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Third Smart Grid Industry Partners Program (IPP) meeting
September 14, 2011

Registration Application

UCLA's SMERC (Smart Grid Energy Research Center, http://smartgrid.ucla.edu) to support its Smart Grid Research and Demonstration activities has set up the SMERC Industry Partners Program or IPP. SMERC IPP has had two meetings and now the third meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

SMERC IPP members would be partners/collaborators (if approved) in one or more of the UCLA SMERC demonstration and research projects. An example of such a project is the regional Smart Grid Demo grant that UCLA SMERC is participating in:

We believe that such industry-university collaboration would be important to the success of the smart grid as it would allow research innovations to be implemented in the backdrop of real-world infrastructure. Currently the active projects at SMERC include Demand Response, Electric Vehicle Integration, Microgrid Modeling and Integration, Consumer response/behavior/acceptance, Information Security in Grid infrastructure, and Wireless Interfaces for Sense-and-Control of the campus grid. These research projects and associated concepts would be tested within the context of the UCLA SMERC living lab. The living lab would eventually consist of buildings and parking lots integrated with smart grid technologies to support the various demonstrations. This campus living lab smart grid research would enable SMERC to understand how to enable a smart grid in a community the size of UCLA and subsequently, the modeling and simulation/verification of such models would provide a guiding light on scaling up of the campus grid to one encompassing the City of Los Angeles or beyond even to other regions of California or the nation.

This event is meant for utilities interested in the campus living lab smart grid demonstration, Smart Grid technology providers who can participate and contribute, regulators and policy makers who are interested in seeing what's possible, government entities such as DOE labs who have created substantial technologies in the Smart Grid, standards organizations, etc. At this meeting, we will be discussing current technology demonstrations and research projects as well as those that we would embark upon over the next several years in UCLA and the neighboring regions that wish to participate. We will also discuss future plans for IPP functioning, roles, responsibilities, information dissemination, information gathering, creating partnerships, partnering with SMERC on federal or state funded grants and cost share that the IPP members can provide to such existing and future grants. Examples of recent collaborations with existing IPP members and how they are providing their contributions to projects and cost-share will be discussed. A key objective of this meeting would be to mobilize SMERC IPP for creating a successful research collaboration with industry on Smart Grid at UCLA.

Since space would be very limited at this event, interested parties would need to apply to UCLA SMERC via our registration page. This is only an application and does not guarantee invitation to attend as space will be very limited. If you need more information about the event or SMERC IPP, please email info@smartgrid.ucla.edu

Current Speakers:
Mike Coop Founder & Managing Director Think Smartgrid
Ashiss Dash AVP Infosys Technologies Limited
Rajit Gadh Professor & Director UCLA - WINMEC
Edwin Liu VP Quanta Technology
Neal Roche CEO Gridtest Systems
Vic Shao Executive Vice President Green Charge Networks
Gregory Smedley CEO/President One-Cycle Control, Inc.
Mike Starsinic InterDigital Communications

We will be inviting some of the SMERC IPP members to speak at the forum on their participation/contribution activities and future plans. In addition some of the IPP members will be invited to a Round Table discussion on the plans for IPP. We will also invite some speakers from outside the IPP. This is planned to be a full day program. Some of the speakers at the last IPP meeting include:

Rajnish Chauhan Network & Content Engineering - Utility Practice Infotech Enterprises
Jung In Choi Professor Kyungwon University
Nicole Elovitz Director of Marketing ClearEdge Power
Todd Jolley Director, Vertical Market Solutions Hughes Networks
Richard Kozicki National Account Manager, Grid Networks Versant Corporation
Edwin Liu VP Quanta Technology
Yogen Patel Vice President Zyrion
Jordan Ramer CEO EV Connect
David Roberts Director of Marketing Cypress Enviorsystems
Victor Shao Executive Vice President Green Charge Networks
Lindon Shiao CEO GridSense Inc.
Greg Warta Director of Sales Echelon Corporation



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