Grid of the Future Paper Competition

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2023 NGN Paper Competition Now Accepting Submissions

Are you an individual with a passion to share your experience and knowledge with industry professionals from across the nation? Have you ever thought about writing a technical paper? Are you seeking to put your skills to the test in competition with other young professionals from across the United States?

If so, the 2023 CIGRE NGN Paper Competition is now accepting submissions!

2023 Competition Information

The CIGRE-US National Committee Next Generation Network (NGN) is holding their annual synopsis (abstract) and paper competition to encourage students and early professionals to share their experience and knowledge with others in the industry.

The CIGRE-US NGN synopsis template document must be used to format the synopsis for submittal. A list of preferred topics to align with the 2023 Grid of the Future symposium Call for Papers can be found here or below. Paper topic selection from this list is encouraged but not required. The authors of the top ten synopses will prepare technical papers according to the 2023 CIGRE-US NGN paper template document. The authors of the top five papers will present their papers at the 2023 Grid of the Future conference in Kansas City, Missouri, where one grand prize will be awarded.


To qualify for the competition, you must fulfill both requirements 1 and 2:

  1. Be a current CIGRE member located in the United States. 2023 student membership is free! Register at
  2. Be either a or b
    • a) Undergraduate student or graduate student with an interest in power systems, or
    • b) Power system professional with 10 years or less full-time experience.
      • Power system experience for this competition is classified as any full-time experience beyond the last degree received in the power field.

The Symposium scope covers the following general topics:

Enhancing Grid Resilience: Infrastructure Resilience, Microgrids, Resilience
Quantification, Big Data for Resilience, Resilience Planning, Aging
Infrastructure & Asset Management, FLISR, DC Microgrids, Proactive
Reconfiguration, Community Resilience, Localized Resilience Benefits,
Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), Mobile Storage, Long Duration
Storage, Wind and Solar Integration

Grid Operation, Automation & Management: Modern Energy Management
Systems (EMS), ADMS, Renewable Integration, Solar & Storage Microgrid,
Long-Duration Storage, Demand Response, Energy Efficiency, Innovations in
Battery Chemistry, Battery Diagnostics, Cybersecurity Standards, Advanced
Communication Applications, Fiber, LTE, 5G, Broadband, IoT-based Wireless
Technologies, Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Edge Computing, Smart EV Charging, Vehicle-
to-Grid (V2G), Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X)

Climate Change Adaptation: Climate Risk to System Assets, Managing the
Impact of Decarbonization, Improving Grid Biodiversity, Innovative T&D
Engineering to Limit Environmental Impacts, Life-Cycle Assessment,
Generation Planning, Policies and Regulations, Migration Effects, Clean
Energy During Pandemic and Global Unrest, Distribution Markets

Intelligent Protection and Controls: Voltage Optimization, T&D Monitoring,
Adaptive Relaying, Automation and Restoration, Bi-directional Power Flow,
IEC 61850, Digital Substation, System Reconfiguration, DERMS, Home and
Building Automation, DER Protection Study, DER Integration and Control

Beneficial Electrification: Smart Cities, Smart Villages, Smart Homes, Managed Charging, Fleet Electrification, Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X), Autonomous Vehicles, Extreme Fast Charging, Plug-in Hybrid EV (PHEV), Wireless Charging, Building Electrification, Conservation Voltage Reduction, Industrial Electrification

T&D Modeling, Sensors and Data Analytics: Real-time Modeling, Hardware-in-the Loop (HIL), Control-HIL, Digital-Twin, DER Modeling, Hybrid AC-DC Systems, Cyber-Attack Modeling, EV Modeling and Simulation, EV Planning Studies, Synchrophasor Technology, Power Quality, AMI Data, Bellwether Meters, Low-Cost Sensors, Big Data, Quantum Computing, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning


May 3, 2023 Synopsis Due

April 30, 2023 Top 10 notified of synopsis acceptance

August 4, 2023 10 participants submit papers

August 25, 2023 Top 5 participants notified of paper acceptance

October 9 -12, 2023 Top 5 participants present at the 2022 Grid of the Future Symposium

TBD, October, 2023  The first-place winner will be announced at GOTF 2022


  • Each participant submits a synopsis by 5/3/23. They will receive confirmation of their synopsis’ receipt.
  • Ten participants will be selected to submit full papers. The ten participants will be notified no later than 4/30/23.
  • The ten selected participants will submit full papers by 7/28/23.
  • Five participants will be selected to present their papers at the 2023 Grid of the Future Symposium. They will receive notification no later than 8/25/23.


  • The five participants will each present at the 2023 Grid of the Future Symposium on (OCTOBER 9-12, 2023) during the Symposium in Kansas City, Missouri. Each participant will have ten minutes for their presentation, followed by five minutes of Q&A.
  • The first-place winner will be announced on (DATE TBD – OCTOBER 2023) at the Grid of the Future Symposium.


  • All top five participants will receive complimentary Grid of the Future Symposium registration ($500 value).
  • The winning participant will have the option to choose between registration to the 2024 CIGRE Paris Session or the 2024 CIGRE Grid of the Future (GOTF) Symposium. In either case, the winner will receive up to the $1000 travel stipend as well as the opportunity to submit for a presentation slot.
  • All prizes are contingent on attendance at the events.



All participants must send their synopsis using the synopsis template provided here by 4/7/23 to


The top ten participants must send their paper using the paper template provided here 8/11/23 to


  • During the synopsis step, if the participant’s synopsis is not selected to prepare a paper, participants are encouraged to prepare a paper based on the synopsis and submit it for the 2023 Grid of the Future Symposium.
  • If a participant’s paper is selected as one of the top 5 to present at the 2023 Grid of the Future Symposium, they may submit it to the NGN competition ONLY. Do not submit for the Grid of the Future Symposium also.
  • If the participant’s paper is not selected to be in the top 5 papers, the participant is encouraged to submit the paper to the 2023 Grid of the Future Symposium. The deadline for submission will be extended to accommodate NGN paper competition participants.


Please contact NGN at with any questions or clarifications.

Past Competitions

2022 Winners

Linear State Estimator Deployment for Real-Time Power System Monitoring in AEP’s Control Room

Horacio Silva-Saravia, Yidan Lu, and Anubhav Nath

From Left to Right: Logan Lillis (organizer), Yidan Lu, Horacio Silva-Saravia, John McDonald (organizer). Image courtesy of Lillis.

Download the Paper Here

2022 Finalists

All Finalist Papers are available for download.

Real-time Situational Awareness and Topology Detection using Distribution Linear State Estimator

Resiliency Analysis for Climate Hazard Impacts on Distribution System

Power Quality Assessment in Distributed Energy Resources

Analysis of Automatic Transitions from Grid Tied to Islanded Operation

From Left to Right: Kurtis Bleak, Yidan Lu, Horacio Silva-Saravia, Mattewos Tefferi, Joseph Johnson, Brittany Chapman, Joseph Galimid
From Left to Right: Logan Lillis, Kurtis Bleak, Yidan Lu, Horacio Silva-Saravia, Mattewos Tefferi, Joseph Johnson, Brittany Chapman, Joseph Galimid, John McDonald

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