Invited Speakers

Professor Michael Caramanis, Production Control of Manufacturing Systems (PCMS) Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Division of Systems Engineering, College of Engineering, Boston University

Speech Title: Power Market Reform for Smart Grid and Renewable Generation Adoption

Abstract: Affordable cyber technology can enhance the operational control capabilities of Electric Power Transmission, Distribution, and Consumption, We will discuss new promissing research directions enabling distributed, yet collaborative decision making that enable power system participants to meet their energy service needs efficiently and reliably while facilitating the extensive integration of environmentally friendly, albait volatile, renewable generation. We will also discuss requisite Electric Power Market Reform that is consist7ent with the aforementioned distributed-collaborative decision making and point out the resulting synergistic environment for efficient integration of renewable generation.

Date and Time: Thursday, June 26, 10:00-11:00

Professor Panos M. Pardalos, Center for Applied Optimization, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA & Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Speech Title: Challenges in controlling the dynamics of energy and theirs environmental impacts

Abstract: Energy plays a dominant role in the economy and security of every country in the world. Energy resources, being closely connected to environmental systems play a vital role in the health and well-being of humanity and are the key to sustainable development. In this talk we are going to discuss several challenges we face in controlling the dynamics of energy and how they impact environmental systems. Sustainability can be achieved using technological innovations in addition to economic and management policies. Examples of successful cases will be discussed.

Date and Time: Thursday, June 26, 14:00-15:00

Professor Vangelis Th. Paschos, Laboratoire d'Analyse et Modélisation de Systèmes pour l'Aide à la Decision (LAMSADE), Computer Science Department, University Paris Dauphine and Institut Universitaire de France

Speech Title: Emergency Management and Probabilistic Combinatorial Optimization

Abstract: Several emergency situations (due, for example, to machine faillures, or to weather changes, or ...) can be modelled in terms of combinatorial optimization problems including probabilistic elements in their definition. This gives rise to thoroughly new combinatorial problems needing new techniques and concepts in order to be handled. We discuss several situations where emergency management brings about solution of some probabilistic combinatorial optimization problem.

Date and Time: Friday, June 27, 11:00-12:00