Prof. Dr Aydogan Ozdemir is a Professor at Istanbul Technical University. His current research interests are in the area of electric power system with emphasis on reliability analysis, modern tools (neural networks, fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms, etc.) for power system modelling, analysis and control, and high-voltage engineering. He was the principal investigator of Smart Electric Energy and Buildings Energy Efficiency Technologies (SEEMBEET) bilateral project comprising researchers from Turkey and Greece. The project is conducted between 2014 and 2016, with the main focus on advanced energy management in an experimental microgrid with PV panels, wind turbine, batteries and controllable loads. The project also included the development of quasi-steady-state models through combined simulation (co-simulation) using PSCAD and MATLAB software to test the extreme cases and long-term operation. Impacts of microgrids over LV distribution networks are also investigated at the last stage of the project. Currently, he is the principal investigator of Grid Responsive Society through Building Automation Systems (GReSBAS) international project supported by ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus initiative. Dr Ozdemir is a Senior Member of IEEE PES and a member of National Chamber of Turkish Electrical Engineering. He is the coordinator of the GaMDER project team.

Prof. Dr Mustafa Bagriyanik graduated from Electrical Engineering (EE) Department of Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. He obtained both his MSc, and PhD. degrees in EE also from Istanbul Technical University. He was s a research associate at Texas A&M, Department of Electrical Engineering. Currently, he is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey. His current research interests are power system analysis and application of intelligent methods in electrical engineering. He is the director of Distribution Automation Laboratory and Smart Electrical Distribution Systems Research Group of ITU. He is the supervisor of several ongoing projects with distribution companies. The laboratory provides a test bed for innovative power system projects regarding smart distribution systems and building energy efficiency technologies.

Dr. Unal Kucuk is the R&D director at MAKEL Company. He leads several R&D projects comprising building automation, led lighting and switchgear equipment. The company has been designing, developing and improving several kinds of electricity meters and relevant communication devices for grid applications in many projects. All MAKEL meters support IEC and EN protocols for data exchange in a smart grid environment. MAKEL has also started developing KNX based building automation systems in 2014.

Dr. Filipe Joel Soares is senior researcher at INESC TEC. The institute has an extensive experience in distribution grids operation and planning with the presence of distributed flexible resources, due to the participation in several National and EU R&D projects. Some of the most relevant EU projects for GReSBAS are FP7 projects MERGE, SuSTAINABLE, evolvDSO and ELECTRA. In the specific area of DR, INESC TEC has recently started developing activities in the EU H2020 projects AnyPLACE, UPGRID and SENSIBLE.

Mustafa Alparslan Zehir received his BSc in 2010 and MSc in 2012 from Istanbul Technical University (ITU). In 2008 and 2009, he was a member of ITU Solar Car Team and Powerbee Wind Energy Project Team. He is presently research and teaching assistant and PhD candidate at ITU. He is also a student researcher in GReSBAS (Grid Responsive Society Through Building Automation Systems) project. His research fields are electric power distribution, energy management systems, distributed generation, microgrids and demand response.

António Barbosa is research assistant at INESC TEC. He is a part of Power and Energy Cluster in the Centre of Power and Energy systems. He is working on automation and IT systems, covering data acquisition, database development, management and web applications.