2023 IEEE Belgrade PowerTech

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SS14 UI-ASSIST: International Research Collaboration

Wednesday, 28 June 2023
15:30 - 17:00

C - Atlantic


The US-India team behind this proposal represents the strongest universities, national laboratories, electrical utilities, and vendors in the field of clean energy. The project is co-sponsored by US Department of Energy and the Government of India. Washington State University and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur are leading 30 collaborating entities, each of which has an established track record of contributing to the significant changes already occurring in electric distribution system. The formation of this strong team was possible because these organizations have years of collaboration nationally, as well as across geographic borders. India’s high electric load growth is projected to continue for the near future, while rapidly increasing generation capacity. In the US, the load growth is modest, and DER will mostly replace existing generation capacity. This difference is recognized here by integrating research in societal value to anticipate that the policies adopted in the two countries may be quite different.

The fundamental approach of the project is to bridge the gap between smart grid, storage, and renewable energy research and facilitate its subsequent adoption by utilities around the world in their distribution system operation and planning. There will be six different phases with multiple objectives. Some of the major outcomes from our research include:

1) Open-source test feeders for urban, semi-urban and rural, in India and US.
2) Storage models with advanced analytical techniques for optimal operation;
3) Operational and control algorithms as well as analysis tools, to integrate DER control with Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) and Microgrid Management System (MEMS);
4) Cyber-Physical Analysis tools and Cyber Security Measures for smart operations with high DER;
5) Lab scale testing and real-world field demonstration; and
6) Recommendations to address socio-political issues for adopting these technologies and the needed workforce development.

• To evolve future distribution grid that will allow the continuing increase of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) penetration towards a carbon-free electricity system.
• To develop and demonstrate the DSO functions for optimal utilization and management of DER by interfacing with DER control and microgrid control system with high penetration of energy storage.


• R&D Activities on Microgrid and Active Distribution Network Concepts, Storage Optimization and Management, Electric Vehicle and Renewable Integration, Microgrid and Advance Distribution Management Systems, Cyber-security Measures, Market and Policy Issues.
• Lab scale pilots for proof of concepts, and 5 field pilots, each in US and India, for demonstration in rural, semi-urban and urban areas.
• Manpower training in Smart Grid area.

The 90-minute panel session at 2023 PowerTech conference will present a brief history of the 6-yr collaborative project, which was jointly funded by US and Indian Governments and includes over 30 collaborating entities. The presentations are going to cover a broad spectrum of UI-ASSIST various activities, and will also shed light on some aspects of research performed by the four presenters’ groups at Washington State University, Texas A&M University, West Virginia University, and MIT.



Prof. Miroslav M. Begovic, Texas A&M University, USA



Prof. Miroslav M. Begovic, Texas A&M University, USA

Prof. Anurag Srivastava, West Virginia University, USA

Prof. Anuradha Annaswamy, MIT, USA

Prof. Chanan Singh, Texas A&M University, USA



Miroslav M. Begovic (LFIEEE, CIGRÉ) is former Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering, currently the Moore Professor at Texas A&M University. Prior to that, he was Professor and Chair of the Electric Energy Research Group in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an affiliated faculty member of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems and University Center of Excellence in Photovoltaic Research at Georgia Institute of Technology. For the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996 in Atlanta, Drs. Begovic and Rohatgi designed and oversaw construction of a 340 kW PV system on the roof of Aquatic Center at Georgia Tech, the largest roof-mounted PV system in the world at the time.

Prof. Begovic has been a member of the IEEE PES Power System Relaying Committee for two decades and chaired several of its working groups. Dr. Begovic delivered over 110 keynote and invited presentations worldwide. Dr. Begovic served in technical and administrative functions over 35 years of his membership at IEEE, among others as Chair of the IEEE PES Emerging Technologies Coordinating Committee, IEEE PES Treasurer (2010-2011), IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer from 2011, and served as President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (2012-2018). He is the recipient of 2019 IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award and 2022 Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award.

Dr. Anurag Srivastava is Chairperson and Professor at Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University. Anurag Srivastava’s research interests include data-driven algorithms for power system operation and control including resiliency analysis. In past years, he has worked at the Réseau de Transport d´Électricité in France; RWTH Aachen University in Germany; PEAK RC, Idaho National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Lab, PJM Interconnection, Schweitzer Engineering Lab (SEL), GE Grid Solutions, Washington State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Mississippi State University; Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in India; as well as at Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand.

Dr. Srivastava is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society’s PEEC committee, past vice-chair of the IEEE synchrophasor conformity assessment program and member of CIGRE C4C2-58 Voltage Stability, C4.47/ C2.25 Resilience WG, CIGRE 2.18 Wide Area Monitoring Protection and Control Systems – Decision Support for System Operators, CIGRE D2.52 AI Application and Technology in Power Industry. He has delivered 30+ keynotes/tutorials/IEEE distinguished lectures in more than 15 countries. He is the author of more than 300 technical publications including a book on power system security and four patents.

Dr. Anuradha Annaswamy received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University in 1985. She has been a member of the faculty at Yale, Boston University, and MIT where currently she is the director of the Active-Adaptive Control Laboratory and a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her research interests pertain to adaptive control theory and applications to aerospace, automotive, and propulsion systems, cyber physical systems science, and CPS applications to Smart Grids, Smart Cities, and Smart Infrastructures. She is the author of a hundred journal publications and numerous conference publications, co-author of a graduate textbook on adaptive control (2004).

Dr. Annaswamy has received several awards including the George Axelby and Control Systems Magazine best paper awards from the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS), the Presidential Young Investigator award from NSF, the Hans Fisher Senior Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study at the Technische Universität München, the Donald Groen Julius Prize from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, a Distinguished Member Award, and a Distinguished Lecturer Award from IEEE CSS. Dr. Annaswamy is a Fellow of the IEEE and IFAC and member of NAE. She has served as the Vice President for Conference Activities (2014-15), and is currently serving as the VP for Technical Activities (2017-18) in the Executive Committee of the IEEE CSS.

Chanan Singh is professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University. His titles include Irma Runyon Chair Professor and Texas A&M System Regents Professor. Dr. Singh got his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and B.Sc. (honors) from the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India. From 1997 to 2005 he served as the Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M and later, from 2012 to 2015, he served as Interim Head.

He has also served as Program Director at the National Science Foundation of USA. He is also a principal and Vice-President of Associated Power Analysts Inc. a firm that specializes in developing software and conducting reliability studies of the electric power grid. Before joining Texas A&M University he worked in the R&D Division of Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Communications on the development of innovative public transit systems. Dr. Singh is known for his contributions to electric power system reliability evaluation, particularly in developing the theoretical foundations for frequency and duration methods, non-Markovian models, modeling of interconnected power systems, integration of renewable resources and machine learning method for reliability analysis of large power systems. He is author/co-author of four books, several book chapters, and over 400 technical articles, IEEE Life Fellow and member of NAE.



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