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2017 Smart Grid Operation Problems (Competition & Panel) [IEEE]

Confirmation of participation by 30 January 2017.

2017 Competition & panel: Evaluating the Performance of Modern Heuristic Optimizers on Smart Grid Operation Problems


The increasing penetration of renewable energy sources and the new and adaptive patterns of demand side response entail a higher level of variability of the operation of electrical sustainable power systems. In this context, operational problems posse highly complex mathematical properties (e.g. non-convexity, discontinuity, multi-modality, high-dimensionality), which emphasizes the need of advanced optimization solvers in order to find optimal solutions that guarantee efficient and flexible operations.


This panel and competition, to be held at the 2017 IEEE PES General Meeting, introduces two benchmark problems (also denoted as optimization test beds):

  • Test bed 1: Stochastic OPF based active-reactive power dispatch. Developers: Sergio Rivera (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), Andrés Romero (Universidad Nacional de San Juan), José Rueda (Delft University of Technology), Kwang Y. Lee (Baylor University), István Erlich (University Duisburg-Essen)

  • Test bed 2: Optimal scheduling of distributed energy resources. Developers: Zita Vale and João Soares (Institute of Engineering – Polytechnic of Porto)


Besides, the panel will present the results and a comparative evaluation concerning the performance of different modern heuristic optimization algorithms, which are developed by different researchers worldwide. Researchers are challenged to solve the benchmarks, which are treated as black-box problems. They are only allowed to improve the methodological framework of their algorithms.


All interested participants are encouraged to send an email to by 30 January 2017, indicating their names, affiliation, and the algorithm to be used.


The first three ranked algorithms will be selected for presentation at the panel, for which only PowerPoint presentations are required.


Chairman: Dr. José Rueda, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (
Co-chair 1: Prof. István Erlich ,University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany  (
Co-chair 2: Prof. Kwang Y. Lee, Baylor University, USA (




Important dates


  • Call for competition: 14 January 2017
  • Confirmation of participation: 30 January 2017 (read above)
  • Submission of results and codes: 30 March 2017
  • Announcement of best three ranked algorithms: 28 April 2017
  • 2017 IEEE PES General meeting: 16-20 July 2017, Chicago, USA

(SRR/Fac. Ingeniería Bogotá)


[Boletín UN Investiga 329, 19 de enero de 2017]