2021 IEEE Big Data & Analytics for Power Systems Workshop


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Advancing Energy Infrastructure Resilience using Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Don't miss this complementary workshop, open to eveyone! The objective of the workshop is to identify challenges and opportunities of advancing energy infrastructure resilience to attacks, natural disasters, extreme weather events, and pandemic situations and lay out emerging solutions of leveraging advanced data analytics and AI to securing the critical infrastructure in energy systems of the future. This workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners from universities, national laboratories, and industry in both energy and AI domains. The visions, insights, and success stories shared at the workshop will help identify the research gaps and prioritize the research needs of future AI solutions to enhancing energy system resilience.

The IEEE BDAPS Workshop will be held in a virtual environment 

FEBRUARY 4 - 5, 2021 1-3PM EST 


Panel 1 - Challenges:    REGISTER NOW - Panel 1  

Panel 2 - Opportunites: REGISTER NOW - Panel 2 




Feb 4 - Panel 1: Challenges  REGISTER NOW - Panel 1 

Time (EST)PanelistTitle
1:00 - 1:05 PM Ben Kroposki Introduction
1:05 - 1:20 PM Guohui Yuan Applying AI in Solar Grid Integration - DOE Research Initiatives
1:20 - 1:35 PM Tony Kuh
1:35 - 1:50 PM Power Zhao
1:50 - 2:05 PM Anu Annaswamy
2:05 - 3:00 PM Ben Kroposki Discussion


Feb 5 Panel 2:  REGISTER NOW - Panel 2

Time (EST)PanelistTitle
1:00 - 1:05 PM Lalitha Sankar Introduction
1:05 - 1:20 PM Chen-Ching Liu Cyber-Power System Security: Challenges and Solutions
1:20 - 1:35 PM Le Xie
1:35 - 1:50 PM Gary Rackliffe AI and Machine Learning for Power Systems, Opportunities and Challenges
1:30 - 2:05 PM Clifton Black Leveraging a Grid Visualization & Analytics Center for Business Value
2:05 - 3:00 PM Lalitha Sankar Discussion


Chair of IEEE PES ​​Subcommittee on Big Data & Analytics for Power Systems

Le Xie

Professor and Chancellor EDGES Fellow at Texas A&M University

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Organizing Committee Chairs

Rui Yang

Senior Research Engineer at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


Qun Zhou

Director of Smart Infrastructure Data Analytics Laboratory at University of Central Florida

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Payman Dehghanian

Assistant Professor at George Washington University

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Ming Dong

Senior Data Scientist at Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

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Guohui Yuan

Systems Integration Program Manager, Solar Energy Technologies Office, US Department of Energy

Guohui Yuan

Dr. Guohui Yuan is with the Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) under Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE). Since 2016 he has been the program manager for the Systems Integration (SI) program, leading a team of technology managers and support staff to manage federal investments in research, development, and demonstration of technologies and solutions that enable the widespread deployment of solar energy on the nation's electricity grid.

Dr. Yuan joined SETO as a technical advisor in 2011 during the launch of the SunShot Initiative. Prior to DOE, he held key positions in industry-leading clean tech startup companies, including CURRENT Group, GridPoint, and WaveCrest Labs. Early in his career, he worked at COMSAT Labs as a systems scientist in satellite communications. He is a well-recognized domain expert, innovator, and thought leader. He has published dozens of journal and conference papers, and is a frequent speaker at industry meetings. He holds nine patents on electric vehicle propulsion systems. Dr. Yuan holds a B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, both in physics. He has taken leadership trainings at MIT Sloan and at Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.

Tony Kuh

Program Director, Division of Electrical, Communications & Cyber Systems, US National Science Foundation. He is a fellow of IEEE.

Power Zhao

Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division, US Argonne National Laboratory. She is a fellow of IEEE and ACM.

Chen-Ching Liu

American Electric Power Professor and Director, Power and Energy Center, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a fellow of IEEE.

Le Xie

Professor of Texas A&M University, Chair of IEEE PES ​​Subcommittee on Big Data & Analytics for Power Systems.

Ben Kroposki

Director, Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Ben Kroposki is the Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he leads NREL’s strategic research in the design, planning and operations of electrical power systems. He has over 30 years of experience in the design, testing, and integration of renewable and distributed power systems and has more than 150 publications in these areas with over 7,600 citations. Dr. Kroposki received his BSEE and MSEE from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Kroposki is the recipient of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award. This award has been established to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of developing, utilizing and integrating renewable energy resources in the national and global energy scenarios. As an IEEE Fellow, Dr. Kroposki was recognized for his leadership in renewable and distributed energy systems integration.

Anu Annaswamy


Lalitha Sankar

Associate Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University.


Lalitha Sankar received her doctorate from Rutgers University, her masters from the University of Maryland and her bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. She has received the NSF CAREER award and currently leads an NSF-funded institute focused on using data science to enable real-time integration of synchrophasor data into grid operations.

 Gary Rackliffe

Vice President, Market Development and Innovation North America, Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Gary Rackliffe ABB

Gary Rackliffe is the ABB Vice President for Market Development and Innovation and the General Manager for the Customer Experience Center that Hitachi ABB Power Grids has in Raleigh, North Carolina.  He has extensive experience leading utility network control software development, marketing, sales, and business development; Flexible AC Transmission Systems; Strategy and Marketing Communications for Power Products and Power Systems; Transmission and Distribution equipment and software sales; and smart grid and grid modernization innovation and strategic initiatives.

Gary is a member of NEMA’s Distribution Automation Technical Committee and chairs NEMA’s Utility Products & Systems Division Leadership Committee.  He is also a member of the DistribuTECH Advisory Committee, the GridWise Alliance Technical Council (past board member), the Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, the Department of Energy ADMS Steering Committee, the E4 Carolinas Innovation Council, and the IEC Smart Energy Systems Committee (SyC SE), serving as the SyC SE Technical Advisor for the IEC US National Committee.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (Chairman), the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), Texas A&M Smart Grid Center, E4 Carolinas, and the Research Triangle Regional Partnership.


Gary holds BS and ME degrees in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and a MBA degree from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer and an IEEE Senior Member.  He has co-authored a T&D planning book and has written numerous technical papers and articles.

Clifton Black





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