History of PMAPS
The International Conference on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems fills a needed role in the power engineering community by providing a regular forum for engineers and scientists worldwide to interact around the common theme of power engineering decision problems under uncertainty. Looking back across all of the nine conferences, one sees a rich history of excellence. The following summarizes the series.
PMAPS was first held in June, 1986, in Toronto, Canada, organized by Samy Krishnasamy, of what was then Ontario Hydro. It was called the International Symposium on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems. There were about 75 papers presented, and about 180 attendees from 15 countries attended the Symposium. At that time a temporary International Council on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems (PMAPS) was formed with members from North America, Europe and Asia. The purpose of the Council was to assist in the selection of venues for the conferences and to provide continuity.
The surprising large interest in attending the first symposium resulted in the second symposium, held in September 1988 in Oakland, California, organized by Samy Krishnasamy and Richard Kennon of the Electric Power Research Institute. There were 45 papers presented at the Oakland Symposium, with over 150 attendees.
The third PMAPS Symposium (from then on it is called Conference) was held in July 1991, in London, England, organized by Professor Ron Allan and sponsored by IEE. There were 59 papers included in the proceedings.
The fourth PMAPS Conference was held in September 1994, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, sponsored by Eletrobras and the World Energy Council. There were 71 papers included in the proceedings with about 150 attendees. Four tutorials were organized.
The fifth PMAPS Conference was held in September 1997, in Vancouver Canada, organized by Fred Turner of BC Hydro. There were 92 papers in the proceedings, and attendance was about 180. Also, 2 panel discussions and 1 tutorial were organized for this conference. Immediately after the fifth PMAPS in Vancouver, the PMAPS International Society was incorporated with Roy Billinton, Samy Krishnasamy and Fred Turner as directors. The PMAPS International Society is comprised of the directors, the local organizing committee chair of the immediately preceding conference, and the local organizing committee chair of the next conference.
The sixth PMAPS was held in September, 2000, in Madeira Island, Portugal, organized by Vladimiro Miranda of INESC Porto and the University of Porto. There were 100 papers included in the proceedings plus an additional 16 in a small parallel event called RIMAPS’2000 aimed at European young researchers. Professor Ron Allan was recognized with a special honoring for his work in the development of probabilistic methods applied to power systems.
The seventh PMAPS was held in September, 2002, in Naples Italy, organized by Alfredo Testa of the University of Naples and Guido Carpinelli of the University of Cassino. There were 150 papers included in the proceedings; 3 tutorials and 9 special sessions were also organized for this conference. Professor Roy Billinton was recognized with a special honoring for his work in the development of probabilistic methods applied to power systems.
The eighth PMAPS was held in September, 2004, in Ames, Iowa USA at the Iowa State University, organized by Jim McCalley of ISU. There were 173 papers included in the proceedings, and 3 tutorials, 2 workshops, and 11 special sessions were organized for the conference. The conference was attended by over 200 people. Dr. John Endrenyi was recognized with a special honoring for his work in the development of probabilistic methods applied to power systems.
The ninth PMAPS was held in June, 2006, in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), organized by Lina Bertling. There were 192 papers from 35 countries included in the proceedings, and 3 tutorials, 6 workshops, and 38 special sessions were organized for the conference. The conference was attended by 318 people. The conference was concluded by the announcement of the winning proposal for hosting the next conference for 2008 in Rincón, Puerto Rico hosted by the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez.
World Wide PMAPS
1986 - Toronto, Canada, S. Krishnasamy, Ontario Hydro
1988 - Oakland, California, S. Krishnasamy & R. Kennon, EPRI
1991 - London, England, R. Allan, IEE
1994 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Eletrobras & World Energy Council
1997 - Vancouver Canada, F. Turner, BC Hydro
2000- Madeira Island, Portugal, V. Miranda, INESC Porto & Univ. of Porto
2002 - Naples Italy, A. Testa, Univ. of Naples, G. Carpinelli, Univ.of Cassino
2004 - Ames, Iowa, J. McCalley, Iowa State University
2006 - Stockholm, Sweden, L. Bertling, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)