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Ph.D. Dissertation Challenge

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The IEEE PES Grid Edge Technologies Conference and Exposition committee is pleased to announce the “3-Minute Ph.D. Dissertation Challenge” again for our 2025 meeting and invites Ph.D. students and recent graduates to participate. The competition will provide an international platform for all Ph.D. researchers in the fields related to Grid Edge technologies to present their projects. Each talk is limited to 3 minutes, and up to 4 winners will be awarded.

This challenge recognizes quality research and provides a unified platform to share technology innovations and exchange ideas between academia and industry. The presented ideas should demonstrate the economic, societal, environmental, or technological advancements. The challenge is open to those who meet either of the following criteria:

  • Current Ph.D. students who have passed their qualification exams and started their Ph.D. dissertation research.
  • Recent Ph.D. graduates who defended their dissertation after January 1, 2024 (proof would be required).

Participants should have a research topic related to the Grid Edge Technologies Conference theme. Example topics include:

  • Connected Utilities & Infrastructure
  • Fleet electrification
  • Energy Storage
  • Virtual Power Plants (VPP)
  • Policy & Regulatory Framework
  • Smart Cities & IoT
  • Microgrids
  • Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Cyber Security & Data Privacy
  • Energy Efficiency

Round 1: Initial submission, including a 3-minute recorded video.

The format of the video should be close to the final event settings, and it should include:

  • Yourself: the participant should be included in the video recording.
  • Slides: the use of presentation slides is recommended.
    • Explain the problem you are trying to solve. Grid Edge-related problems only.
    • Introduce your technical approach.
    • Summarize the potential impact of your work.

Round 1 submission window: April 1st, 2024 – August 15th, 2024.

Submission site: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/c3f7a00a56d04cfba2f18be6f632fc72

Round 2: The selected finalists will be informed by September 2024 and invited to participate in the on-site 3-Minute Challenge during the conference in Jan 2025 at the San Diego Convention Center. No remote participation is allowed.

A one-day graduate student complimentary registration will be provided to all finalists to attend the conference. Additionally, if you wish to attend the full conference, you can apply the value of the one-day graduate student cost subtraction from your full registration cost.

The finalists will have a 3-minute presentation in front of the industry/academia judge panels, who will vote to select four winners for a $5,000 cash prize each.

Saifur Rahman
2023 IEEE President
Jessica Bian
IEEE/PES Immediate Past President
Panagiotis Moutis
Assistant Professor
The City College of New York
Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri
Associate Professor
The Pennsylvania State University
Larissa Affolabi
Principal Software Engineer
OATI, Inc.
Damir Novosel
President and Founder of Quanta Technology
Quanta Technology
Lina He
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois Chicago
Jianghui Wang
Southern Methodist University
Luka Strezoski
Founder & Principal
DerMag Consulting International

Meet the 54 Ph.D. researchers from 38 universities across 13 countries who participated in the 2023 Challenge

“In [events like the IEEE PES Grid Edge Technologies], you get to meet and interact with professionals and learn about what they are doing, the most pressing issues, and the latest advancement in the field – importantly – you get to do something besides your own work which can be truly eye-opening,” she said.

Read more about Larissa’s story.

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