IEEE International Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grids
17–20 September 2024 // Oslo, Norway

CFP - Symposium on Power Line Communications and its Applications

IEEE SmartGridComm 2024
CFP - Symposium on Power Line Communications and its Applications


This symposium supersedes the IEEE International Symposium on Power Line Communications and its Applications (IEEE ISPLC), which until 2023 has been the world reference conference in power line communications (PLC). PLC is a natural choice for Smart Grid (SG) communications, being the most widely employed technology for Smart Metering in many regions. However, PLC has also proven to be a feasible solution for in-home and small-office networking and can play an important role in Internet of Things (IoT) applications. It also integrates with other and radio frequency (RF) technologies, improving coverage and robustness, and visible light communications (VLC), providing the uplink channel. 

As a continuation of the IEEE ISPLC, now under the umbrella of the IEEE SmartGridComm, this symposium welcomes novel works related to PLC for the Smart Grid but also to any application of PLC. Hence, the symposium accepts novel works dealing with theoretical and practical aspects of communications theory, algorithms, channel and noise measurements, EMC, simulations and real implementations, evaluation and lessons from field trials and related experience, network planning, installation, operation and management, protocols, cybersecurity, standards and regulations pertaining to communications via power lines, and related topics. Topics related to the application of Machine Learning (ML) in PLC, cooperative technologies (such as hybrid PLC/RF; PLC/VLC), and PLC for IoT are particularly welcomed. 

Topics of particular interest include but are not limited to: 


Power line communications: principle, modeling, signal processing and experiments

  • Modulation, coding, Information and communication theory and signal processing for PLC
  • MIMO and multi-user PLC
  • Channel and impedance characterization, modeling, emulation, and experimental systems
  • Impedance measurement techniques including sub mains cycle time variant characterization
  • Non-orthogonal multiple access for PLC
  • PLC system architectures
  • Machine learning techniques in PLC
  • Energy saving concepts for narrow- and broadband PLC modems
  • Quality and interoperability /interchangeability tests of chip-sets and modems
  • Hybrid PLC based technologies
  • Long distance PLC techniques


Networking and Grid security

  • Multiple access techniques and protocols for PLC networks
  • Multi hop routing in PLC and combined PLC / wireless networks
  • Cross-layer optimization and service integration
  • Cybersecurity in PLC
  • PLC network planning and optimization
  • Access, in-home and in-vehicle power line networks
  • Internet of power applications through PLC
  • Smart grids attack and defense


Applications and Standardization 

  • Electromagnetic compatibility, interference and coupling issues
  • Cognitive, cooperative, and autonomous approaches
  • Operation and management for PLC networks
  • PLC for smart grids, smart metering, smart cities, and e-mobility
  • Broadband and multimedia applications
  • Measurement concepts, protocols and tools for PLC modems roll-out
  • Field trial evaluations, identified problems, required improvements
  • PLC applications in healthy diagnosis for grid appliances
  • PLC applications in IoV(Internet of Vehicles)
  • PLC standardization and regulation  


Important Dates

-Abstract Submission Date: May 8, 2024 
-Full Paper Submission Date: May 8, 2024
-Notification of Acceptance Date:
July 1, 2024
-Final Paper Submission Date:
July 22, 2024

Symposium Chairs

Thokozani Shongwe, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Email:
Tao Zheng, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. Email:

*Please check the deadline for the workshop paper submissions in the respective workshop pages.



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