EECS500 Spring 2015 Department Colloquium

Kevin Tomsovic
Control Architectures for the Future Power System
University of Tennessee
White 411
March 5, 2015

In order to integrate significant levels of renewables into the power system without sacrificing reliability, the grid requires coordination on a broad geographic scale. New technology developments allowing for synchronized monitoring, more flexible transmission use and greater controllability of loads across wide areas shows promise for achieving such coordinated operation. Moreover, communication system advances allow information to be available reliably and quickly throughout the grid. This talk will overview on-going work at CURENT on wide area control and ideas on how traditional controls from fast controls, such as, protection to slower controls, such as, scheduling, can benefit from wide area information.


Kevin Tomsovic is currently CTI Professor in the Dept. of EECS at University of Tennessee, and director of CURENT,a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center. He received the BS from Michigan Tech. University, Houghton, in 1982, and the MS and Ph.D. degrees from University of Washington, Seattle, in 1984 and 1987, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1992-2008, he was a Professor at Washington State University in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Visiting university positions have included National Cheng Kung University, National Sun Yat-Sen University and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He held the Advanced Technology for Electrical Energy Chair at Kumamoto University in Japan from 1999-2000 and 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.