ECE Seminar EE-290: Distribution Synchrophasors and the Power of Big Data

Speaker Name: 
Dr. Hamed Mohsenian-Rad
Speaker Title: 
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Speaker Organization: 
UC Riverside
Start Time: 
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 10:40am
End Time: 
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 11:40am
E2 192
Prof. Yu Zhang


Synchrophasor measurements have recently offered an unprecedented level of visibility in power distribution infrastructure. These are GPS-time-referenced single-phase or three-phase voltage and current phasor measurements on medium and low voltage distribution circuits, at two or more readings per AC cycle. Distribution synchrophasor data is a prominent example of "Big Data" in power systems. However, data availability is only a necessary but not a sufficient step to build an enhanced operational intelligence that is required by the future distribution grid. Data must be furnished with useful analytics to translate said data into actionable information. In this talk, we explore some of the opportunities to leverage distribution synchrophasor data, combined with data-driven analytics, in order to help electrical distribution system planners and operators to get out in front of problems as they evolve.


Dr. Hamed Mohsenian-Rad is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Riverside. He is the founding Director of the UC-National Lab Center for Power Distribution Cyber Security, a new cyber-security research initiative across four UC campuses and two DoE National Labs. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Winston Chung Global Energy Center, an endowed research center at UC Riverside. His research interests include monitoring, control, and physics-aware cyber-security of critical infrastructure, smart grids, and smart cities with focus on developing hybrid data-driven and model-based techniques. He has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, a Best Paper Award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) General Meeting, and a Best Paper Award from the IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications. Two of his papers are currently ranked as the two most cited journal articles in the field of smart grids. Dr. Mohsenian-Rad received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 2008. He currently serves as an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, an Editor of the IEEE Power Engineering Letters, a Vice-Chair of the IEEE Smart Grid Communications Emerging Technical Subcommittee, and a co-Chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Working Group on Big Data Access and Research Integration. Dr. Mohsenian-Rad received the UC Riverside Bourns College of Engineering Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017.