CCICADA Seminar Series in Homeland Security, February 16, 2018

CCICADA Research Group Lab Meeting – CCICADA Seminar Series in Homeland Security

Date/Time:  Friday, February 16, 2018/11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location:  4th Floor Conference Room – 433, Computing Research & Education Building (CoRE)
Busch Campus, Rutgers, the State University

REMOTE – 800 868-1123/41814849 and BigBlueButton meeting (to be announced)

FEATURED SPEAKER: Dr. Michael (Misha) Chertkov, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Title: Electrical Engineering, Operations Research and Machine Learning for Power Distribution


In the three part talk we will give a  subjective perspective of the author on applied mathematics, physics and statistic challenges in control, optimization and operations of resilient electric power distribution.

First, we discuss stochastic optimal control of an aggregated ensemble of flexible, thermostatically controlled electric loads in distribution grids with network constraints. Scenario of limited communications and significant uncertainty due to renewables (solar and wind) is considered. We describe a Markov Decision Process formulation of the problem, discuss an efficient algorithm and demonstrate its performance on IEEE test cases.

Second, we review new ideas and first results on application of the Graphical Models approach to optimization problems of network flow type with additional constraints related to the physics of the flow. We illustrate the general concepts by presenting GM solution for optimal power flow problem.

Third, we present operational application of what can be called “physics informed machine learning” to reconstructing topology and parameters of a power distribution system with minimal observability.

The talk is based on arxiv:1710.10727;1710.09924;1710.09738;1702.01890;1701.04941;1606.06512.

Dr. Chertkov’s  areas of interest include statistical and mathematical physics applied  to energy and communication networks, machine learning, control theory,  information theory, computer science, fluid mechanics and optics. 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 at Princeton University as a R.H. Dicke Fellow in the  Department of Physics. He joined Los Alamos National Lab in 1999,  initially as a J.R. Oppenheimer Fellow in the Theoretical Division. He  is now a technical staff member in the same division. Dr. Chertkov  has published more than 190 papers in these research areas. He is an  editor of the Journal of Statistical Mechanics (JSTAT), associate editor  of IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, member of the  Editorial Board of Scientific Reports (Nature Group), a fellow of the  American Physical Society (APS) and a senior member of IEEE.

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