IEEE / UBC ECE Communications Seminar

19 July 2016 @ 15:30 – 16:30
Room 418, Macleod Building, UBC
2356 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Prof. VIncent Wong

Title: Algorithms and Communications for Smart Grids: Knowing and Controlling Power Consumption

Presented by: Prof. Chris Develder, Ghent University, Belgium

Abstract: The modern power grid is facing various challenges that gave rise to the adoption of smart grids. One such challenge is the increasing penetration of distributed renewable energy sources (DRES), another the anticipated electrification of transportation (i.e., electric vehicles). Part of the smart grid solution lies in demand response (DR) approaches to try and match the available production by adapting the flexibility in power consumption, i.e., shift consumption in time. Further, the fact that renewable sources are dispersed into the distribution networks, calls for enhanced monitoring of these parts of the grid. This presentation will highlight research that mainly pertains to “knowing” power consumption, as a necessary condition for “controlling” it. Starting with the latter, we will highlight sample case studies on DR algorithms. Then, we’ll focus on results from data analytics on clustering and modeling user behavior, in terms of total power consumption and the flexible portion thereof (e.g., in electric vehicle charging). Finally, we will briefly illustrate how communication network middleware can support smart grid applications, showing results from the European project C-DAX, which demonstrated PMU-based real-time state estimation in a real-life distribution grid.

Biography: Chris Develder is an Associate Professor with the research group IBCN of the Dept. of Information Technology (INTEC) at Ghent University – iMinds, Ghent, Belgium. He currently leads two research teams within IBCN, one on information retrieval and extraction, the other on smart grids. His research interests also still include optical networks (dimensioning, modeling, optimization, esp. for grid/cloud computing). Chris received the MSc degree in computer science engineering and a PhD in electrical engineering from Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium), in July 1999 and December 2003 respectively (as a fellow of the Research Foundation, FWO). From Jan. 2004 to Aug. 2005, he worked for OPNET Technologies, on (optical) network design and planning. In September 2005, he re-joined INTEC as a postdoctoral researcher, and as a postdoctoral fellow of the FWO since October 2006 (until 2012). In Oct. 2007 he obtained a part-time, and since Feb. 2010 a fulltime professorship at Ghent University. He has stayed as a research visitor at UC Davis (Jul.-Oct. 2007), CA, USA and at Columbia University, NY, USA (Jan. 2013 – Jun. 2015). He was and is involved in various national and European research projects (e.g., FP7 Geysers, FP7 Increase, FP7 C-DAX). He regularly serves as reviewer/TPC member for international journals and conferences (IEEE Trans. Smart Grid, IEEE/OSA JLT, IEEE/OSA JOCN, IEEE/ACM Trans. Networking, Computer Networks, IEEE Network, IEEE JSAC, IEEE Communications Magazine; IEEE Globecom, IEEE ICC, IEEE SmartGridComm, ACM SIGIR, ACM CIKM, etc.). He is Senior Member of IEEE and Member of ACM.

*Co-sponsored by the IEEE Vancouver Joint Communications Chapter