Einladung zum Vortrag im Kolloquium
Distributed Optimal Reactive Power Compensation in Smart Microgrids
Prof. Dr. Sandro Zampieri
Department of Information Engineering
University of Padova
Tuesday, 19. July 2011, 4:00 p.m.
IST-Seminar-Room 3.243 - Pfaffenwaldring 9 - Campus Stuttgart-Vaihingen
We consider the problem of optimal reactive power compensation for the minimization of power distribution losses in a smart microgrid. We first propose an approximate model for the power distribution network, which allows us to cast the problem into the class of convex quadratic, linearly constrained, optimization problems. We also show how this model provides the tools for a distributed approach, in which agents have a partial knowledge of the problem parameters and state, and can only perform local measurements. Then, we design a randomized, gossip-like optimization algorithm, providing conditions for convergence together with an analytical characterization of the convergence speed.
Sandro Zampieri received the Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in System Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1988 and 1993, respectively. In 1991-92, 1993 and 1996 he was Visiting Scholar at Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, MIT, Cambridge. He has held visiting positions also at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Groningen and at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Since 1992 he was Assistant Professor and since 1998 he was Associate Professor at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova. Since 2002 he is Full Professor in Automatic Control at the same department. Sandro Zampieri was program general chair of the 1st IFAC Workshop on Estimation and Control of Networked Systems 2009. He served as an Associate Editor of the Siam Journal on Control and Optimization on 2002-2004 and as the chair of the IFAC technical committee "Networked systems" on 2005-2008. His research interests include automatic control and dynamical systems theory, networked control and the relations between control and information theory.