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Fishbowl Seminar: The Smart grid: Opportunities and Challenges

April 3, 2012 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


The smart grid efforts are focused, among other tasks, on getting better use of abundant data coming from various sources across the smart grid domains. The amount of substation data will increase in the future due to continued deployment of new sensors, intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) and other embedded systems based on innovative IT infrastructures. This seminar lecture focuses on better understanding the features of smart grid data that affect various data management and processing requirements such as front-end data processing, accuracy, time synchronization, communication and eventually the data analytics for conversion of data to information. Some innovative smart grid applications enabled by the data integration and management are also discussed. The purpose of the seminar is to point out cross disciplinary issues that might attract researchers to engage in smart grid multidisciplinary research.



Dr. Mladen Kezunovic is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and holds the Eugene E. Webb Endowed Professorship.  He worked for Westinghouse Electric in the U.S.A. as a Systems Engineer on development of the first all-digital substation during 1979-1980 and for Energoinvest Company in Europe as the Technical Lead for substation automation development during 1980-86. He also spent sabbaticals at EdF’s Research Centre in Clamart, France in 1999/2000 and at the University of Hong Kong in the fall of 2007. Dr. Kezunovic served as a consultant to over 50 utilities and vendors worldwide. He is TAMU Site Director of the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSerc), and Deputy Director of The PHEV/BEV Center for Transportation and Electricity Convergence (CTEC), both Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRCs) of the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Kezunovic acted as a PI on close to 100 R&D projects ranging from implementation of real-time and open-loop digital simulators for relay testing to software solutions for automated analysis of faults and power quality disturbances. His current research activity is related to development of new concepts for smart grid implementation including substation automation, approaches to condition-based asset management, new applications in relaying and control, and new uses of electrical vehicles and consumer electronics. He published more than 400 papers and has given over 100 invited lectures, short courses and seminars around the world. He is an IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Speaker, CIGRE member, and registered PE in Texas. He is the recipient of the Inaugural 2011 IEEE Educational Activities Board Standards Education Award “for educating students and engineers about the importance and benefits of interoperability standards.”



April 3, 2012
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm