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Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
08:40 – 09:40

Chih-Kung Lee (C.K. Lee)

Distinguished Professor, National Taiwan University
Vice chairman, SEMI Taiwan MEMS Committee

Taiwan ICT-driven Smart Grids: Case Study & Perspectives

As the move towards urbanization continues, the need for cities to become more efficiently run, i.e. more intelligent, is more prevalent. An intelligent city is a city which is smart about its energy and resources, optimized with advancements in ICT. Today, the potential to create grid smarts has now become a reality. ICT enables society to possess various types of information automation such as transaction processing, knowledge or resource management, data analytics, etc. Advancements in ICT has also brought an ever-progressing enrichment of interactions in various forms of communication across a broad spectrum such as in broadcasting, telegraphic, voice mails, e-mails, and social networks.   

My talk will try to raise and address the different questions and viewpoints of smart grids.  What makes a grid smart? What services should smart grids provide to fully utilize the potential of smart grids towards a sustainable planet? What is the role of ICT in aiding smart grids to realize this potential? What drivers are needed for smart grids to succeed in satisfying all the different perspectives (technologically & economically) and to maximize the stakeholders? This talk will conclude on the future of smart grids and Taiwan’s ICT strategic positioning across government, industry and academia.

Biography: Dr. Chih-Kung Lee (C.K. Lee) received his MS & PhD degrees at Cornell University majoring theoretical and applied mechanics and minoring in physics. Lee received his BS in civil engineering from National Taiwan University. His specialties include technology management, optoelectronic and piezoelectric systems, MEMS & nano-systems, optoelectronic systems design, manufacturing and precision metrology, Automation technology and biochip systems.

Dr. Lee is a Fellow of the Chinese Society for Management of Technology, Taiwan; Chinese Institute of Automation Engineers, Taiwan; Institute of Physics, UK and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, USA.

He was President of the Institute for Information Industry from 2010-2012, Professor in the Department of Engineering Science & Ocean Engineering, National Taiwan University from 2002-2008, Professor at the Institute of Applied Mechanics, National Taiwan University from 1995-2008, Executive Vice President of Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan from 2007-2010, Director General of the Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, National Science Council, Taiwan from 2004-2007 and a Research Staff Member at IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California, USA from 1987-2002.

Lee received the International Invention Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011; the Industry Contribution Award in 2010 and 2011, the Flexio, Red Dot Award: Design Concept in 2009, the FleXpeaker, Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award: Consumer Electronics in 2009; Taiwan Executive Yuan Supervised Project in 2009, Optical Engineering Award in 2009, Excellent Project Award (ITRI Innovative Research Project) in 2008, TECO Science & Technology Award in 2008 and TWAS Prize in Engineering Sciences for 2007.

Dr. Lee has published over 130 refereed papers and about 210 conference papers. He has 74 ROC patents, 42 USA patents and 3 PROC patents.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
12:40 – 13:40

Michimasa (Mitch) Aramaki

President & Chairman, HD-PLC Alliance
Councilor, Panasonic System Network Co. Ltd,

HD-PLC Family Solutions as IEEE 1901 Standard - Innovative Smart Communication Infrastructure

After the approval of IEEE 1901 BPL Standard in 2010, IEEE 1901 compliant Powerline products have been released in the world market last year. HD-PLC Alliance has started IEEE 1901 certification program. It also certifies the coexistence function with the different type of PLC products including ITU-T G.9972. In the speech, the direction of the promotion of HD-PLC for the global market will be shared. Additionally, two innovative technologies called "HD-PLC Eco" and "HD-PLC Inside" will be explained. Both technologies are also compliant to IEEE 1901 standard, and contribute for establishment of the smart communication infrastructure, especially in lower power consumption.

Biography: Mitch Aramaki graduated from Graduate School of Science and Technology- Kumamoto University Japan in 1989. He has been leading the promotion of the high definition powerline communications (HD-PLC) at Panasonic for roughly ten years. He started his experience of Powerline communication area with the technologies standardization activities in United States since 2002, during his assignment as a director of Panasonic R&D Center of North America. He also dedicated his efforts to the business creation via HD-PLC in cooperation with its alliance partners. Now he is a councilor of Panasonic System Networks Co. Ltd., in Japan. He keeps leading the technology standardization mainly in IEEE P1901 as the representative of HD-PLC Alliance. In 2009, he was appointed President and Chairman of HD-PLC Alliance.

Mitch is now focusing on the new market creation not only consumer digital home solution but also the eco solutions via HD-PLC under the concept of “Green Ubiquitous” solutions, which has been established as the goal of HD-PLC Alliance.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
08:40 – 09:40

Hiroshi Harada

Director, Smart Wireless Laboratory, NICT, Japan
Chair of Board of Promoters, Wi-SUN Alliance

Wi-SUN: A Wireless Smart Utility/Metering Network Based on IEEE 802.15.4g

Wireless is an essential technology for estabilishment of smart utility/smart metering systems. But there are no standardized Physical (PHY)/MAC layer specification only for the systems as of 2011.

IEEE 802.15.4g/4e is a promising PHY/MAC layer IEEE standards to support the wireless devices for smart utility networks. The standardization was successfully finished, and the standard document was issued on April, 2012.

After finishing standardization of IEEE 802.15.4g, several leadership members of the standard established an alliance for global collaboration to achieve wireless smart utility network Interoperability. That is Wi-SUN Alliance.

The Wi-SUN Alliance promotes the adoption of open industry standards as defined by international and regional standards development organizations on the basis of IEEE802.15.4g. It seeks to advance wireless Smart Utility Networks worldwide and related interoperability and compliance certification programs. Other activities will include user education, industry outreach and other support programs as well as lobbying regional regulatory bodies for spectrum allocation for smart grid services.

This talk will present the mission, vision, organization, current progress including interoperability testing and future prospect on the Wi-SUN Alliance.

Biography: Dr. Hiroshi Harada is director of Smart Wireless Laboratory at National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). He joined the Communications Research Laboratory, Ministry of Posts and Communications, in 1995 (currently NICT). Since 1995, he has researched Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cognitive Radio, Dynamic Spectrum Access Network, smart utility network, and broadband wireless access systems on VHF, UHF, microwave and millimeter-wave bands. He also has joined many standardization committees and forums in United States as well as in Japan and has fulfilled important roles for them. He has served currently on the board of directors of SDR Forum and the chair of IEEE Dyspan Standards Committee (former IEEE 1900.x, IEEE SCC41) since 2009 and the vice chair of IEEE P1900.4, IEEE P802.15.4g, and TIA TR-51 since 2008, 2009, and 2011, respectively. He moreover was the chair of the IEICE Technical Committee on Software Radio (TCSR) in 2005-2007. He is also involved in many other activities related to telecommunications. He is a visiting professor of the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan, and is the author of Simulation and Software Radio for Mobile Communications (Artech House, 2002). He received the achievement award and fellow of IEICE in 2006 and 2009, respectively and the achievement award of ARIB and Funai Prize for Science in 2009 and 2010, respectively, on the topic of cognitive radio research and development.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
12:40 –13:40

David J. Hill

Professor, Ausgrid Chair of Electrical Engineering
School of Electrical and Information Engineering
University of Sydney, Australia

A Control View of Communication Challenges in Smarter Grids

The topic of smart grids has received a lot of public attention, but from a scientific point of view it remains an imprecise concept. This presentation rephrases the goals and possible implementation of a smarter grid agenda in terms of distributed intelligence and control over communications networks. Ultimately, at the core of the smart grid agenda, the goal is to achieve a system which is more adaptive and resilient to changing power supply/demand, failures and attacks. The presentation of a clearer formulation inevitably leads to an agenda of estimation, optimisation, learning and control.

The coordination of massive numbers of control devices at different voltage levels over communication networks gives challenges in handling ‘big data’, latency, uncertainty, scale and control granularity. These in turn place constraints on the communications and computing infrastructure. This view contrasts with a more common one of building the latter first and then determining what (centralized) control capability emerges.

The development of more advanced distributed structures for smarter grids will inevitably require platforms for planning and analysis of the whole (cyber-physical) system such that the impact of decisions made in the communications network can be assessed throughout.

Biography: 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 his Ph.D. 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.

Thursday, November 8, 2012
09:00 – 10:00

Munther A. Dahleh

Professor, Associate Department Head, EECS

Tradeoffs Between Efficiency and Risk in the Smart Grid

Real-time demand response has been postulated as the solution to the intermittency problem created by renewable generation. The proposed market architecture is simple, namely, consumers react directly to spot market prices in order to fulfill their demands. This mechanism creates a closed loop system between price and demand that has implications on efficiency, demand and price volatility, and risk of demand spikes. In this talk, we first present an analysis of this closed loop system for homogeneous consumers and highlight the tradeoffs between market efficiency and demand and price volatility. We demonstrate that this analysis is consistent with the volatility of current spot market prices, suggesting the presence of internal trading and hedging in the market. Then, we present an abstracted framework to analyze the tradeoffs between efficiency and risk for heterogeneous consumers when demands are shiftable. In this context, we expand the market mechanism to study the impact of coordination on such a tradeoff. For decisions based on real-time prices, we compare the statistics of the aggregate electricity demand process induced by non-cooperative and cooperative load shifting schemes. We show that although the non-cooperative load-shifting scheme leads to an efficiency loss (otherwise known as the price of anarchy), the scheme has a smaller tail probability of the aggregate unshiftable demand distribution. This tail distribution is important as it corresponds to rare and undesirable demand spikes. In contrast, the cooperative scheme achieves higher efficiency at the cost of a higher probability of demand spikes. Such instances highlight the role of the market mechanisms in striking a balance between efficiency and risk in real-time markets.

This work is in collaboration with Qingqing Huang and Mardavij Roozbehani.

Biography: Munther A. Dahleh received the BS degree from Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas in 1983, and his PhD degree from Rice University, Houston, TX, in 1987, all in Electrical Engineering. Since then, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, Cambridge, MA, where he is now the Associate Department Head. Previously, he was the acting director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems. He has been a visiting Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, for the Spring of 1993. He has held consulting positions with several companies in the US and abroad.

Dr. Dahleh is interested in problems at the interface of robust control, filtering, information theory, and computation, which include control problems with communication constraints and distributed agents with local decision capabilities. In addition to methodology development, he has been interested in the application of distributed control in the future electric grid and the future transportation system with particular emphasis in the management of systemic risk. He is also interested in various problems in network science including distributed computation over noisy network as well as information propagation over complex engineering and social networks.

He is the co-author (with Ignacio Diaz-Bobillo) of the book Control of Uncertain Systems: A Linear Programming Approach, published by Prentice-Hall, and the co-author (with Nicola Elia) of the book Computational Methods for Controller Design, published by Springer.










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