Smart Energy Technology is a Driving Force

The Smart Energy Technologies (SET) faculty cluster led a series of workshops based on their smart grid energy research. Working in conjunction with Stony Brook University’s Center for Corporate Education, the goals of the workshops were to educate corporate leadership about how technology can be used to create effective, alternative energy solutions and better manage resources. 

Researching the ability to visualize smart meter data is the focus of faculty member Klaus Mueller, Professor of Computer Science and Stony Brook University and Department Chair of Computer Science for SUNY Korea. His workshop during the SET seminar series focused on how interactive visualization can reinforce and amplify human cognition of abstract data and information. Mueller, who is also the director of the Visual Analytics and Imaging (VAI) Lab, is an expert in data visualization and visual human computer interfaces. 

SET member Rob Johnson presented his research, Business Opportunities in Smart Grid Security, as part of the workshop series. Johnson demonstrated how smart grid security concerns allow for new business opportunities; how power companies will need devices in order to detect network intrusions, and software/hardware solutions for managing cryptographic keys on a large scale. Johnson manages the SPLAT Lab and is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University. His research interests include software security, system and network security, cryptography, digital rights management, operating systems, networks, and algorithm design and analysis.

Samir Das presented his research during the fall smart energy seminar series which focused on using a wireless network for smart grid optimization. Das’ workshop focused on enlightening the augmentation and extending the mobile and wireless network offerings to support innovative smart energy grid processes. Das discussed wireless essentials, wireless M2M, smart meter networks, home area and neighborhood area networks, sensor networks relevant for smart grids, and relevant standards. Das’ research involved case studies and examples of cellular mesh network architectures. Das’ research interests include wireless and mobile networking, specifically focusing on protocols and systems. Das is a Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook, and the Director of the Networking Division of CEWIT, Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology.

Jun Fei, PhD. Fei, a 2009 PhD graduate of Stony Brook University presented Smart Grid Optimization- How the Grid Becomes Smart. This seminar was based on his research of AMI based load modeling, optimal generation, optimal transmission, optimal distribution and delivery, optimal planning and operation, and computational challenges and research opportunities. Fei is currently doing his postdoctoral research in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook University. His research is in stochastic modeling and its application, electric power system and smart grid, and integration of smart grid technologies. Fei is also the managing director of the Smart Grid Lab at the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC).