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Transmission & Distribution Summit 2015

1-3 November 2015, JW Marriott Houston, Houston, TX

Smart Grid Enabled by IOT (Internet of Things) Enabled Micro Grids

Speaker Bio

Rajit Gadh, PhD, is a Professor at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, and the Founding Director of the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) – smartgrid.ucla.edu. He is also Founder and Director of the Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium (WINMEC) – winmec.ucla.edu, of which major organizations including: Boeing, ETRI, Hewlett Packard, Hughes Network Systems, Intel, ISBMItaly, InterDigital, ITC Infotech, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Sprint, Siemens, TCS, Verizon Wireless and others have been sponsors/members over the last several years. Dr Gadh's research interests include: smart grid architectures, smart wireless communications, sense and control for demand response, micro grids and electric vehicle integration into the grid, mobile multimedia, wireless and RFID middleware, RFID and wireless sensors for tracking assets, RF-sensor-control interfaces and visualization. He has over 150 papers in journals, conferences and technical magazines and three patents granted.

He has a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelor's degree from IIT Kanpur. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and did his sabbatical as a visiting researcher at Stanford University for a year. He has won several awards from NSF (CAREER award, Research Initiation award, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology award, GOAL-I award), SAE (Ralph Teetor award), IEEE (second best student-paper, WTS), ASME (Kodak Best Technical Paper award), AT&T (Industrial Ecology Fellow award), Engineering Education Foundation (Research Initiation award), William Wong Fellowship award from University of Hong-Kong, ALCOA Science Support Scholar, etc., and other accolades in his career. He is on the Editorial board of ACM Computers in Entertainment Publication and the CAD Journal. He has lectured and given keynote addresses worldwide in countries such as Austria, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, etc.

Dr Gadh has a strong background in creating technology partnerships with industry. His industrial background started prior to his academic career, when he worked as an Engineer and a Technology Lead for two software startup companies. He enjoys advising students in their quest towards technology startups. In collaboration with his students and researchers, he has cofounded two technology startups.

Dr Gadh and his team have created the WINSmartGrid™, WINSmartEV™ and EVSmartPlug™, technologies in UCLA. WINSmartGrid™ is the underlying communications platform, developed to support the smart grid research at UCLA-SMERC. WINSmartEV™ is a networked smart EV charging technology that is grid-friendly, garage-friendly, EV-friendly and driver-friendly. It utilizes edge-nodes known as EVSmartPlug™.


This talk will present an approach that creates a generalized convergence of ICT or Information and Communications Technology with Internet of Things (IOT) to result in the UCLA, WINSmartGridTM (Wireless Internet Smart Grid – winmec.ucla.edu/smartgrid). A key requirement is for it to support multiple protocols and work with various IOT devices such as power and voltage sensors for monitoring the power grid. The system’s embedded capability controls loads dynamically such as electric vehicles (EVs) and smart energy appliances. Its architecture enables renewable energy sources such as solar photovoltaic, with stand-alone battery energy storage systems or EVs to be integrated within a micro-grid. Control of the energy storage devices and the end appliances is key to the success of a micro-grid. Therefore, a micro-grid campus demonstration is being developed within UCLA’s School of Engineering and this is partly supported by DOE’s Smart Grid Regional Demonstration Project awarded to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DOE funding = USD 60 million). Within this project, UCLA is focused on developing technologies and demonstrations for Automated Demand Response, EV Integration (G2V and V2G), cyber-security, renewable integration and integration of community storage within a Microgrid. To support this research, and to study reliability, efficiency, user adoption, security and scalability, over 200 smart networked EV chargers have been installed and are operational, and several dozen smart appliances have been integrated for the UCLA Smart Micro Grid. The talk will present key findings from the various research projects that started over five years ago and what it means to the future of IOT within the energy sector, Microgrids and the Smart Grid of the future.


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