ISGT 2013 Technical Papers

A session at Fourth Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT 2013)

  • Hamid Gharavi
  • Betty Tobin
  • Tariq Samad
  • Mladen Kezunovic
  • Steve Pullins
  • Dr. Harold Kirkham

Wednesday 27th February, 2013

10:30am to 5:00pm (EST)

Leading smart grid researchers, practitioners, and innovators will present an array of technical papers during ISGT 2013.

Two tracks will be offered during the day, focusing on a variety of topics.

Track I Technical Paper sessions:
* Wide Area Monitoring
* Phasor Measurement Unit
* Communications, Networks and Technologies

Track II Technical Paper sessions:
* Electric Vehicle Applications
* Microgrid Applications
* Demand Side Management

About the speakers

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Hamid Gharavi

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Hamid Gharavi received the Ph.D. degree from Loughborough University, Loughborough, U.K., in 1980. He joined AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, in 1982. He was then transferred to Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) after the AT&T-Bell divestiture, where he became a Consultant on video technology and a Distinguished Member of Research Staff. In 1993, he joined Loughborough University as Professor and Chair of Communication Engineering. Since September 1998, he has been with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), US Department of Commerce, Gaithersburg, MD. Dr Gharavi was a core member of the Study Group XV (Specialist Group on Coding for Visual Telephony) of the International Communications Standardization Body CCITT (ITU-T). He was selected as one of the six university academics to be appointed to the U.K. Government’s Technology Foresight Panel in Communications to consider the future through 2015 and make recommendations for allocation of key research funds. His research interests include smart grid, wireless multimedia, mobile communications and wireless systems, mobile ad-hoc networks, and video/image transmission. He holds eight U.S. patents related to these topics. Dr Gharavi received the Charles Babbage Premium Award from the Institute of Electronics and Radio Engineering in 1986, and the IEEE CAS Society Darlington Best Paper Award in 1989. He has been a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communication Society. In 1992 Dr. Gharavi was elected a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to low bit-rate video coding and research in subband coding for image and video applications. He has been a Guest Editor for a number of special issues, including one on Smart Grid, which has been published in June, 2011 by the PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE. He served as a member of the Editorial Board of the PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE from January, 2003 to December, 2008. He is currently a member of the Editorial board, IET Image Processing. Dr Gharavi served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on CAS for Video Technology (CSVT) from 1996 to 2006. He then became the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of this IEEE Transactions through December 31, 2009. Currently, he is serving as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on CSVT.

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Betty Tobin

Snohomish County PUD

Betty Tobin is Senior Manager, Planning Engineering Technical Services, Distribution Services, Office of the General Manager, Snohomish County

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Tariq Samad


Tariq Samad is Corporate Fellow at Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions, based in Minneapolis, U.S.A.. His career with Honeywell has spanned 25 years, during which time he has contributed to, and led, automation and control technology developments for applications in electric power systems, the process industries, building management, automotive engines, unmanned aircraft, and clean energy. His research interests relate broadly to automation, intelligence, and autonomy for complex engineering systems. Dr. Samad is a Fellow of the IEEE and the recipient of several awards including the 2008 IEEE CSS Control Systems Technology Award. He served as the President of IEEE Control Systems Society in 2009 and he will be the President Elect for the American Automatic Control Council in 2012. He was editor-in-chief of IEEE Control Systems Magazine from 1998 to 2003. He was the Program Chair for the 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control (Taiwan) and he is the General Chair for the 2012 American Control Conference (Montréal). Dr. Samad holds 17 patents and has authored or coauthored over 100 publications, including the recent online report, The Impact of Control Technology (ieeecss.org/main/IoCT-report). He currently serves on the editorial board of IEEE Press. He represents Honeywell on the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute and he is a member of the Governing Board of the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. Dr. Samad holds a B.S. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Mladen Kezunovic

Texas A&M University

Dr. Mladen Kezunovic is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University where he holds the Eugene E. Webb Endowed Professorship.

He worked for Westinghouse Electric in the U.S.A. as a Systems Engineer on development of the first all-digital substation during 1979-1980 and for Energoinvest Company in Europe as the Technical Lead for substation automation development during 1980-86. He also spent sabbaticals at EdF’s Research Centre in Clamart, France in 1999/2000 and at the University of Hong Kong in the fall of 2007. Dr. Kezunovic served as a consultant to over 50 utilities and vendors worldwide. He is TAMU’s Site Director of the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSerc), and a Deputy Director of the Electrical Vehicles Transportation and Electricity Convergence (EV-TEC) Center, both Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) of the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Kezunovic acted as a Principal Investigator on close to 100 R&D projects ranging from implementation of real-time and open-loop digital simulators for relay testing to development of software solutions for automated analysis of faults and power quality disturbances. His current research activity is related to development of new concepts for substation automation and condition-based asset management, as well as advanced relaying and control solutions.

Dr. Kezunovic has published more than 400 papers and has given over 100 invited lectures, short courses and seminars around the world. He is an IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Speaker, CIGRE member, and registered PE in Texas. He is also a recipient of the Inaugural 2011 IEEE Educational Activities Board Standards Education Award “for educating students and engineers about the importance and benefits of interoperability standards”.

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Steve Pullins

Horizon Energy Group

Mr. Steve Pullins has more than 30 years of utility industry experience in operations, maintenance, engineering, and renewables project development. He previously led the nation’s Modern Grid Strategy for DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. He has worked with more than 20 utilities in Smart Grid strategies, renewables strategies, power system optimization, operations transformation, and RTO/ISO operational processes. Horizon Energy Group is focused on Smart Grids and actively architecting and designing microgrid and energy storage solutions. Mr. Pullins is the vice-chair of the IEEE PES Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee, a member of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, and the OpenSG (Smart Grid) group. He holds a BS and MS in Engineering.

Horizon Energy Group was named a Company to Watch in the book, “Perfect Power” by former Motorola Chairman, Bob Galvin, and former EPRI CEO, Kurt Yeager.

Two Horizon partners listed as one of the “Top 100 Movers and Shakers in the Smart Grid Movement” by GreenTech Media.

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Dr. Harold Kirkham

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Harold Kirkham joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 2009 to do research related to the smart grid. Before that, he was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where he managed a number of projects related to electric power systems and measurements. This work included “Communication and Control for Electric Power Systems” (U.S. Department of Energy-funded) and “NEPTUNE-Power” (National Science Foundation- funded with the University of Washington).

A Fellow of IEEE, Dr. Kirkham has been a member of the Power and Energy Society’s Technical Council for several years, has chaired the Instrumentation and Measurements Committee, and has participated in the development of several standards. He has received several IEEE awards. He has published many papers and reports and a “how to” manual on technical graphics.

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Time 10:30am5:00pm EST

Date Wed 27th February 2013

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