CSC News

September 24, 2007

Ning Research to Focus on Real-time Systems to Address Power Grid Vulnerabilities

Dr. Peng Ning has been awarded $28,500 by the National Science Foundation to fund his research proposal titled “Collaborative Research: CT-T: A Resilient Real-Time System For a Secure and Reconfigurable Power Grid.” 

The award will run from September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.

Research Abstract - Energy infrastructure is a critical underpinning of modern society that any compromise or sabotage of its secure and reliable operation will have a prominent impact on people's daily lives and the national economy.  Past failures such as the massive northeastern power blackout of August 2003 have revealed serious defects in both system-level management and device-level designs.  This project proposes a hardware-in-the-loop reconfigurable system with embedded intelligence and resilient coordination schemes to tackle the vulnerabilities of the power grid.  The proposed system will be fully evaluated in terms of real-time responsibility, fault resiliency, and ability for local collaboration in emergent/catastrophic events.

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