Over the next several years, the electric power grid will be infused with dramatically
increased levels of sensors, communications, networks, computation, and control components. A major motivation for this change is to integrate large quantities of renewable electric energy. Additional motivations come from: the management of peak load, cost efficient delivery of electric energy, power system reliability and security, and customer empowerment. We will discuss major research problems that need to be addressed to realize these visions of the future of the electric grid. Our focus will be on problems arising from increased uncertainty and variability, architectures and algorithms for distributed management and control of energy resources. We will describe the technical questions, current state-of-the-art, and future possibilities. The goal is to give the audience a good overview and a starting point for their own explorations in this emerging research area.