About the Event
The power network is undergoing a fundamental transformation. Future smart grid, especially on the distribution system, will be a large-scale network of distributed energy resources (DERs), each introducing random and rapid fluctuations in power supply, demand, voltage and frequency. These DERs provide tremendous opportunity for sustainability, efficiency, and power reliability. However, there are daunting technical challenges in managing these DERs and optimizing their operation. In this talk, I will focus on how to develop scalable, distributed, and real-time control and optimization to achieve system-wide efficiency, reliability, and robustness for the future power grid. In particular I will present how to explore the power network structure to design efficient and distributed market and algorithms for the energy management. I will also talk about how to connect the algorithms with physical dynamics and existing control mechanisms for the real-time control in power networks.
Na Li is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Control and Dynamical Systems at California Institute of Technology. Before that, she received her B.S. degree at Department of Mathematics, from ZheJiang University in China in 2007. She was awarded the best student paper award finalist in 2011 IEEE Control and Decision Conference.