GRADUATE SEMINAR - "Transactive Control: A Novel Technology for Smart Grids", by Dr. Anuradha Annaswamy, Senior Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Education - Colloquium - WPI Only

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Atwater Kent
AK 116
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609
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The 21st century is witnessing a prodigious change in energy landscape with the arrival of renewable sources such as wind and solar, global concerns of sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions, and dwindling resources of fossil fuels. The obvious advantages of reduced operational costs and emissions, obtainable with renewables such as off-shore wind-farms and solar-panels on individual buildings, are accompanied with the challenges of intermittency and distributed availability. The idea behind a Smart Grid is the creation of a dynamic, cyber-physical infrastructure that meets these challenges via a flexible, intelligent, and networked grid that plans, controls, and delivers power to meet demand over an entire region.

Solutions already exist for many individual challenges facing the adoption of smart grid technology, yet full realization still requires a vision for dynamic control with coordination of numerous processes and constituents across the spectrum of energy activities. A central component in realizing this vision is Transactive Control, an architecture that enables efficient participation of the renewable energy producers in the market while ensuring reliable power delivery. In this talk, the innovative scenarios that can shape the energy landscape and realize the revolutionary benefits of smart grid technologies, the role of transactive control, the associated research challenges, and recent illustrations will be presented.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Annaswamy (F02) has held faculty positions at several universities including Yale University, Boston University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is currently the Director of the Active Adaptive Control Laboratory and a Senior Research Scientist with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT. Her research interests pertain to adaptive control theory and applications to aerospace and automotive systems, active control of noise in thermofluid systems, active emission control, and control of smart buildings and smart grid.

Dr. Annaswamy is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She was the recipient of the George Axelby Outstanding Paper Award from IEEE Control Systems Society in 1988, the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1991, the Hans Fisher Senior Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study at the Technical University of Munich in 2008, and the Donald Groen Julius Prize for 2008 from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Suggested Audiences: College

Phone: 508-831-6405

Last Modified: October 4, 2013 at 9:38 AM

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