Electrical and Computer Engineering Department ZOOM Seminar,
Speaker: Professor Yan Li, Penn State ECE
Title: Cyber-Physical Networked Microgrids
Time: 9/2, Wed, 12-1
Power grid stability and security are challenging problems with significant economic and social impacts that have been exacerbated in recent years by the increase in extreme weather events and cyberattack concerns. Recently, networked microgrids (NMs) have become an emerging paradigm that demonstrates resiliency benefits to their local customers. However, lack of awareness of stability margin, the inadequate capability to respond to grid disturbances, and vulnerabilities to communication failure, delay, and cyberattacks all contribute to undermining the capability of NMs to improve distribution grid resiliency.
To tackle these issues, Dr. Li's group contributes a set of novel methods, including Formal Analysis (FA), Distributed Formal Analysis (DFA), and Software-Defined Active Synchronous Detection (SDASD). The new technologies collectively lead to a set of powerful tools for planning, operating, and protecting future NMs.
Yan Li is an assistant professor of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include cyber-physical power systems, stability analysis, cybersecurity, formal analysis, communication networking, etc. She has been contributing 40 papers, 2 books, and 4 patents on microgrids and active distribution systems. Yan won the IEEE-PES Outstanding Engineer Award in 2019 for her contributions to the development of the renewable energy landscape.