IEEE ISPLC 2015 Comes to Austin

Monday, April 06, 2015

Last week, WNCG hosted the IEEE International Symposium on Power Line Communications (ISPLC) conference, which was chaired by Prof. Brian Evans. Held on the University of Texas campus at the Blanton Museum of Art, ISPLC 2015 provided a forum for communications researchers and engineers to discuss issues relating to the use of electrical power distribution cables as a viable communication channel. The event was sponsored by UT Austin’s WNCG, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Energy Institute.

Since its inception in 1997, ISPLC has served as an international meeting point for academics and industrial researchers as well as regulators. ISPLC is now the leading technical conference in the field of Power Line Communications (PLC) and the flagship event of the IEEE PLC Technical Committee.  Contributions presented at ISPLC span all aspects of communications over power lines, including smart grid communications, networks and analytics, in-home broadband, green communications, multi-input multi-output (MIMO), in-car communications, electric vehicle charging systems and sensor networks.

This year, 51 speakers presented, including WNCG student Ghadi Sebaali. Sebaali gave a talk regarding her joint research with Prof. Evans. Her talk explored the interference limitations of power line channels and wireless channels in unlicensed bands to improve smart grid communication performance and reliability between customers and the local utility company. Other WNCG students helped out at the event by volunteering.

The three-day event closed with a banquet at local hotspot Lake Austin.

To view a complete slideshow of the event, click the image below. For more information about ISPLC, visit: http://www.ieee-isplc.org/