Summary: The Center for Control, Dynamical Systems, and Computation
and the Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of California at Santa Barbara
Spring 2010 Seminar Series
Optimization and Control Theory for Smart (Power) Grids
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 11:00 12:00pm ESB 1001
Research project with this name has been started at LANL in Oct of 2009. In this talk I will report on the
first results derived under the auspecies of the project. In particular, I will discuss algorithms and phase
transition analysis for switching over a distribution power grid, optimization of reactive flow in a feeder
line, analysis of distance to failure in the space of fluctuating loads, and if time permits, queuing scheme
for scheduling of plug-in-electric vehicle charging.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Chertkov's areas of interest include statistical and mathematical physics applied to information
theory, computer science, hydrodynamics, optics, communication and infrastructure networks. Dr.
Chertkov received his Ph.D. in physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1996, and his M.Sc.
in physics from Novosibirsk State University in 1990. After his Ph.D., Dr. Chertkov spent three years