Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lehnhoff
University of Oldenburg / OFFIS

ICT-Challenges in self-organizing provision of Ancillary Services in future Smart Grids

Future electrical power systems will be composed of large collections of autonomous components. Sensors and actuators, aware of their environment, with the ability to communicate freely, will have to organize themselves in order to perform the actions and services that are required for a reliable and robust power supply. Monitoring and efficiently operating such a system is a challenging task for the underlying information and communication (ICT) infrastructure as well as the system’s "intelligence" to efficiently perform these tasks while guaranteeing the necessary power quality.

Self-organization is an organizational concept that promises systems with the ability to adapt themselves to system perturbations and failures and thus may yield highly robust systems with the ability to scale freely to almost any size.


Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lehnhoff is a Professor for Energy Information Systems at the University of Oldenburg. He received his doctorate at the TU Dortmund University in 2009. Prof. Lehnhoff is member of the executive board of the Energy R&D division at the OFFIS Institute for Information Technology. He is speaker of the special interest group „Energy Information Systems“ within the German Informatics Society (GI) and active member of numerous committees and working groups focusing on ICT in future Smart Grids. His research interests are self-organizing energy systems, distribution grid automation as well as methods for real-time power system analysis and computation.