ISA Power Industry Symposium issues Call for Papers

  • January 08, 2015
  • ISA
  • News

January 8 2015 - The Program Committee of the 58th Annual ISA Power Industry Division (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 7-11 June 2015 at the Kansas City Marriott in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

“Power Generation: Instrumentation and Control Solutions for Today’s Industry Challenges” The theme of this year’s gathering, “Power Generation: Instrumentation and Control Solutions for Today’s Industry Challenges,” underscores the need to provide answers to the critical dilemmas in power generation, namely:

  • Maintaining reliability of power generation while managing fluctuating load demands (known as cycling)
  • Securing critical data and information through advanced cybersecurity
  • Meeting increasingly stringent environmental controls regulation

Attendees of the event are expected to come away with:

  • A greater awareness and understanding of recent innovations in instrumentation, controls and automation technologies
  • The know-how to apply security to control systems; improve power plant load demand response and low-load operation; and monitor and diagnose plant equipment and system reliability issues through the use of sensors and online monitoring technology.

Important deadlines Prospective authors are asked to submit abstracts by 15 January 2015.  Other key dates to remember include:

  • 20 February 2015 - Draft paper due
  • 20 March 2015 – Rights and Responsibilities form due
  • 23 April 2015 – Final paper due
  • 30 April 2015 – Draft presentation due
  • 15 May 2015 – Final presentation due

For more information on the 58th ISA POWID Symposium and to submit an abstract, please go to To gain answers to any questions relating to the symposium, contact Xinsheng Lou, the General Chair, at or Seth Olson, the Program Co-Chair, at

58th ISA POWID Symposium paper and presentation topics Suggested abstract topics to be covered at the 58th Annual ISA POWID Symposium include, but are not limited to:



  • Optimization of Renewable Power (hydro, wind, solar, biomass, etc.)
  • Thermal cycle augmentation for Renewable Steam Power


  • Process Modeling and Predictive Controls
  • Long term Reliability and Maintenance Issues


Environmental Control Systems

  • Scrubbers
  • SCR Controls
  • Regulatory Challenges
  • MATS Compliance

Combustion Turbine and Combined Cycle Plants

  • Operational Flexibility
  • Start-up and Ramp Rates
  • Load Range Extension


Operating Nuclear Plants

  • Analog to Digital Changes
  • Plant Life Extensions
  • EMI Testing and Immunity

New Nuclear Plants

  • Conventional Commercial Reactors
  • Small Modular Reactors
  • Regulatory Challenges

Programmatic Issues

  • Setpoints, Uncertainties and TSTF-493 Implementation
  • Commercial Grade Dedication
  • Operability Determinations
  • Suspect and Counterfeit Parts

Fukushima Accident Impact

  • SFP Instrumentation
  • FLEX Approach to Beyond-Design-Basis External Events



  • NERC CIP Requirements
  • Implementation & Audits
  • Testing & Intrusion Detection

Equipment Development

  • New Sensors
  • Wireless Sensor Applications & Standards
  • Fieldbus

Smart Grid Outlook

  • Impact on Generating Plants
  • Communication Standards

New Generating Plants (non-nuclear)

  • IGCC
  • Renewables
  • Regulatory Challenges

Advanced Control Technology and Applications

  • Simulation and Training
  • Advanced Control
  • Automation

Human Factors Engineering

  • Alarm Management
  • High Performance HMI
  • Control Center Design

Fleet Management

  • Remote Monitoring
  • Inspection and Maintenance
  • Condition Monitoring Systems
  • Alarm management
  • Training the Next Generation

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 the division website or call +1 919-549-8411.

About ISA Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation ( 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 (

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