Impact of Data-based Modeling on Electricity Infrastructure Operations and Security Applications

Thursday, December 5, 2002 - 1:20pm - 1:50pm
Keller 3-180
Virtually every crucial economic and social function depends on the secure, reliable operation of energy, telecommunications, transportation, financial, and other infrastructures. The Internet, computer networks, and our digital economy have increased the demand for reliable and disturbance-free electricity; banking and finance depends on the robustness of electric power, cable, and wireless telecommunications. With dramatic increases in inter-regional bulk power transfers and accelerating diversity of transactions among parties, the electric power grid is being used in ways for which it was not originally designed. Grid congestion and atypical power flows are increasing, while customer expectations of reliability are rising to meet the needs of a pervasively digital world.

Furthermore, as the power grids become heavily loaded with long distance transfers, the already complex system dynamics become even more important. The potential for rare-events but high-impact cascading phenomena represent just a few of many new science and technology concepts that are under development. Analysis and modeling of interdependent infrastructures (e.g. the electric power, together with protection systems, telecommunications, oil/gas pipelines and energy markets) is especially pertinent. This presentation will focus on a strategic vision extending to a decade, or longer, for a data-based paradigm that would enable more secure and robust systems operation, security monitoring and efficient energy markets.