Title :

Computational Intelligence for Optimal Operation of Power and Energy Systems

Speaker :

Prof. G. Kumar Venayagamoorthy

Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Clemson University, USA

Venue :

Room 215, William M. W. Mong Engineering Building, CUHK

Date :

Dec 13, 2012, Thursday
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Abstract :

The smart electric power grid will evolve into a very complex adaptive and reconfigurable power and energy system under semi-autonomous distributed control. Its spatial and temporal complexity, non-convexity, non-linearity, non-stationarity, variability and uncertainties exceed the characteristics found in today’s traditional power system. The distributed integration of intermittent sources of energy and energy storage, such plug-in electric vehicles, in the electric power grid further adds complexity and challenges for its effective management and operation. Innovative technologies are needed to handle the growing complexity, stochastic bidirectional optimal power flows, and maximization of penetration of renewable energy and utilization of available energy storage.

Smart grids will need to be monitored continuously to maintain stability, reliability and efficiency under normal and abnormal operating conditions and disturbances. A combination of capabilities for forecasting, predictive state estimation, dynamic power flow, system optimization, and solution practicability verification and validation will be necessary. The optimization and control systems for a smart grid environment will require innovative information and computational capabilities to handle the uncertainties and variability that exist. Intelligent technologies needed for decision-making, control and optimization in a smart grid environment will be presented in this talk.

Biography :

Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, in 2002. He is the Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University, Clemson, USA. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), Rolla, USA. He was a Visiting Researcher with ABB Corporate Research, Sweden, in 2007. Dr. Venayagamoorthy is Founder and Director of the Real-Time Power and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (http://rtpis.org). His research interests are in the development and applications of advanced computational algorithms for real-world applications, including power systems stability and control, smart grid applications, sensor networks and signal processing. He has published 2 edited books, 6 book chapters, and over 90 refereed journals papers and 290 refereed conference proceeding papers.

Dr. Venayagamoorthy is a recipient of several awards including a 2008 US National Science Foundation (NSF) Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Award, a 2007 US Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award, a 2004 NSF CAREER Award, the 2010 Innovation Award from St. Louis Academy of Science, the 2010 IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Member Award, the 2006 IEEE Power and Energy Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award, and the 2003 International Neural Network Society’s Young Investigator Award. He is the recipient of the 2012 Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Generation, Transmission and Distribution Premier Award for the best research paper published during last two years for the paper “Wide area control for improving stability of a power system with plug-in electric vehicles”.

Dr. Venayagamoorthy is involved in the leadership and organization of many conferences including the co-Chair of the 2013 IEEE Symposium of Computational Intelligence Applications in Smart Grid (CIASG). He is currently the Chair of the IEEE PES Working Group on Intelligent Control Systems, the Founder and Chair of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Task Force on Smart Grid, and the Chair of the IEEE PES Intelligent Systems Subcommittee. He is currently an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Dr. Venayagamoorthy is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the IET, UK, and the SAIEE.

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