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LIINES Research Program Overview Updated

The LIINES Research Program Overview has just been updated.  It is currently concerned with four classes of engineering systems.

  • Smart Power Grids
  • Energy-Water Nexus
  • Energy-Transportation Nexus
  • Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems.

The page highlights the need for enterprise control as a paradigm to address the interdisciplinary, complex and timely decisions of today.

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Weather-Aided State Estimation Paper Accepted at IEEE ISGT Europe 2013

As humanity comes to increasingly rely on renewable energy sources, the electric power grid becomes increasingly vulnerable to sudden shifts in the weather.   Mitigating this challenge requires up-to-date information to be sent to power system operators so as to maintain situational awareness as weather events happen.  In the first paper of its kind, Reshma Francy, Prof. Amro M. Farid and Prof. Kamal Youcef-Toumi have published a paper entitled:  “A Weather Aided State Estimator for Power Systems with Integrated Variable Energy Resources“.  This work provides power system operators with an enhanced and forecasted view of the power grid as it responds to weather conditions.

The work will be presented at the 4th IEEE European Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark October 6-9 2013.  The Conference will provide to the participants from industry and academia the opportunity to discuss the cutting-edge development of smart grid technologies and the associated solutions related to increased penetration of renewables and distributed energy resources in the power system.

Full text of the paper and previous work may be found through the LIINES Website  publications page under paper code [SPG-C07]

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Research Theme Highlight Part II: Energy-Water Nexus

The Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems maintains a research program composed of four complementary themes.  In the first of a four part series on the LIINES website,  the laboratory’s Energy-Water Nexus Research Theme is highlighted.

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Research Theme Highlight Part I: Energy-Water Nexus

The Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems maintains a research program composed of four complementary themes.  In the first of a four part series on the LIINES website,  the laboratory’s Energy-Water Nexus Research Theme is highlighted.

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The Unveiling of the New LIINES Logo!

The LIINES website has gotten a new makeover!  A new logo has been introduced on all pages to evoke the spirit of the lab. WhiteLogo2

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Optimal Power & Water Flow Paper Accepted at IEEE IWIES 2013

In the middle east, water and electricity utilities are often combined within a single utility due to the presence of conventional desalination facilities that co-produce water and power.   This organizational and physical configuration opens opportunities for the co-optimization in the dispatch of power and water.  In the third of a three paper series, Apoorva Santhosh, Prof. Amro M. Farid, and Prof. Kamal Youcef-Toumi have published a paper entitled:  “Optimal Network Flow for the Supply Side of the Energy-Water Nexus“.  This work specifically addresses the network flow constraints that describe the geographical distribution of the two distribution systems.

The work will be presented at the IEEE International Workshop on Intelligent Energy Systems in Vienna, Austria November 14th 2013 which aims to bring researchers from academia, industry, standardization and public authorities together to discuss recent developments in architectures, concepts and algorithms for managing the increasing complexity in energy systems, especially in Smart Grids.  This year, the IEEE IWIES is collocated with IECON 2013 – The 39th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.

Full text of the paper and previous work may be found through the LIINES Website  under paper code [EWN-C05] :  http://amfarid.scripts.mit.edu publications page.

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Dr. Aramazd Muzhikyan to present work at MIT-Mechatronics Research Laboratory

Upon the invitation of Prof. Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Director of the Mechatronics Research Laboratory — MIT Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Aramazd Muzhikyan will be presenting his work on Variable Energy Resource Induced Power System Imbalances.  A lunchtime talk will be given today at 12pm at MIT room 3-133.  All are welcome to attend.  This invitation is an example of the continued collaboration between LIINES and the MRL as part of MIT-Masdar Institute joint collaboration.

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Happy Eid — Eid Mubarak — عيد مبارك

 

Happy Eid!  Eid mubarak!   Today more than a billion muslim members of humanity all over the world are celebrating Eid-Al-Fitr in thanks and gratitude for having plenty.  We congratulate them all and wish them peace and happiness with friends, colleagues, family and loved ones.

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Empowering your Network — Long Run vs. Short Run

If there were one phrase to describe the LIINES, it would be “Empowering your Network” .   We research networked engineering systems.  We work in social collaborative networks, and we empower both to work and be that much better.  This is always a trade-off of short run and long-run.  So consider Jack Welch’s recent article on the topic:  “Eating and Dreaming“.

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Energy-Water Nexus Paper Accepted at CSD&M 2013

Water and electricity are inextricably linked in what is often called the energy-water nexus.  Yet little work has been done to address this work from an engineering systems perspective.  Towards that end, William Lubega and Prof. Amro M. Farid have authored their second paper of the year on the topic.  Entitled “An Engineering Systems Model for the Quantitative Analysis of the Energy-Water Nexus“, the work provides a first quantitative analysis of the interdependencies between the electricity, water, and wastewater systems.

The work will be presented at the Complex Systems Design & Management Conference to be held in Paris, France December 4-6, 2013.  The CSD&M conference is the annual meeting point for both industrial & academic players working in industrial fields and dealing with large-scale complex systems.

Full text of the paper and previous work may be found through the LIINES Website: http://amfarid.scripts.mit.edu publications page.

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