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Dealing with Uncertainty in Smart Grids

A key subject in the study of electricity smart grids is to accommodate uncertainty in various contexts. Among the main sources of uncertainty, distributed renewable generation, demand patterns caused by intrinsic fluctuations or demand response actions and electricity prices have a strong impact on management of networks and electricity markets. In this talk, some recent results are presented for problems ranging from trading renewable energy in electricity markets, placement, sizing and operation of energy storage systems in distribution grids, and efficient management of HVAC systems in buildings. Paradigms adopted and techniques devised for facing uncertainties in different contexts involving offline or online computations are illustrated. Attention is paid to computational burden issues when discussing numerical results obtained on realistic or benchmark application examples.

Type of Seminar:
Control Seminar Series
Prof. Antonio Vicino
University of Siena
May 28, 2018   17:15 h

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Biographical Sketch:
Antonio Vicino received the Laurea in Electrical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino in 1978. From 1983 to 1987 he was Assistant Professor of Automatic Control at the Politecnico di Torino. From 1987 to 1990 he was Associate Professor of Control Systems at the Università di Firenze. In 1990 he joined the Università di L’Aquila, as Professor of Control Systems. Since 1993 he is with the Università di Siena, where he founded the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione and covered the position of Head of the Department from 1996 to 1999. From 1999 to 2005 he was Dean of the Engineering Faculty. In 2000 he founded the Center for Complex Systems Studies (CSC) of the University of Siena, where he covered the position of Director from 1999 to 2012. Since 2015 he is member of the Italian National University Council as representative of the Information and Industrial Engineering research area.

He is author of about 350 technical publications; co-author of the book Homogeneous Polynomial Forms for Robustness Analysis of Uncertain Systems (Springer-Verlag, 2009); co-editor of several books, among which Integration of Demand Response into the Electricity Chain: Challenges, Opportunities and Smart Grid Solutions (Iste-Wiley, 2015). He has worked on stability analysis of nonlinear systems, time series analysis and prediction, robust control of uncertain systems. His present interests include system identification, smart grids, systems biology and applied system modeling.

He served as Associate Editor and Associate Editor at Large for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. He also served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems. Presently he serves as Associate Editor for Automatica. He is Fellow of the IEEE and the IFAC.