Friday, February 13, 2015 - 8:45am to 9:45am
KEC 1007

Speaker Information

Masood Parvania
Postdoctoral Scholar
School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
Arizona State University


The changing composition of energy resources, the aging of the grid infrastructure and an increasing number of natural disasters and cyber threats are contributing to heightened attention to the security of power delivery. Addressing the emerging security challenges requires additional flexibility and greater sophistication in managing the power system assets and operations. However, more flexibility comes with greater reliance on a state-of-the-art cyber infrastructure in which cyber attacks, if not avoided, can be detected and managed.

This talk will first present a hierarchical model for operation optimization of small-scale customers’ load reduction and distributed energy resources (DER) that has the potential of enhancing the operational security, improving the economic efficiency, and reducing the carbon footprint of power systems. The second part of this talk will review the cyber security issues of emerging cyber-physical power infrastructure and will introduce a network intrusion detection system (NIDS) design for detecting cyber attacks on the emerging flexible grid structure.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Masood Parvania is a Postdoctoral Scholar with the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University, working in the center for Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) on cyber security of power systems. Previously, he was affiliated with the TCIPG center at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of California Davis. In 2012-2013, he was a Research Associate with the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he developed frameworks for integration of distributed energy resources in power system operation. He completed his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology, in 2013, where he received the Outstanding Research Accomplishment Award. His research focuses on developing mathematical models and optimization techniques for economic, secure, and environmentally-friendly operation of power and energy systems. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications.

Dr. Parvania is the Chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Task Force on Reliability Impacts of Demand Response Integration. He is a member of IEEE and INFORMS, and serves as a reviewer for several international journals.