Information and Control in Smart Grids

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 11:00am - 12:00pm EST

  • Location:Dibner Building , LC 400
    NY, US

Speaker: Professor Xinghuo Yu

Faculty Host: Professor Zhong-Ping Jiang

Smart Grids are large-scale electric networks that can intelligently integrate the actions of all users (e.g. generators and consumers) in order to efficiently deliver sustainable, economic and secure electricity supplies. They employ innovative products and services together with intelligent monitoring, control, communication, and self-healing technologies for better connection and operation of generators and distributors, flexible choice for consumers, and reliability and security of electricity supply.

The sheer size and complexity of Smart Grids are posing new research challenges in information and control, requiring rethinking of the existing research paradigms and new generation of theories and. In this talk, we will first introduce the basics of Smart Grids and then discuss some of their recent developments, especially those potential research issues associated with information and control. Some of our recent research projects relating to Smart Grids will also be discussed.

About the Speaker
Xinghuo Yu received BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei China, in 1982 and 1984, and PhD degree from South-East University, Nanjing China in 1988, respectively. He is now with RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), Melbourne Australia, where he is the Founding Director of RMIT’s Platform Technologies Research Institute. Professor Yu's research interests include variable structure and nonlinear control, complex and intelligent systems and industrial applications. He has published over 400 refereed papers in technical journals, books and conference proceedings.

Professor Yu is serving as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part I, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and several other scholarly journals. He received an award under the Thousand Talents Program of the Chinese Government in 2010, a Chang Jiang Scholar (Chair Professor) Award from the Ministry of Education of China in 2009, the 1995 Central Queensland University Vice Chancellor's Award for Research, and was made Emeritus Professor of Central Queensland University in 2002 for his long term contributions.

Professor Yu is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. He is also Vice-President for Publications and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. Professor Yu is currently Chair of the Technical Committee on Smart Grids of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.