Smart grid concept has been reinforcing its importance urging the need for efficient and realistic solutions that make it successful in practice. The impact of smart grid in transmission and distribution networks poses new technical and economic challenges that require innovative solutions. These solutions should prove to adequately work for tomorrow networks, being able to face the new requirements, including the integration of renewable based generation, energy storage systems, electric vehicles, and demand response. Technical solutions and business models must be supported by adequate data analysis and mining so that the future dynamic and competitive environment challenge can be fully addressed. This is the focus of the panel on "Data Mining Applications for Smart Grids", which will involve both academic and industrial panelists presenting innovative and realistic applications.