CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The new generation electricity power network, a.k.a., smart grid, is a complex socio-technical system involving nonlinear physical constraints, large scale computations and intricate economic/environmental impacts. This course gives an interdisciplinary perspective of the grid: the fundamental physics of the grid; the related modeling and computation challenges; basic game theoretic tools and analysis of the dynamic market interactions. The pre-requisites are basic optimization and mathematical maturity or consent of the instructor.

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COURSE COORDINATOR: Ermin Wei

Instructor's Background: Prof. Wei is currently completing her PhD studies in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, advised by Professor Asu Ozdaglar, where she also obtained her M.S. (10’). She received her undergraduate triple degree in Computer Engineering, Finance and Mathematics with a minor in German, from University of Maryland, College Park in 2008. Wei has received many awards, including the Graduate Women of Excellence Award, second place prize in Ernst A. Guillemen Thesis Award and Alpha Lambda Delta National Academic Honor Society Betty Jo Budson Fellowship. Wei’s research interests include distributed optimization methods, convex optimization and analysis, smart grid and energy networks and market economic analysis..

PREREQUISITES: Multivariable Calculus (e.g. Math 230) and Linear Algebra (e.g. Math 240 or GenEng 205-1).

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