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Learning Distribution Grid Topologies

July 6 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Abstract: Unveiling feeder topologies from data is of paramount importance to advance situational awareness and proper utilization of smart resources in power distribution grids. This tutorial summarizes, contrasts, and establishes useful links between recent works on topology identification and detection schemes that have been proposed for power distribution grids.% under different regimes of measurement type, observability, and sampling. The primary focus is to highlight methods that overcome the limited availability of measurement devices in distribution grids, while enhancing topology estimates using conservation laws of power-flow physics and structural properties of feeders. Grid data from phasor measurement units or smart meters can be collected either passively in the traditional way, or actively, upon actuating grid resources and measuring the feeder’s voltage response. Analytical claims on feeder identifiability and detectability are reviewed under disparate meter placement scenarios. Such topology learning claims can be attained exactly or approximately so via algorithmic solutions with various levels of computational complexity, ranging from least-squares fits to convex optimization problems, and from polynomial-time searches over graphs to mixed-integer programs. This tutorial aspires to provide researchers and engineers with knowledge of the current state-of-the-art in tractable distribution grid learning and insights into future directions of work.

Bio: Deepjyoti Deka is a staff scientist in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was previously a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Nonlinear Studies. His research interests include data-driven analysis of power grid structure, operations and security, and stochastic optimization in social and physical networks. At LANL, Dr. Deka serves as a PI/co-PI for DOE and LDRD projects on machine learning in power systems, interdependent networks and in cyber-physical security. Before joining the laboratory, he received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) from the University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA, in 2011 and 2015, respectively. He completed his undergraduate degree in electronics and communication engineering (ECE) from IIT Guwahati, India with an institute silver medal as the best outgoing student of the department in 2009. Dr. Deka is a senior member of IEEE and has served as an editor on IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.

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July 6
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


ESAT, Auditorium R, 00.54
Kasteelpark Arenberg 10
Heverlee, 3000 Belgium
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