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    ECC21 Workshop

    Modeling and Control of Power Grids, where do we go from here?

    We are proud to announce the workshop Modeling and Control of Power Grids, Where Do We Go From Here, to be held at this year's European Control Conference and jointly sponsored by the VECTORS project and by EUCA. We envision this as a unique opportunity for the participants to interact with experts in the fields of modeling and control of power systems, sharing views on the emerging trends in this area.


    The recent spread of renewable energy and distributed generation, together with the introduction of smart appliances has had a deep impact across the three-layer control architecture of power networks. Indeed, renewable energy sources, connected to the grids through power electronic converters, are not characterized by the rotational inertia typical of synchronous generators, and thus put in jeopardy the stability properties of the grid. Furthermore, the intrinsic fluctuating nature of renewable and distributed power generation represents an additional threat for the robustness of the frequency regulation in modern grids. In simple words, while renewable energy sources, distributed generation, and smart appliances represent a great opportunity to transition towards a far more energetically sustainable world, they also pose novel challenges in the operation of power grids. Coping with these challenges has been the main focus of recent work on control of power grids, and will continue to be in the future. This workshop aims at discussing the main trends in the recent literature on this wide research topic by merging the perspectives of a lineup of speakers from both the control and electrical engineering communities. Our ultimate goal is that of helping the audience navigate the ever-growing literature on control of power grids, highlighting the key open problems to be addressed. To this aim, the speakers will give their talks in a broadly accessible manner, so to facilitate participants with a control background that may be interested in entering this field. After a brief motivating presentation by the organizers, the workshop will proceed through three technical sessions that we hope will spark an interesting exchange of thoughts in the discussion panel on future research directions that will conclude our program.


    Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 8:30-16:30 


    Online workshop

    How to Register:

    All who wish to attend the conference must register and pay the registration fees (150$ discounted to 50$ for students) at


    Francesco Lo Iudice, Pietro De Lellis 

    Final Program

    08:30-9:00 Welcome and Motivation 

    9:00-10:30 Session #1: Stability and Control of Future Power Systems

    – “Power Network Science – Stability and Control”, David J. Hill, Professor of Energy Systems, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (

    – “The changing dynamics of power systems: challenges for future stable operation”, Keith Bell, Professor of Smart Grids, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland (

    10.30-10.45 Break

    10.45-12.15 Session #2: Analysis and control of low inertia power systems

    – “On the interaction of frequency and voltage control in low-inertia systems”, Federico Milano, Professor in Power Systems Control & Protection, University College, Dublin, Ireland (

    – “Advanced grid-forming control for low-inertia power systems”, Florian Dorfler, Professor of Automatic Control, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland ( 

    12.15-13.15 Lunch Break 

    13.15-14.30 Session #3: Cascading failures, power flow and the network structure.

    – “Distributed flow control and mechanism design for infrastructure networks” Giacomo Como, Professor of Automatic Control, Politecnico di Torino, Italy (

    – “Dynamical models for cascading failures in power grids”, Emanuele Crisostomi, Professor of Electrical Systems, Università di Pisa, Italy (

    14.30-14.45 Break

     14.45-16.15 Panel Discussion on Open challenges and Future Directions.

    Chair: Mario di Bernardo, Professor of Automatic Control, Università di Napoli, Italy (

    16.15-16.30 Closing Remarks



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