Smart Grid within power substations: specific wireless communications challenges


In this talk, we will report the work carried out over the last few years in the framework of an active collaboration with Hydro-Quebec, the power utility in the province of Quebec, Canada, for the deployment of wireless technologies within power substations.  We will position the work within the smart grid framework, and motivate its interest in this regard. We will then go over some of the sources of electromagnetic noise that are present within power substations and which make it a hostile environment for classical wireless communications. Specific measurement campaigns have allowed us to characterize the EM noise in substations, and in particular its impulsive nature; we will describe some of the models developed as well as an example of receiver adapted to this type of noise. Finally, we will touch upon a few additional potential avenues to enable wireless communications within substations. 

  Date and Time




  • St Lucia Campus
  • The University of Queensland
  • Brisbane, Queensland
  • Australia
  • Building: Advanced Engineering Building (#49)
  • Room Number: 49-502

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Fabrice Labeau - Associate Professor McGill University


Fabrice Labeau is an Associate Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at McGill University, where he also holds the NSERC/Hydro-Quebec Industrial Research Chair in Interactive Information Infrastructure for the power grid.

He is or was technical co-chair of the 2006 and 2012 Fall IEEE VTC conferences, the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) and the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Wireless Broadband (ICUWB). He was the general co-chair of the 2013 International Workshop on High Mobility Wireless Communications (HMWC) and  IEEE VTC 2016 Fall, and will be the general co-chair of the 2017 URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, 2019 IEEE SENSORS Conference and 2021 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing Conference.

His research interests include signal processing and its applications in health, power grids, communications and compression. He has published over 175 papers in refereed journals and conferences in these areas.

He is Vice President (Membership) and Junior Past President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, President-Elect of the IEEE Sensors Council, and chair of the IEEE Montreal Section.

He has held several administrative appointments at McGill University, including Associate Chair, Chair (interim), Associate Dean and Acting Dean. He is currently the Associate Dean (Faculty Affairs) for the Faculty of Engineering at McGill.

Address:Montreal, Canada


11:00  Introduction to IEEE Vehicular Technology Society

11:10 Technical Presentation: Smart Grid within power substations: specific wireless communications challenges

12:00 Conclusion