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Bala Kameshwar Poolla
M.Eng, Ph.D. Student

Automatic Control Laboratory
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Physikstrasse 3, ETL K 26
8092 Zürich, Switzerland

Phone: +41 44 632 2842
Fax: +41 44 632 1211

Brief Background

I completed my Dual Degree (5 year Bachelor and Master) in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, with a Master's specialization in Control Systems Engineering. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Florian Dörfler.

Research Ineterests

Low-inertia Power Grids, Distributed Control and Optimization, Energy Markets


(J2) B. K. Poolla, S. Bolognani, L. Na, and F. Dörfler, "A market mechanism for virtual inertia".
Under review. [arXiv]
Refereed Journal Articles
(J1) B. K. Poolla, S. Bolognani, and F. Dörfler, "Optimal placement of virtual inertia in power grids".
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 62 (12), pp. 6209 - 6220, 2017. [link]
Refereed Conference Publications
(C3) D. Gross, S. Bolognani, B. K. Poolla, and F. Dörfler, "Increasing the resilience of low-inertia power systems by virtual inertia and damping".
Proceedings of the IREP Bulk Power System Dynamics and Control Symposium, 2017 [link]
(C2) J. W. Simpson-Porco, B. K. Poolla, N. Monshizadeh, and F. Dörfler, "Quadratic performance of primal-dual methods with application to secondary frequency control of power systems".
Proceedings of the IEEE Control and Decision Conference, pp. 1840‐1845, 2016. [link]
(C1) B. K. Poolla, S. Bolognani, and F. Dörfler, "Placing rotational inertia in power grids".
Proceedings of the American Control Conference, pp. 2314‐2320, 2016. [link]
(Best Student Paper Award Finalist)
Book Chapters
(B1) B. K. Poolla, D. Gross, T. Borsche, S. Bolognani, and F. Dörfler, "Virtual inertia placement in electric power grids".
Energy Markets and Responsive Grids, Springer, 2017.


Student Projects


To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions;
both dispense with the necessity of reflection.
- Poincare

If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.
- Ronald Coase