David Hill
IEEE Circuits and Systems Society joint Chapter of the Vancouver/Victoria Sections
Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences (IRMACS) Centre, SFU, Coast to Coast Seminar Spring 2012

Speaker: Dr. David Hill
Ausgrid Chair of Electrical Engineering
University of Sydney

Title: Planning and Control of Massive Networks
(Presentation is available in pdf format.)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 16:00 - 17:00
ASB 10901 (IRMACS Boardroom), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada


The modernization of infrastructure networks requires coordinated planning and control. Considering traffic networks and electricity grids raises similar issues on how to achieve substantial new capabilities of effectiveness and efficiency. For instance, power grids need to integrate renewable energy sources and electric vehicles. It is clear that all this can only be achieved by greater reliance on systematic planning in the presence of uncertainty and sensing, communications, computing and control on an unprecedented scale, these days captured in the term `smart grids'. This talk will outline current research on planning future grids and control of smart grids. In particular, the possible roles of network science will be emphasized and the challenges arising.


David J. Hill received the BE (Electrical Engineering) and BSc (Mathematics) degrees from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1972 and 1974, respectively. He received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 1977. He currently holds the Ausgrid Chair of Electrical Engineering and an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is also a Senior Principal Researcher in National ICT Australia. His general research interests are in network systems, stability analysis, distributed control and applications to infrastructure type networks, especially the control and planning of power systems. His work is now mainly on smart grid control and future energy networks. Prof. Hill is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, USA, the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He is also a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

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