International Conference on Electrical and Information Technologies
   March 25-27, 2015 Marrakech, Morocco

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Important dates
Full paper submission October 15, 2014
November 15, 2014
Tutorial proposals November 15, 2014
Notification of acceptance January 5th, 2015
Camera-ready submission January 15, 2015
Early-Bird registration January 16, 2015
Conference Dates March 25-27, 2015
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Pr. A. R. Al-Ali

Role of Internet of Things and Cloud Computing in the Smart Grid Technology

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Pr. A. R. Al-Ali
   Internet of Things (I.o.T) and Cloud Computing Services recently emerged as enabling technologies for the smart gird. Smart home appliances, Intelligent Electronic Device (IED) and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are major I.o.T objects that can be addressable using the IPV6. These objects are called the smart grid internet of things (SG-I.o.T). The SG-I.o.T generates big data that requires high speed computing infrastructure, widespread computer networks, big data storage, software, and platforms services. Utility companies’ control and data centers cannot handle such a large number of devices, high speed processing and massive data storage. Building large data center’s infrastructure takes a long time, requires widespread communication networks and huge capital investment. In addition, the center must have tailored operation and maintenance software packages such as distribution management system (DMS), geographic information systems (GIS), outage management systems (OMS), customer information systems (CIS) and supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA). Maintaining and upgrading control and data centers’ infrastructure and communication networks as well as updating and renewing software package licenses requires additional cost. An emerging computing paradigms such as cloud computing can be used as a smart grid enabler to replace the legacy utilities data centers. As best described by the NIST, “Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” The talk will highlight the role of I.o.T and cloud computing services and development models in the smart grid. Mapping the smart grid NIST existing seven domain conceptual models with the cloud computing NIST service models will also be explored.

Biography of Pr. A. R. Al-Ali (SM IEEE)

    Pr. A. R. Al-Ali received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and a minor in computer science from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA, 1990; Master degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York, USA, 1986 and B.Sc.EE from Aleppo University, Syria, 1979. From 1991-2000, he worked as an associate /assistant professor in KFUPM, Saudi Arabia. Since 2000 and till now, he has been a professor of computer engineering at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. His research and teaching interests include: embedded systems hardware and software architectures, smart homes automations, smart grid evolutions and development, remote monitoring and controlling industrial plants utilizing Internet, GSM, and GPRS networks. Dr. Al-Ali has more than 100 conference and journal publications including two USA and European Patents. Professor Al-Ali has been keynote to deliver keynote speeches on the recent evolution and development in the smart grid in several international conferences.