The lockdowns owing to COVID-19 around the world have dramatically changed the way we work and live. The operations and work environment of electric (and other) utilities have also changed in the past one year. There is a greater need for power utilities to use advanced automation, remote monitoring, robotics and artificial intelligence to handle day-today operations. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Science, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Drones and other types of Robots could play crucial role in the power utilities which are more efficient, faster, reliable and economical. AI has the potential to deliver the active management that will be required for the grid of the future. Powerful intelligence will be able to balance grids, manage demand, negotiate actions, enable self-healing and facilitate a host of new products and services. Indeed, AI, will not just lend itself to the energy transition, it will also enable more efficient and effective utility operations by helping to analyse the massive amounts of data utilities gather from the digital devices. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) could automate several measurable, repeatable and predictable transactions.

Post COVID-19, the pace of digitalization efforts in all businesses including utilities are gaining rapid momentum and officials are getting used to the paper-less operations! The digital devices will generate humungous volume of data in each utility which require AI tools to analyse and transform to business intelligence. In the aftermath of the pandemic, the digital platforms have become the coveted assets for utilities in their business continuity and resiliency; and this movement towards digitalization is irreversible. Emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science and Advanced Analytics, Blockchain, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Robotics will radically revolutionize the utility domain in the near future.


  1. To present and discuss the potential of AI, ML and Robotics in utilities
  2. To present the state-of-the-art technologies and tools relevant for utilities in AI, ML and Robotics
  3. To discuss and present successful Case Studies of different AL, ML and Robotics Applications


Session Agenda: 15th June 2021 | 20.00 to 21.30 Manila Time | 17.30 to 19.00 India Time

Time (Manila) Session Details
08:00-08:10 p.m. Welcome Address and Introduction to the Workshop
Reji Kumar Pillai, President - ISGF and Chairman - GSEF
08:10-08:30 p.m. Theme Presentation:
Amit Kumar Pandey, President, Hanson Robotics, France
08:30-09:00 p.m. Session 1: AI Techniques for Data Driven Smart Utilities - A Paradigm Shift in Utility Operations

  • AI and ML Techniques Relevant to Utility Applications
  • Business Drivers and Benefits of AI Applications for Utilities
  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for Utilities


  1. Amitava Ghosh, Bidgley
  2. Ashutosh Nataraj, Vidrona, UK
  3. Presentation

  4. Shishir Shekhar, Mathworks, USA
  5. Vigneshwaran Venkateswaran, IBM

Moderator: Reena Suri, Executive Director, ISGF

09:00-09:25 p.m. Session 2: Select Case Studies

  1. Sumit Gupta, AssetPlus, India
  2. Presentation

  3. Amit Kumar Pandey, Hanson Robotics, France
09:25-09:30 p.m. Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks
Bindeshwary Rai, ISGF

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India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF)

The India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) is a public private partnership initiative of Govt. of India with the mandate of accelerating smart grid deployments across the country. With 170+ members comprising of ministries, utilities, technology providers, academia and research, ISGF has evolved as a Think-Tank of global repute on Smart Energy and Smart Cities. Mandate of ISGF is to accelerate energy transition through clean energy, electric grid modernization and electric mobility; work with national and international agencies in standards development and help utilities, regulators and the Industry in technology selection, training and capacity building.

Global Smart Energy Federation (GSGF)

The Global Smart Energy Federation (GSEF), formerly known as Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), is a global stakeholder organization committed to creating smarter, cleaner electrical systems around the world and is comprised of national smart grid associations, forward-looking utilities, and think tanks from around the globe working in the energy transition and clean transportation. GSEF brings together the intellectual capital of smart energy stakeholders from around the world to help member organizations initiate changes to their countries’ energy systems to enhance security, increase flexibility, reduce emissions, and maintain affordability, reliability, and accessibility to clean energy and promote clean transportation.

Point of Contact

Reena Suri, ISGF