ADVANTAGE Newsletter Spring 2016
Welcome to this update from project ADVANTAGE. For the latest developments in the project, and information on our events schedule please see

We are pleased to announce details of our one day Research Seminar in Smart Grid technology to be held at the Royal Society in London on Friday 28th October 2016. Please see below for further details.

We have had some changes to our Early Stage Researchers' (ESRs) group, and are pleased to have welcomed two new Researchers since our last Newsletter, Pietro Danzi and Madalina Buzau.
The ADVANTAGE project will hold a free, one day seminar to discuss research advances in Smart Grid Technology. The event will be held at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London on Friday 28th October 2016 starting at 10am.

There will be a featured talk by Dr Alastair Martin, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Flexitricity and our Keynote speaker will be Professor Damien Ernst of the University of Liege.

We invite researchers in smart grid technology to attend the meeting to present their research. A number of bursaries of approx. £150 are available to support travel to the meeting for those presenting posters. We are asking for expressions of interest in attending and details of poster presentations by 1st July 2016. Full details of the submission procedure are available at:
Many of our Early Stage Researchers have started their secondments to other academic or industrial locations, a feature of such Marie Curie funded projects. Deep Shrestha has recently completed his secondment with Andrea Tonello at Alpen-Adria Universitat, Klagenfurt, Mehdi Zeinali will finish his secondment at NEC, Surrey, UK next month, and Marko Angjelichinoski is currently on secondment at Arizona State University.  We are very pleased to welcome new Associated Partners to the ADVANTAGE network as a result, and our full list of current Associated Partners is as follows:

ABB Corporate Research, Sweden
Alpen-Adria Universitat Klagenfurt, Austria
Arizona State University, USA
Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), Spain
Endesa, Spain
Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
North Carolina State University, USA
Princeton University, USA
Technical University of Crete, Greece
Texas A&M University, USA
University Polytechnic of Catalunya, Spain
Rocky Mountain Institute Colorado, USA
DTU Compute, Denmark
Early Stage Researchers Deep and Marko at the Poster Session held during Training event 3.
ADVANTAGE held its third Training event at CTTC, Castelldefels from 26th - 30th October 2015. Early Stage Researchers heard from invited speakers including Georgios Giannakis and Antonio Gomez-Exposito on network monitoring. A visit was arranged to the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) in Barcelona. ESRs had talks from experts in patenting, and participated in a Team Challenge exercise where each team had the opportunity to tackle an interdisciplinary problem involving control, communications and power systems engineering.
Project ADVANTAGE held its Mid-Term Review meeting during Training week 3 held at CTTC. ADVANTAGE's EC Project Officer Nina Poumpalova and external scientific reviewer Antonio Cimmino attended and gave the Early Stage Reseachers invaluable feedback on their individual posters and presentations. The Mid-Term report was accepted by the Project Officer with very useful feedback and, subsequent to this, ADVANTAGE's period 1 report was submitted to and accepted by the Project Officer. 
Winning Team at the University of Novi Sad Training week Team Challenge event: Marko, Achilleas, (John Thompson), Alex, Mirsad.
ADVANTAGE held its most recent training event at the University of Novi Sad from 12th - 14th April 2016. Early Stage Researchers heard from invited speakers Mladen Kezunovic (Texas A&M University) on "big data" and Markus Dillinger (Huawei) on the industrial perspective on Smart Grid. ESRs had a visit from a Novi Sad based start-up company Typhoon HIL and also undertook practical workshops on Distributed Convex Optimisation and Graphical models and belief propagation. Early Stage Researchers also gave oral presentations to other project participants on their research to date and took part in a Team Challenge event which involved pitching a research proposal in the form of a business plan to the academic audience. The winning team's pitch was a business plan for improving the life of electric vehicle batteries.
ADVANTAGE Early Stage Researchers have had success in publications. 

Marko Angjelichinoski, Mirsad Cosovic, Charalampos Kalalas, Ruben Lliuyacc and Mehdi Zeinali have co-authored a book chapter on their work in the ADVANTAGE project to be published in the IET Book "Smarter Energy: from Smart Metering to The Smart Grid", edited by Hongjian Sun (Durham), Nikolaos Hatziargyriou (NTUA), Laurence Carpanini (IBM), Miguel Sánchez (Iberdrola) and H. Vincent Poor (Princeton).

Deep Shestra presented a paper on tackling interference at the IEEE International Symposium on Power Line Communications in Germany in March 2016.
Anna Fragkioudaki (who left the project in summer 2015) has had a paper on her work accepted for the International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems to be held in Spain in June 2016.
Mehdi Zeinali has had a paper on his work on smart meter data compression accepted for the workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications to be held in Edinburgh in July 2016.

ESRs Charalampos Kalalas and Marko Angjelichinoski have both had journal papers accepted for publication in IEEE journals.

Full details of ADVANTAGE publications can be found at:

Madalina Buzau has recently taken up an ADVANTAGE ESR post at the University of Seville with time to be spent at Endesa.
Pietro Danzi started an ADVANTAGE ESR post at Aalborg University in December 2015.
Project ADVANTAGE visits Barcelona during Training week 3, October 2015.
The ADVANTAGE project is funded by the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN) under grant agreement no 607774.

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