Thinning the waist of next-generation intelligent power grids

David Yau
Purdue University

Date and Location: Friday, April 12nd, 2013, 2:00pm - 3:00pm @ Stuart Building, Room 225.


Smart Grid is an interesting emerging cyber-physical critical infrastructure. Our goal at the Advanced Digital Sciences Center is to push control and intelligence to the edge, to bring about several key benefits: (i) robustness and resiliency against contingencies, (ii) integration of renewables for energy sustainability, (iii) reduced energy consumption, and (iv) increased customer satisfaction. In this talk, I will review our current progress in addressing several key challenges in "thinning the waist" of future intelligent grids: (i) security analysis of cyber-physical systems (as precursor activities to the ambitious goal of integrated security analysis of complex systems), (ii) scalable and non-intrusive energy monitoring and optimization for demand response, and (iii) robust and secure wireless HEMS communication.


David Yau received the B.Sc. (first class honors) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and M.S. and Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin, all in computer science. He has been on the Computer Science faculty of Purdue University (West Lafayette) since 1997. He is also Distinguished Scientist and Director of Smart Grid IT Program at the Advanced Digital Sciences Center, Singapore.  Dr. Yau was the recipient of an NSF CAREER award for research in quality of service provisioning. His other areas of research interest are protocol design and implementation, wireless and sensor networks, network security and incentives, cyber-physical systems, and Smart Grid IT. Dr. Yau served as Associate Editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (2004--09); Vice General Chair (2006), TPC co-Chair (2007), and TPC Area Chair (2011) of IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP); TPC co-Chair (2006) and Steering Committee member (2007--09) of IEEE International Workshop on Quality of Service (IWQoS); and TPC Track co-Chair (Network/Web/P2P Protocols and Applications) of IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS) 2012. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Springer Networking Science Journal.