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What is the Smart Grid?

Ian HiskensVennema Professor of EngineeringElectrical and Computer Engineering

The seminar will establish the essential characteristics of a "smart grid" and discuss emerging trends in electricity generation and supply. The consequences of increased renewable generation and widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles will be explored, while reviewing the strategies for which the grid will be integrated into our world.
Dr. Hiskens' primary research interests lie in the analysis of nonlinear (hybrid) systems, in particular system dynamics and control, and numerical techniques. Power systems form his primary applications focus. Current projects include large-scale integration of wind generation, grid controllability, system integration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), dynamics and control of microgrids, and the development of methods for analyzing the impact of uncertainty on system dynamic performance. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Research and Education in Power System Dynamics (IREP), Treasurer of the IEEE Systems Council, and a member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Power System Dynamic Performance Committee. Professor Hiskens is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia.

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