Paper Submission and Author Guidelines

IEEE Decentralized Energy Access Solutions (DEAS) Workshop (Feb 5-7, 2019) –  Call for Papers


The first IEEE DEAS workshop is being held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Feb 5-7, 2019 to begin to build the technical dialog and the community that will enable a shift in the power infrastructure from a centralized and inflexible system to a decentralized and flexible system. IEEE DEAS will include invited papers, tutorials, and technical papers for presentation in regular and poster sessions. There will also be an exhibition to allow companies and organizations involved in related areas to participate. Accepted papers that are presented at regular or poster sessions will be uploaded on IEEE Explore and will be eligible for submission to all IEEE PELS journals and transactions.

The Call for Papers will be open until December 10th, 2018, and also serves as an invitation for proposals to present tutorials on related topics. Tutorial presenters will be given one free registration for the workshop and will also receive a small honorarium. There will also be an exhibition where companies, government organizations, and academic/research organizations active in these areas can showcase their products and programs. Please contact for further information on participating in the exhibition.

For further information on DEAS, please visit

The IEEE-DEAS workshop will be collocated with the Americas Regional Round of the IEEE Empower a Billion Lives (EBL) global competition ( The regional round will feature 16 teams, which will be presenting their solutions for scaling energy access to the base of the pyramid. IEEE-DEAS participants will also be able to attend special sessions featuring these teams.

The Paper Submission Platform link is:

Please submit a 2 page digest for blind review using the word document manuscript template form: and convert to .pdf before uploading.
The final paper should be a maximum of 7 pages and access to pdfexpress and a copyright form will be sent to authors upon acceptance.

Specific technical areas of interest for which papers are invited include but are not limited to:

Resilient Energy Communities:resilient grid architecture; autonomous islanding and reconnection of microgrids and grid; operating principles for decentralized systems; fractal grids; DER and energy storage in resilient grids; stable operation of microgrids over wide range of source/loads; modular system design for rapid restoration; cost trade-offs and resiliency; control of interconnected microgrids

Advanced Energy Communities: grid following versus grid forming converter control; stability of low-inertia power electronic converter based microgrids; bumpless grid-connect strategies for distributed microgrids; optimization strategies for multi-resource microgrids; dynamic source/load balancing; metrics for measuring stability of microgrids; droop control versus isochronous control

Off-Grid Energy Access: microgrids for off-grid power; architecture and control of bottom-up grids; operational strategies for PV dominant microgrids; solar home systems as a building block for the grid; hyper-energy-efficient appliances; pay-go systems for off-grid solar; operation and control of systems with severe constraints on energy availability; install, operate and maintain with low-tech skills

Ad-Hoc Power Systems:rapid build of modular hybrid systems with mixed generator and power electronics sources; system operation under normal and fault modes; flexible and expandable systems with diverse technology mix; reduced fuel consumption through maximum use of DER


Important Dates

Paper submission deadline December 10, 2018
Notification of acceptance December 16, 2018
Final papers submission deadline January 15, 2019


For further information on submitting a tutorial, paper or in exhibiting at IEEE-DEAS, please visit or email For further information on the IEEE Empower a Billion Lives initiative, visit