International Society of Automation News Release
2014 ISA Power Industry (POWID) Symposium issues Call for Papers
Abstract submissions due 15 January 2014
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (8 October 2013) — The Program Committee of the 57th Annual ISA Power Industry (POWID) Symposium has issued a Call for Papers, inviting authors, innovators, thought leaders and other professionals in the power-generation industry to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the conference.
The symposium, the largest conference dedicated to automation, control systems and instrumentation in the power generation industry, will be held 1-6 June 2014 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
The theme of the 2014 ISA POWID Symposium: “Instrumentation and Control Solutions for Today’s Industry Challenges”
The theme of this year’s gathering, “Instrumentation and Control Solutions for Today’s Industry Challenges,” underscores the need to provide answers to the critical dilemmas in power generation, namely:
“All of these difficult challenges require instrumentation and control technology as part of the solution,” declares Aaron Hussey, Director of Technical Services
“For instance,” he points out, “maintaining and improving reliability in the face of increased cycling is increasing the demand for technical talent that can create and apply innovative solutions for new types of operations, such as low-load and faster ramp rates.
“The need to address cybersecurity is also boosting demand for difficult-to-find technical talent skilled in the overlapping areas of controls and information technology. And meeting increasingly stringent environmental controls regulation significantly shapes how and why utilities make capital investment decisions, retire certain units, and deliver power generation that meets load demand.”
Hussey emphasizes that automation and control professionals play a key role in helping to confront and manage these challenges.
“If these challenges are not addressed, ultimately electricity rates will increase due to the increased costs of meeting load demand. In addition, the only way you can achieve a more environmentally friendly generating portfolio is by adopting more reliable control equipment and continually improving automation technology.”
Attendees of ISA’s 2014 POWID Symposium, he says, will come away with:
Call for Papers guidelines and topics
Prospective authors are invited to submit original contributions by 15 January 2014. Abstracts, whether they include a technical paper or a presentation only, must be submitted through the X-CD system on the conference web site at www.isa.org/powersymp. A link to the X-CD system is expected to be posted on the site shortly.
All paper submissions will be peer reviewed to ensure high quality and originality. Symposium proceedings will be published on CD for distribution to attendees, and will also be made available on the ISA web site. For complete guidelines and Call for Papers information, download this pdf, and regularly check the symposium’s web site for updates.
Suggested abstract topics to be covered at the 57th Annual ISA POWID Symposium include, but are not limited to:
Environmental Control Systems
Combustion Turbine and Combined Cycle Plants
New Nuclear Plants
Fukushima Accident Impact
Smart Grid Outlook
New Generating Plants (non-nuclear)
Advanced Control Technology and Applications
Human Factors Engineering
More about the 2014 POWID Symposium Chair
As Director of Technical Services at Expert Microsystems, the developer of Prognostic Health Management (PHM) software solutions, Aaron Hussey specializes in the application of online monitoring, fleet-wide prognostics and health management solutions for the electric power generation industry.
Hussey has spent the vast majority of his career in the electric power industry, concentrating on both nuclear and fossil power generation with a special interest in instrumentation and controls applied research. He also has experience in various types of automated manufacturing, including optical fibers and automotive turbochargers.
About the ISA Power Industry Division (POWID)
ISA’s Power Industry Division, one of the largest within ISA, is a recognized leader in developing and communicating the highest standards of information exchange, practices, environmental awareness and safety of information exchange among engineers, scientists, technicians, students/universities, and management involved in instrumentation and control relating to power generation. For more information about the ISA Power Industry Division, visit www.isa.org/powid or call +1 919-549-8411.
Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).