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Dr. Hanto Cui Kicks off Spring 2021 Power and Energy Seminar Series

Dr. Hantao Cui will present the first seminar of the Spring 2021 Power and Energy Seminar Series (ECE 496 and 691) on Friday, January 29 from 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm. The seminar will be available via ZOOM. The ZOOM link will be sent to CURENT students and faculty through email. Contact Wendy if you need a link.

Presenter: Dr. Hantao Cui, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Tennessee 

Title: "Software-Enabled Large-Scale Cyber-Physical Power Systems Testbed" 

Abstract: With the integration of renewable energy, communication systems, and wide-area controls, modern electric power systems are being transformed into cyber-physical systems for delivering reliable and low-cost energy. However, existing power system simulation software based on differential-algebraic equations (1) cannot capture the cyber-characteristics and (2) require extensive programming efforts to implement renewable models. This talk starts from the design of the CURENT Large-Scale Testbed, a closed-loop cyber-physical co-simulation testbed, by integrating software components through distributed messaging and software-defined networks. Next, the talk will shift to the design, implementation, and software engineering practices of the physical system simulator, ANDES, with a symbolic-numeric framework for rapidly prototyping complex dynamic models. The proposed testbed and simulator demonstrate capabilities for modeling, hardware-in-the-loop simulation, and control in renewable energy systems and inspires multi-disciplinary research such as cybersecurity and high-performance computing. 

Bio: Hantao Cui is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he received his Ph.D. in 2018. He is the author of the power system modeling and analysis software ANDES and Chief Technologist of the CURENT Large-Scale Testbed, a winner of the 2020 R&D 100 Awards. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy and an Outstanding Reviewer of 2019 for the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. His research interests include software engineering, computing, dynamic performance, and cybersecurity for energy systems. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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