Smart Grid

Securing our Energy Delivery Infrastructure

FESC Expertise and Resources in Smart Grids and Energy Storage

To reduce system-wide power outages and for more stable and reliable power delivery, the Consortium is pursuing research in microgrids and smartgrids. Microgrids provide islanding capabilities allowing grids to separate from each other. This streamlines integration of both stationary and non-stationary energy storage devices. Smartgrids allow control strategies and two way communications via Smart Meter system, provide intelligent energy management and improve energy efficiency.

Core Faculty and Research Expertise

Faculty University Expertise Position/Department
Gabriel Alsenas FAU Knowledge Thrust: Other

Hydrokinetic energy conversion, ocean turbine dynamometer – Hydrokinetic Energy Conversion; 22 kW Ocean Turbine Dynamometer; Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)

Director, SE National Marine Renewable Energy Center
Bill Laing FAU Knowledge Thrust: Other

Hydrokinetic energy conversion, ocean turbine dynamometer – Hydrokinetic Energy Conversion; 22 kW Ocean Turbine Dynamometer; Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)

Energy Systems Engineer, SE National Marine Renewable Energy Center
Mohammad Ilyas FAU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability

High-speed communication networks (wireless, sensor, optics, traffic management, healthcare)

Professor, Computer and Electrical Engineering
Kemal Akkaya FIU Knowledge Thrust: Grid Security

Wireless and Network Security; User Privacy in Smart Grid; Internet of Things and Ad Hoc Networks

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Selcuk Uluagac FIU Knowledge Thrust: Grid Security

Cybersecurity and privacy with an emphasis on its practical and applied aspects

Assistant Professor, Director, Cyber-Physical Systems Security Lab (CSL), Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Jason Liu FIU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability

Parallel and distributed discrete-event simulation; High-performance simulation and modeling of large-scale computer networks.

Associate Professor, Engineering and Computing
Osama Mohammed FIU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability; Power Systems; Systems Integration

Power System Operations and Control; Artificial Intelligence Applications to Power Systems; Energy conservation and alternate energy sources;

Electromagnetic Field Modeling and computations; Asynchronous Learning Networks and Educational Methods

Professor and Director of the Energy Systems Research Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Shu-ching Chen FIU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability

Distributed Multimedia Database Systems; Database Management; Multimedia Data Mining; Multimedia Systems, GIS

Eminent Scholar Chaired Professor, School of Computing and Information Sciences
Stavros V. Georgakopoulos FIU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability; Power Systems

Wireless communications and wireless sensor networks; Smart, On-chip, miniaturized, High frequency (HF) antennas; Broadband analysis of RF propagation for wireless communication systems; RFID; Computational and applied electromagnetics

Associate Professor,

Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

Tao Li FIU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability

Large scale data mining; Knowledge discovery

Professor, Computer Science
Charles McClure FSU Knowledge Thrust: Socio-economics

Information policy research

Director, Information Use Management & Policy Institute
Chris Edrington FSU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability; Power Systems

Control systems; Applied power electronics; Electrical machinery/variable speed drives; Renewable energy sources that utilizes cutting edge theory and technology

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Hui Li FSU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability; Power Systems

Power Electronics

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Karl Schoder FSU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability; Power Systems

Electric power systems; Control and automation strategies for electric power systems; Soft computing; Distributed algorithms; Medium voltage AC and DC shipboard electric power systems; Large-scale electric power systems on the transmission level, i.e., Florida’s grid

Research Faculty, Center for Advanced Power Systems
Linda DeBrunner FSU/FAMU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability; Power Systems

Special Purpose Hardware Implementations

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ming Yu FSU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability

MAC and Routing Protocols; Network Traffic Modeling; Radio Resource Management

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mischa Steurer FSU Knowledge Thrust: Power Systems

Integration of novel high power apparatus, such as superconducting devices, power electronics converters, and novel rotating machines into power systems; Large scale hardware-in-the-loop simulations coupled to high power testing for model validation and analysis

Research Faculty, Center for Advanced Power Systems
Omar Faruque FSU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability; Power Systems; Systems Integration

Co-simulation; Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation; Modeling and simulation of FACTS; HVDC and renewable resources; Electric ship power system; Grid Integration of distributed resources and their impacts on electrical systems; Modeling and simulation of renewable energy and its impact

Assistant Professor, Center for Advanced Power Systems
Tingting Zhao FSU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability

Human ecological impacts; Remote sensing; GIS; Energy conservation; Climate change

Associate Professor,

Department of Geography

Victor DeBrunner FSU/FAMU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability; Power Systems

Signal and Image Processing

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Simon Foo FSU/FAMU Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability; Power Systems

Neural networks; Ant colony systems; Genetic algorithms; Fuzzy logic; Pattern recognition; Random number generators; Field programmable gate array (FPGA) applications

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Zhihua Qu UCF Knowledge Thrust: Power Systems

Stability of power systems, distributed control of DGs, distributed optimization and communication for smart grid, islanding operation and anti-islanding algorithm

Professor and Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Arturo Bretas UF Knowledge Thrust: Power Systems, Grid Security

Cyber-Physical Systems Security, Power Systems Operation, Control and Protection.

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sean Meyn UF Knowledge Thrust: Stochastic approximation

Renewable integration, large-scale control of the grid; capacity, control, and resource allocation; policy in energy systems

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Shuo Wang UF Knowledge Thrust: Electronics

Power Electronics, Electrical Power, Electromagnetic Interference, Electric Vehicles, Green Energy Conversion and Grid Integration

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mark Tehranipoor UF Knowledge Thrust: Grid Security

Hardware Security and Trust, IoT Security, Supply Chain Security, Counterfeit Electronics Detection

And Prevention, Reliable Circuit Design and Analysis, and Integrated Circuits and Systems Testing

Intel Charles E. Young Preeminence Endowed Chair Professor in Cybersecurity, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Erik Deumens UF Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability

Modeling, and computation of complex, novel molecular and materials systems; Electronic structure of materials in condensed phase, in solution and as nano structures; Time dependent electronic and molecular dynamics simulations;

Parallel programming at the petascale using the Super Instruction Architecture to describe electronic structure of large complex systems (http://www.qtp.ufl.edu/ACES)

Director, UF Information Technology – Research Computing and scientist in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics.
Haniph Latchman UF Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability; Power Systems

Mathematical systems theory; Control systems

Communication theory; Data communication networks; Multimedia information systems

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Herman Lam UF Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability

Distributed computing; Service-oriented architecture; Web-services; Grid services; Distributed object technology; Database management; Computer architecture for non-numerical processing; Computer aided digital hardware design; Microprocessor-based design

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Janice McNair UF Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability

Computer networks; Wireless and mobile networking; Sensor networks; Mobility and handoff management; Security and authentication

Medium access control

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jose Fortes UF Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability

Network computing; Advanced computing architecture; Biologically inspired nanocomputing;

Distributed information processing systems

Professor and AT&T Eminent Scholar, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mark Jamison UF Knowledge Thrust: Socio-economics

Leadership and Strategy, Competition and Pricing, Cost Analysis, Universal Service

Director, Public Utility Research Center
Shigang Chen UF Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability

Wireless networking (traffic engineering and security), Internet security (worms, DDoS, malware, and spreader detection), network algorithms and protocols

Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Ted Kury UF Knowledge Thrust: Socio-economics

Regulatory Policy, Energy Risk Management, Energy Policy and Regulation, Energy Pricing

Director of Energy Studies, Public Utility Research Center
Ashok Kumar USF Knowledge Thrust: Other

Nanotechnology, thin films, sensors, surface science

Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Eng., Nanomaterials & Nanomanufacturing
Huseyin Arslan USF Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability

Advanced signal processing techniques; Networking adaptivity; Wireless sensors networks and wireless telemetry; UWB, OFDM based wireless technologies with emphasis on WIMAX and IMT-Advanced

Professor and Fellow of the IEEE, Electrical Engineering
Kaushal Chari USF Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability

Software engineering; Business intelligence; Decision support systems; Information security & risk management; Distributed systems

Professor and the Chair of Information Systems & Decision Sciences
Balaji Padmanabhan USF Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability; Socio-economics

Data mining and data-driven decision making with a focus on learning from Web clickstream data; Applications such as behavioral profiling; Recommender systems and online fraud detection

Director, Center for Analytics and Creativity

Professor, Information Systems & Decision Sciences

Lingling Fan USF Knowledge Thrust: Power Systems

Renewable energy source grid integration; Modeling and control of energy systems; Large-scale power system planning and operation

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
Manish Agrawal USF Knowledge Thrust: Interoperability; Socio-economics

Software quality; Electronic intermediaries and the development of Agent-based systems for negotiations and fraud detection.

Professor, Information Systems and Decision Sciences

Infrastructure, Facilities, and Other

Industrial Collaboration and Technology Commercialization

  • Strong partnerships with various private sector entities that include FPL, TECO, Gulf Power Company, SAFT.
  • Planar Energy Devices, Intel, IBM, Varian Semiconductor, TI (Dr. K. Jones)
  • Planar Energy and Sandia National Labs (Dr. M. Orazem)
  • Partnerships with private, academic and governmental entities in the area of hydrokinetic and ocean thermal energy conversion.