IEEE International Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grids
29-31 October 2018 // Aalborg, Denmark

Data, Analytics, and Synchrophasors for Transparent Distribution Networks


Dr. Reza Arghandeh, Collaborative Intelligent Infrastructure Lab (CI2), Florida State University (workshop chair)

Dr. Hamed Mohsenian-Rad, Smart Grid Research Lab, University of California, Riverside, CA, USA

Dr. Omid Ardakanian,  Sustainable Computing Lab, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Dr. Mario Paolone, Distributed Electrical Systems laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland

Motivation and scope

In this workshop, we will focus on advanced distribution grid monitoring systems using phasor measurement units (PMUs) and their data quality, availability, analytics, and applications. Our panelists will discuss challenges, opportunities, success stories, and pathways for utilizing PMU data in power distribution networks.

The smart grid revolution has created a paradigm shift in distribution networks which is marked by significant variability and uncertainty in electricity supply and demand. This is due to the dramatic increase in the adoption of distributed energy resources (DER), electric vehicles, energy storage, and controlled loads. This transformation will impose different challenges on existing distribution infrastructure and system operation for various stockholders, operators, and customers. Moreover, distribution networks historically are lagging behind transmission networks in terms of observability, measurement accuracy, and data granularity. The recent developments in monitoring systems and sensor networks dramatically increase the variety, volume, and velocity of measurement data in the distribution level. A recent report by the Navigant estimates that the market for data analytics in the power distribution networks, including PMU data, is expected to be worth $9.7 billion by 2020.

Within this context, the panel will discuss specific use cases associated to the specific deployment of the PMU technology in power distribution networks. In particular, the panel will focus on the impact on protection systems, benefits on big-data analytics with respect to smart meters, potential use on grid parameters estimation, coupling of PMU-based situational awareness systems with dedicated optimal control strategies.

Tentative agenda:








Workshop Chairs’ Welcome

Dr. Reza Arghandeh







Presentation Session I
(2 x 30 minute talks)

Dr. Hamed Mohsenian-Rad, Dr. Mario Paolone



Coffee Break




Presentation Session II
(2 x 30 minute talks)

Dr. Reza Arghandeh, Dr. Omid Ardakanian



Panel Session
- Q&A on the sessions
- feedback from the audience
- impact & recommendations to the ICT industry

Dr. Mohsenian-Rad, Dr. Paolone, Dr. Arghandeh, Dr. Ardakanian



Adjourn and End of Workshop




Dr. Reza Arghandeh is an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Eng Dept, Florida State University, and the director of Collaborative Intelligent Infrastructure Lab (CI2). He has been a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley's California Institute for Energy and Environment 2013-2015. He completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in power systems at Virginia Tech. He holds MS degrees in Industrial and System Engineering from Virginia Tech 2013 and in Energy Systems from the University of Manchester 2008. From 2011 to 2013, he was a power system software designer at Electrical Distribution Design Inc. in Virginia. Dr. Arghandeh’s research interests include, but are not limited to data analysis and decision support for smart grids. He is the chair of the IEEE Task Force on Big Data Application for Power Distribution Network.

Dr. Hamed Mohsenian-Rad is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, an Associate Director of the Winston Chung Global Energy Center, Director of the UC-National Lab Center for Power Distribution Cyber Security, and Director of the Smart Grid Research Lab at the University of California, Riverside, CA, USA. His research interests include modeling, data analytics, and optimization of power systems and smart grids. He has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, a Best Paper Award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) General Meeting, and a Best Paper Award from the IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications. Two of his papers are currently ranked as the two most cited journal articles in the field of smart grids. Dr. Mohsenian-Rad received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 2008. He currently serves as an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, an Editor of the IEEE Power Engineering Letters, a Vice-Chair of the IEEE Smart Grid Communications Emerging Technical Subcommittee, and a co-Chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Working Group on Big Data Access and Research Integration.

Dr. Omid Ardakanian  is an Assistant Professor in Computing Science at the University of Alberta. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in 2015. He was subsequently an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of British Columbia, and was affiliated with the California Institute for Energy and Environment. He has received best paper awards at IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) General Meeting, ACM BuildSys, and ACM e-Energy. His research interests include large-scale data analysis, ubiquitous computing, and optimization and control of smart infrastructure systems.

Dr. Mario Paolone received the M.Sc. (with honors) and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. In 2005, he was appointed assistant professor in power systems at the University of Bologna where he was with the Power Systems laboratory until 2011. Since 2011 he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, where he is now Full Professor, Chair of the Distributed Electrical Systems laboratory and Head of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) FURIES (Future Swiss Electrical infrastructure). In 2013, he was the recipient of the IEEE EMC Society Technical Achievement Award. He was co-author of several papers that received the following awards: best IEEE Transactions on EMC paper award for the year 2017, in 2014 best paper award at the 13th International Conference on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems, Durham, UK, in 2013 Basil Papadias best paper award at the 2013 IEEE PowerTech, Grenoble, France, in 2008 best paper award at the International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC).He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. His research interests are in power systems with particular reference to real-time monitoring and operation, power system protections, power systems dynamics and power system transients.