Classroom 10, Alrick Building, King's Buildings
Control of Multiphysics Energy Systems -Challenges and Opportunities
We were fortunate enough to have Professor Gordon G. Parker from Michigan Technological University as a guest speaker for the IES Seminar Series. A key area of his research is the optimal control of energy systems with particular attention given to networked topologies. In 2012 he formed the Agile and Interconnected Microgrid(AIM) Center to bring together faculty from Computer Science, Mathematics, Cognitive Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering to focus an interdisciplinary team on networked energy systems. His talk covered the challenges and opportunities that arise in regards to the control of multiphysics energy systems.
Professor Gordon G. Parker biography
Dr. Parker specializes in control system design and correlation of nonlinear dynamic models to experimental data. A key area of his research is the optimal control of microgrids with particular attention given to networked topologies. Closed loop control and real-time optimization for harmonizing use of available energy generation and storage assets, while satisfying loads, is the main theme. Applications requiring temporary or remote power motivate much of his funded research along with disaster relief scenarios. Development of a scalable, optimal control solution is critical for allowing the interconnection, in both power and communication, of separately deployed microgrids. The main challenge stems from a microgrid’s ever-changing energy asset and load portfolio and their effect on the system models used for optimal planning and control system design. Rational segregation of distributed versus centralized optimization and control is another research area. In the past year Dr. Parker and his colleagues formed the Agile and Interconnected Micrgorid (AIM) Center to bring together faculty from Computer Science, Mathematics, Cognitive Sciences and Learning, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering to focus an interdisciplinary team on this technical area. More generally, nonlinear control, system simulation, nonlinear system parameter identification and optimization, are present in most of Dr. Parker’s ongoing projects. Examples include active control of diesel engine aftertreatment systems and at-sea control of naval equipment.
There will be a host of hot beverages, sandwiches and cakes available from 12:45pm. We look forward to welcoming you all to the Seminar.