The 27th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics ( was held June 13-15 2018. It was hosted at the Cairns Convention Center and included numerous topics such as Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems, Power Systems and Smart Grids in one of the 15 Technical Tracks and another 23 Special Sessions.

Stefan Wilker presented the work “A Multi-Agent-Based Middleware for the Development of Complex Architectures” by his colleague Dr. Alexander Wendt in the Signal Processing & AI track, in which the created middleware solution for the KORE project is presented. He also presented the results and benefits of the RASSA Reference Architecture in “Smart Grid Reference Architecture, Approach on a Secure and Model-Driven Implementation” in the Power Systems & Smart Grids track.

Marcus Meisel presented the results of the successful project completion of iniGrid in the paper “Using Smart Breakers for Demand Side Management in Smart Grids” also in the Power Systems & Smart Grids track.

Dr. Michael Rathmair presented the “LightClockV2 – A Motivation for Teaching Scalable Digital Hardware Design” in the Engineering Education track.

All listed works have been published in the Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE 27th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE).

About 300 to 350 participants from all over the world gathered in the CCC. In contrast to the previous year, a shift in the country of origin of the participants was noted, which can be justified by the long journey to Australia. As a special surprise to the conference attendees, there was a short Pamagirri Aboriginal dance performance, one of many popular tourist attractions.

From our own experience, we can now confirm that the friendliness of the Australians is by no means a rumor. We hope to return to Australia!