7th Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems

Hotel Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Room 202-Rue Sainte-Catherine
15 April 2019, Montreal, Canada

This workshop is part of the CPS Week, 15 - 18 April 2019, Montreal, Canada

The IEEE Industrial Electronics Society is technical co-sponsor of this workshop.

Workshop chairs:

Peter Palensky (TU Delft, The Netherlands), Anurag Srivastava (Washington State University, USA)

Local arrangement chair:

Chuma Francis Mugombozi (IREQ, Canada)


Automation and digitalization have become important topics in the energy sector in recent years, as modern energy systems increasingly rely on communication and information technology to combine smart controls with hardware infrastructure. With the emergence of cyber–physical systems (CPS) as a transdisciplinary field, such modern energy systems can be classified as cyber–physical energy systems (CPES), integrating the related research and development within a broader scope.
An important aspect of the research and development related to CPS is to bridge the gap between the traditional engineering domains and computer science. This is especially true for CPES, where the related engineering domains have in the past come up with proven and reliable methods for designing even large and complex systems. However, existing modeling and simulation tools still struggle to cover all aspects of CPES. Hence, a combination of universal modeling languages and established, domain-specific tools (like grid simulators and telecommunication simulators) is necessary. New methods, tools and algorithms are needed that are compact, computationally inexpensive, potentially self-organizing and intrinsically stable if applied to real energy systems.

During the workshop, a dedicated session for demos is foreseen. We encourage tool developers (with industrial as well as academic background) to apply for a slot in this session. Please contact the workshop organizers to get in touch.

This workshop brings together researchers and industrialists to exchange ideas and newest research results on the following (not exhaustive) list of topics:

  • Hybrid modeling and simulation
  • Co-Simulation of multi-domain systems
  • Ontologies for energy systems
  • Applications of cyber-physical energy systems
  • Distributed algorithms and control
  • Standards in interfacing components
  • Formal languages for energy systems
  • Smart Grid modeling
  • Smart Cities modeling
  • Design of simulations/experiments

Demos and Tutorials

Real-Time Cyber-Physical Simulation of the Electric Power Grid for Cybersecurity studies

Room 202-Rue Sainte-Catherine, 10:30 AM

S.Li (OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES), L.Wihl (SCALABLE Network Technologies)

This demonstration of a Cyber-Physical System Real-Time Simulation involves a microgrid subjected to cyber attacks. An OPAL-RT Real-Time Simulator is used to co-simulate a microgrid system, including generation, power converters, and loads, as well as a microgrid controller. The microgrid system and controller are connected via IEC 61850 GOOSE messages in order to transmit measurements and commands. A high-fidelity communication network emulator, EXata, is also running on the Real-Time Simulator to emulate the communication between the microgrid and controller. Using EXata, command and measurement signals between the controller and microgrid are subjected to cyber attacks causing unexpected behavior within the system. In summary, this is a novel example using high-fidelity off-the-shelf tools to co-simulate electric power grids and industrial communication networks in Real-Time for Cyber-Physical System simulation, allowing for the creation of rich scenarios for advanced Cybersecurity studies.

Universal CPS Environment for Federation (UCEF)

Room 202-Rue Sainte-Catherine, 1:30 PM

Thomas Roth (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

UCEF is a tool set for designing and implementing federated, collaborative, and interactive experiments with cyber-physical systems (CPS). UCEF has been developed by NIST’s Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program and its partner, the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University. This tool suite integrates the leading simulation engines and hardware-in-the-loop with a distributed modeling and simulation architecture defined by a standardized communications protocol, the IEEE 1516 High Level Architecture (HLA) standard.

The demo will show how the graphical environment is used to model a simple LabVIEW federation. The output of the code generation, including the generated LabVIEW project files, will be explained. An example LabVIEW implementation (LabVIEW talking to custom Java code through HLA) will be used to show the run-time execution.

Paper submissions

Submitted papers are peer-reviewed by at least 3 reviewers. Workshop language is English. Contributions on work in progress are welcome.

Submitted papers are required to comply with the guidelines for IEEE conference manuscripts and must not exceed 6 pages in length. Submissions are handled via the Easy Chair submission system.

Accepted and presented papers will be submitted to IEEE Xplore, subject to final approval by the conference committee.

Important dates, links, and resources

  • Full paper submission deadline: 03 February 2019
  • Notification deadline: 25 February 2019
  • Final paper submission deadline: 11 March 2019
  • Workshop date: 15 April 2019

Download Call for Papers

Paper guidelines and templates



Program Committee Chair

Edmund Widl (AIT, Austria)

Program Committee

Christoph Grimm (TU Kaiserslautern, Germany)

Wolfgang Kastner (TU Vienna, Austria)

Sebastian Lehnhoff (OFFIS, Germany)

Yan Liu (Concordia University, Canada)

Sven Christian Müller (Logarithmo, Germany)

Ming Ni (NARI Group Corporation, China)

Hiroaki Nishi (Keio University, Japan)

Bryan Palmintier (NREL, USA)

Mohammad Shahidehpour (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)

Pierluigi Siano (University of Salerno, Italy)

Alfonso Valdes (University of Illinois, USA)

Luigi Vanfretti (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)

Xiaoyu Wang (Carleton University, Canada)