18-21 August 2020
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PMAPS history

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 following symposiums and conferences.

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.


Past conferences

  • PMAPS 1988, Oakland, California. 45 presenters with over 150 attendees. Organized by Samy Krishnasamy and Richard Kennon of the Electric Power Research Institute.
  • PMAPS 1991, London, England. 59 papers. Organized by Professor Ron Allan and sponsored by IEE.
  • PMAPS 1994, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 150 attendees, 71 papers, 4 tutorials. Sponsored by Eletrobras and the World Energy Council.
  • PMAPS 1997, Vancouver, CA. 180 attendees, 92 papers, 2 panels, 1 tutorial. Organized by Fred Turner of BC Hydro.
  • PMAPS 2000, Madeira Island, Portugal. 100 papers with 16 additional papers in the parallel event, RIMAPS, geared toward young researchers. Organized by Vladimiro Miranda of INESC Porto and the University of Porto. Professor Ron Allan was recognized with a special honoring for his work in the development of probabilistic methods applied to power systems.
  • PMAPS 2002, Naples, Italy. 150 papers, 3 tutorials, 9 special sessions. Organized by Alfredo Testa of the University of Naples and Guido Carpinelli of the University of Cassino. Recognized Professor Roy Billinton.
  • PMAPS 2004, Ames, Iowa. 173 papers, 200 attendees, 11 special sessions, 3 tutorials, 2 workshops. Organized by Jim McCalley of ISU. Recognized Dr. John Endrenyi.
  • PMAPS 2006, Stockholm, Sweden. 318 attendees, 192 papers from 35 countries, 38 special sessions, 6 workshops, 3 tutorials. Organized by Lina Bertling.
  • PMAPS 2008, Rincón, Puerto Rico. 101 attendees from 30 countries, 86 papers. Organized by the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez. Recognized Professor Chanan Singh.
  • PMAPS 2010, Singapore, Phillipines. Paper submissions from 26 countries, 165 attendees including a large percentage of students. Organized by the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Singapore Chapter, with the IEEE PES as the technical co-sponsor and the Nanyang Technological University & National University of Singapore as co-organizers. Recognized Professor Armando M. Leite da Silva.
  • PMAPS 2012, Istanbul, Turkey. 233 attendees from 50 countries, 177 papers. Organized by Aydogan Ozdemir. Recognized Professor Wenyuan Li.
  • PMAPS 2014, Durham, England. 102 papers presented, 138 attendees from 33 countries. Professor George Anders received the PMAPS Merit Award
  • PMAPS 2016, Beijing, China. 177 papers presented, 230 attendees from 37 countries. Professor Mahmoud Fotouhi Firouzabad received the PMAPS Merit Award.
  • PMAPS 2018, Boise, USA. 155 papers presented.


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