Arnaud Ulian

Head of Department

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After having held a number of operational management positions in the electric distribution domain in France for ERDF (Enedis today) and in Germany for EnBW since 1995 (planning, control center, network operations, engineering, metering, …), I decided to take on an active and central role in the Smart Grid revolution, thereby coupling my passion for innovation and change management with the need to prepare the future of the electric power system. From 2011 to 2014, I joined the Strategy division of ERDF where I played a key role in modernising the French DSO, in particular when I set up a number of Smart Grid pilot projects in France (VENTEEA, SOGrid, Smart Grid Vendée) and in Europe (evolvDSO). It was within these projects that I successfully tested and applied the Use Case methodology as well as model-driven engineering to support industrial actors in their digital transformation towards Smart Grids. During this time, I also actively contributed to defining ERDF’s telecommunication master plan as well as ensuring cybersecurity requirements were comprehensively taken into account for ERDF’s industrial systems. In June 2014, I joined EDF R&D where I am Head of a Department of 100 research engineers whose activities focus essentially on Smart Grids and Smart Metering. My multidisciplinary teams are at the forefront of many Smart Grid domains and actively contribute to the industrial and digital transformation of EDF’s business entities. Since 2012 I have also been heavily involved in Smart Grid standardization activities at a European and International level. In particular I am convenor of the IEC Working Group in charge of publishing Generic Smart Grid Requirements (see IEC/TS 62913 series) based on a common Use Case methodology in order to implement the IEC’s System Approach. In April 2016, I was appointed chairman of IEC TC57 (Power systems management and associated information exchange), the IEC Technical Committee which plays a key role in delivering interoperable worldwide Smart Grid industrial standards.
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