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Congratulation to ECE Professor Sudip Mazumder on receiving the Vice Chancellor for Research Areas of Excellence Award for $75,000

Robust ENFONET: Confluence of ENergy Distribution and InFOrmation NETworks

Principal Investigators:

  • Sudip Mazumder, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Philip Yu, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Prasad Sistla, Professor, Computer Science

Summary: This project addresses challenges that are common to both energy distribution and communications networks. It will provide a fundamental underpinning of energy-distribution/power and information network science through the computational study of their coupled dynamics enabling understanding of emergent vulnerable behavior. This can lead to robust ENFONET via mitigation of avoidable blackouts, shutdowns, and malfunctions that has cost US economy billions of dollars. The generic and adaptive models and algorithms developed in this project can be extended to analyze interdependencies among other system-of-systems (SOS) and explore diagnosis and prognosis of the networks for health monitoring. Further, the distributed proactive and reactive vulnerability assessment algorithms will lead to robust controls and superior and secure heterogeneous communication protocols as compared to present SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) approaches. The proposed research will deal with massive dimensionality of the ENFONET and hence its anticipated research outcomes on innovative approaches to distributed modeling, distributed control and communication, and controlled adaptation will be of direct relevance to large-scale wirebased/wireless sensor actuator networks including process control, distributed multi-axis drives, power grid, microgrid, robotics, and building and critical-infrastructure control. Cyber physical energy systems (CPES) such as ENFONET is a relatively new field that merges not only ECE and CS disciplines but also encompasses other areas of engineering (e.g. ME and ChemE) and area of mathematics, physics, and economics. As such, even though there are institutes which have strengths in individual areas of CPES, there is not one or one-set-of institutes(s) that can be considered the ultimate leader. An added reasons for this predicament is due to the fact that, energy related issues often have a strong local component; what works for one region does not always work for everybody. Hence, there is a significant room for UIC to grow. Based on initial analysis, it appears that UIC has at least 20 researchers that can contribute in this area who are spread across the following departments: ECE, CS, MSCS, MIE, CME, Physics, and Business.

Total OVCR Funding: $75,000

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