Interdisciplinary Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. H. Vincent Poor

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Games, Privacy and Distributed Inference For the Smart Grid

Dr. H. Vincent Poor, Michael Henry Strater University Professor
Princeton University

Dr. H. Vincent Poor spoke on Friday, March 1st, 2013 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

Smart grid involves the imposition of an advanced cyber layer atop the physical layer of the electricity grid in order to improve the efficiency and lower the cost of power use and distribution, and to allow for the effective integration of variable energy sources and storage modes into the grid. This cyber-physical setting motivates the application of many techniques from the information and systems sciences to problems arising in the electricity grid, and considerable research effort has been devoted to such application in recent years. This talk will describe recent work on three aspects of this problem: applications of game theory to smart grid design; characterization of the fundamental tradeoff between privacy and utility of information sources arising in the grid; and distributed inferential algorithms that are suitable for the topological constraints imposed by the structure of the grid.