1. BE in Electrical Engineering, , Calcutta, India, 2004
2. Research Student, , Summer 2003
3. MS in Electrical Engineering, , 2005.
4. PhD in Electrical Engineering, ) , 2008 (thesis advisors: &
5. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Aeronautics & Astronautics Department, , Seattle, 2008-2009
6. Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, , 2009-2010
7. Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, , 2010-2015
8. , 2011
9. Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, , 2015-present
New Papers and Results
1. New tutorials on power system dynamics and control ,
2. Graph Theory in power systems
3. Distributed wide-area control of power systems using sparsity promoting methods,
4. Clustering-based wide-area control ,
Distributed optimization for wide-area oscillation monitoring
Experiments on wide-area monitoring and control using our Exo-GENI WAMS network testbed ,
9. New NSF CPS and US Ignite grants , ,
My research activities span all branches of control theory with applications to electric power systems. At NC State I am a part of the , currently investigating several system and control-theoretic research problems for the US power grid using Wide-area Measurement Systems (WAMS), or Synchrophasor technology, its cyber-physical implementation via service-oriented wide-area communication networks, and its integration with renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy.
As of Fall 2018, I have graduated 8 PhD students and 2 postdocs, and currently supervise 7 PhDs, 1 postdoc, and 1 undergraduate research student. Some specific topics of research that my group is currently looking into are:
1. Reinforcement Learning based Wide-area Monitoring and Control Adaptive and optimal strategies for wide-area control of power systems using PMU data under high levels of model uncertainties
2. Co-designing Wide-area Communications and Control Cyber-physical challenges for wide-area communications, co-designing sparse controllers using information about network delays
3. Hierarchical Control of DERs Multi-stage optimization and control of next-generation grid with millions of new control points from inverter-based distributed energy resources
4. Testbed Federation for Verification & Validation of WAMS Applications - Experimental verification of wide-area control algorithms via Exo-GENI WAMS network testbed developed recently at NC State
5. Localization and Mitigation of Cyber-attacks in Power Grids Using algebraic graph-theory and game theory for developing algorithms that can localize and control manipulative cyber-attacks in power system networks
and Control of Power Distribution Systems Over the past two years, my research has also
broadened to new problems on dynamics, optimization and controls at distribution-level
power systems arising due to integration of power electronic
converters such as Solid State Transformers (SST), coupled with wind and solar generation. I am serving as a co-PI for the FREEDM Systems Modeling and Control (SMC) sub-thrust to explore these problems.
As the number of PMUs scales up into the thousands in the next few years under the US Department of Energys smart grid demonstration initiative, it is rather intuitive that the current state-of-the art centralized communication and information processing architecture of WAMS will no longer be sustainable, and a distributed cyber-physical architecture will need to be developed. Motivated by this challenge, over the past year my group in collaboration with the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) of UNC Chapel Hill have developed a wide-area communication testbed, referred to as the ExoGENI-WAMS testbed at the FREEDM Systems Center. The testbed has been recently federated with the DETER testbed of Information Sciences Institute at University of Southern California as a part of the Smart America Initiative of NIST. The testbed consists of two layers:
1. A hardware-in-loop set-up consisting of Real-time Digital Simulators (RTDS) integrated with multi-vendor PMUs
2. A cloud-based multi-port, multi-user ExoGENI+DETER network that can transport PMU data from the RTDS to a network of virtual PDCs (phasor data concentrators), and execute distributed monitoring and control algorithms in real-time.
ExoGENI allows users to create custom topologies using resources from multiple federated providers via a control and management software called the Open Resource Control Architecture (ORCA) to orchestrate the networked cloud resource provisioning. It showcases the fact that the current design practice based on the centralized servers and IP-based Internet architecture is not an economical and efficient solution to satisfy the real-time requirement of processing large volumes of Synchrophasor data. Instead, an IaaS based solution is much more practical. ExoGENI service allows dynamic provisioning of virtual machines of different CPU and memory capacities with customized software images. With this capability, the WAMS communication network can automatically request for the right virtual machine to run the best real-time algorithm eg. distributed oscillation monitoring, state estimation and wide-area controls. Connection to DETER, on the other hand, allows us to carry out diverse cyber-security related experiments on wide-area monitoring and control loops.
, presented at CPS Week in Seattle, WA, Apr. 2015.
The project is funded partly by the US Department of Energy, NSF CPS grant, and ABB Corporate Research.
Check out some links on ExoGENI-WAMS:
3. (collaboration with Univ of Southern California)
An introductory research brochure for my PhasorLab, featuring several recently procured PMUs, can be found .
Please for a full list of my publications.
Some Poster and Powerpoint presentations about my work on phasor measurements can be found at the following links:
, IEEE PES General Meeting 2015
New posters on by Tom
NC State University:
Fall 2012, 2013
Spring 2013 - present
Fall 2014 present (odd years)
Fall 2018 present (even years)
Texas Tech University:
Systems Dynamics and Stability Fall 2009
2. Wind Power System Modeling and Simulation Spring 2010
· Committee member for IEEE CSS and CS Smart Grid Vision documentation.
· Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power System (2018- present)
· Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology (2016-present)
· Associate Editor for IEEE Control System Society Conference Editorial Board (2013-present)
· Conference TPC or Operating Committee member for:
1. Vice-President for Invited Sessions American Control Conference 2019, Philadelphia
2. Vice-President for Industry Applications American Control Conference 2016, Boston
3. (ICCPS, CPS Week) 2018, 2017, 2016, 2013
4. IEEE GlobalSip 2016, 2015 - Symposium on Signal and Information Processing for Optimizing Future Energy Systems
5. TPC Chair for Smart Grid Control Workshop at WiSATS 2015, Bradford, UK, 2015.
6. IEEE Conference on Smart Grid Communications (Smartgridcomm) 2012-2013
7. American Control Conference -
8. , 2013
· Journal Reviewer for Automatica (Elsevier), IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grids, IEEE Transactions on Control and Network Systems, IEEE Power Electronics Letters, Journal of Process Control (Elsevier), Control Engineering Practice, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (Elsevier), Mathematical Problems in Engineering, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, etc.
· Conference Reviewer for: IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, American Control Conference, IEEE MSC, IEEE PES General Meeting, IEEE ISGT, IEEE T&D Conference, IEEE Smartgridcomm, European Control Conference, IEEE Powertech, AIAA Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control
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