Prof. Kevin Tomsovic at the Wilson Lecture Series - ECE fall 2021
Analysis and Simulation for Modern Power Grids
Power system analysis has long relied on large scale computer modeling of well-understood physical models and generally agreed upon simplifications, such as, the separation of transmission and distribution, ZIP models for aggregate loads, and so on. Recent trends in the grid, such as, increasing numbers of inverter based resources, requires a rethinking of the models and these underlying assumptions. Beyond the increase in power electronic interfaced devices, the growing importance of the communication network; a more actively controlled distribution system and new performance requirements for reliability and resilience requires new approaches. This talk will review some of our research in CURENT using both software and hardware simulation as well as analytic methods for this changing system.
Bio of professor Kevin Tomsovic
Kevin Tomsovic is currently CTI Professor in the Dept. of EECS at University of Tennessee, and director of CURENT, a National Science Foundation and Department of Energy Engineering Research Center. He received his BS degree from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, in 1982, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from University of Washington, Seattle, in 1984 and 1987, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He has held positions at Washington State University, National Cheng Kung University, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Royal Institute of Technology, and Kumamoto University. He was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation in the Electrical and Communications Systems division of the Engineering directorate from 2004-2006. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. His research focuses on control and computational methods for the electric power grid.