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APSSS 2020: "Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in power systems and smart grids"

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Power system infrastructure, operation, planning, monitoring and maintenance are undergoing a tremendous transformation. Old practices are replacing with contemporary technology-based approaches at a fast pace. The sheer magnitude of changes demands frequent in-depth training of professionals and engineers to learn about new practices and tools. 

The inaugural Adelaide Power Systems Summer School (APSSS), which is planned to become an annual event, is designed to bring internationally and nationally renowned experts in the field to teach emerging practices, concepts, technologies and tools in power system and smart grid engineering. It is intended to fulfil the learning interests of students, researchers, engineers and professionals from academia as well as industry. The sessions involve teaching and hands-on exercises using open-source tools. Check out all the benefits that APSSS has to offer.  


At APSSS 2020, you will learn about the artificial neural network (ANN), deep learning, Markov model and Bayesian network, reinforcement learning, and classification and clustering with application in power systems engineering. It fosters and encourages knowledge sharing among all attendees through fun activities and networking events. Check out the detailed schedule here


Registration is open to undergrad honour students, MSc/MPhil and PhD students, postdocs, early-career academic staff, and industry professionals and researchers in Australia and abroad. Don't forget to check out the cheap accommodation options for academic delegates here

Limited seats are available.

Submit an expression of interest (EoI) today to secure yours.

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Academic Delegates

The registration fee (including GST) for undergrad honour students, postgrad students, postdocs, and early-career researchers is: 


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Industry Delegates

The registration fee (including GST) for industry professionals, researchers, and engineers is:




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Registration fee includes tax, all teaching sessions, lunchtime poster display, networking dinner, winery tour, and daily breakfast/lunch/tea/coffee. Accommodation, airfare, and local transportation expenses (except for the winery tour) are not covered. 

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Three students who send a thorough report on all exercises no later than March 1st, 12 AM Adelaide Time will be considered for the awards. They will be reimbursed for the full academic registration fee.

Course Credit

For the students, we will issue a certificate of 1 unit coursework (2.5 ECTS) upon receiving a report on the homework assignments. You have two weeks after APSSS to send us your report.

Winery Tour 

We will take half a day off on Day 3 afternoon to visit three wineries in the scenic McLaren Vale. Wine tasting is also included in the activity. It is a great chance to take memorable photos and taste Adelaide's world-class wines.


A 4-day of gaining an in-depth knowledge of AI and applying them in power systems and smart grids applications with hands-on experience in the class using open-source software; with last day SA Power Network 2-hour Workshop to apply AI to real-world problems


A certificate of completion will be issued to the attendees from academia at the end of the school. Attendees from the industry will receive a certificate of 15 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


Social events for networking with world-renowned scientists, industry practitioners and researchers, and your peers from other universities in Australia and abroad. You can bring an A1 (Portrait) poster for lunchtime poster display, it is optional.

Our Speakers

We’re proud to feature a list of prominent speakers who are at the forefront of their fields. These professionals are always eager to share their knowledge and inspire like-minded enthusiasts. Read more about this year’s speakers below, and contact us if you would like to learn more information.


Ian Hiskens (keynote speaker)

PhD, the University of Newcastle, Australia (1991)

Vennema Professor of Engineering, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the USA

Ian is an IEEE Fellow (2006), a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia with tremendous experience in academia as well as industry. He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2002-2008), a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1999-2002), and a senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia (1992-1999). He was with the Queensland Electricity Supply Industry, where he held the positions of EMS Security Applications Engineer and Planning Engineer Transmission Systems from 1980 to 1992. 

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Zoltan Nagy

PhD, ETH Zurich (2011)

Assistant professor, The University of Texas at Austin

Zoltan was a visiting researcher at MIT in 2009 and spent a semester at DTU on the student exchange program in 2005. He was a postdoc at ETH Zurich prior to joining UT Austin. He is a co-founder of award-winning high-tech spin-off Femtotools in 2007. 


Archie Chapman

PhD, University of Southampton (2009)

Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland

Archie is a member of the Data Science group of the School of IT and Electrical Engineering at UQ. Prior to joining UQ, Archie was Research Fellow in Smart Grids at the University of Sydney (2011-2019), and a postdoc fellow at the Uni of Southampton (2009-2010).


Anna Scaglione

PhD, University of Rome “La Sapienza” (1999)

Professor at the Arizona State University (ASU)

Anna is an IEEE Fellow (2011), the Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and the director of the SINE Lab at ASU.  Prior to joining ASU, she was Assistant (2001-2006) and Associate (2006-2008) Professor at Cornell University, Associate Professor (2008-2010) and Professor of electrical engineering (2010-2014) at the University of California at Davis. In 2006, she was visiting professor at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, and in 2013 at Stanford University.


Spyros Chatzivasileiadis

PhD, ETH Zurich (2013)

Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Spyros received his PhD from ETH Zurich. He was a postdoc fellow at MIT and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL). He was an exchange student at the Technical University of Munich and the University of Liege during his undergrad and PhD education, respectively.


* Light breakfast will be served every day from 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM, except Day 1 which starts from 8 AM to 8:30 AM.
** Lunch and “lunchtime poster display” will be held every day from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, except for Day 3 and 4.
*** We will have five to six sessions of 50-minute lectures every day with 10 minutes coffee/tea break between each.

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Our Sponsors



SA Power Networks is a key player in South Australia’s energy industry as the state’s sole electricity distributor. They build, maintain and upgrade the poles, wires and substations that deliver power to around 900,000 homes and businesses. 

Their Future Operating Model provides insight into how their business will change over time to provide better solutions for a world reliant on virtual power plants, electric vehicles and smart appliances.




The Australian Power Institute (API) represents major Australian power companies in providing future professional power engineering capability whose vision is:

"To Deliver a Sustainable Supply of Highly Skilled Power Engineering Professionals Working Effectively to Meet the Challenges of Australia’s Emerging Energy Future and to Support the Technical and Commercial Success of Member Companies in the Energy Sector"

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