Shawkat Ali is an IEEE Smart Grid Technical Expert, a senior member of IEEE and an active member of the IEEE Queensland Section. He is an authority in computational intelligence and its role in Smart Grid. He speaks frequently on these and related topics at IEEE conferences, serves on conference committees and regularly reviews papers for IEEE conference proceedings. He has also chaired IEEE international workshops on computing topics. He is a member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.
In this interview, Shawkat Ali explains how utilities can use computational intelligence for Smart Grid planning and optimization and to meet the industry’s complex security needs. He notes that utilities will need cloud computing technologies to store the vast amounts of data generated by Smart Grids, and that data mining tools will be needed to make effective use of this information. The Internet of Things, he says, will also play an important role in implementing and making efficient use of Smart Grids.
Question: What are the most important Smart Grid trends you are observing today, and how should industry and society respond to these trends?