energy management (DER management system, demand response, energy efficiency)
  • Electric vehicles (EV charging infrastructure, H2 fueling stations, EV fleet management)
  • Distributed generation (solar PV, wind, clean hydrogen, power electronics, biomass)

Timeline and Submission Guidelines

The competition will be administered in two rounds:

Round 1: First create a 3-minute recorded video and submit it to the committee for evaluation.
The submission site is now closed.

Round 2: The selected finalists in each category will be informed by January 16, 2023 January 31, 2023 and invited* to participate in the on-site 3-Minute Challenge which will take place during the conference on April 11 and 12, 2023 at San Diego Convention Center.
The finalists will make a 3-minutes presentation in front of the industry/academia judges panel who will vote to select the winner per category for a $5,000 cash prize each.

The winner of each category will then make a presentation on April 13, 2023 at the corresponding Technology Stage aligned with their category, which is located on the exhibition floor.

*Conference registration fee for Round 2 finalists will be covered. Limited student housing will be available by the conference subject to the committee’s approval. More information will be available once conference registration is open.