The future Smart Grid is “smart” because it uses information and communication technologies to efficiently, reliably, flexibly and sustainably monitor and control the generation, distribution and use of electricity. In this talk, we discuss the communication challenges of the future Smart Grid. We begin with a survey of current grid communication architectures and their protocols. We then discuss application and control (and hence communication) requirements for the smart grid and describe a number of resulting research challenges. We then “deep” dive into one particular area – that of monitoring the Smart Grid. We conclude with a discussion of some of the “lessons learned” from 40 years of Internet architecture, and the extent to which that wisdom might (and might not) inform Smart Grid network architecture and protocols.
Jim Kurose is currently Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts. Professor Kurose has been a Visiting Scientist at IBM Research, INRIA, Institut EURECOM, the University of Paris, and Technicolor Research Labs. He has previously served in a number of campus administrative roles including Chair of the Department of Computer Science, and Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. His research interests include network protocols and architecture, network measurement, cyber-physical systems, multimedia communication, and modeling and performance evaluation. Dr. Kurose has served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He has served as Technical Program Co-chair for IEEE Infocom, ACM SIGCOMM, ACM SIGMETRICS and the ACM Internet Measurement conference. He has won several conference best paper awards and received the ACM Sigcomm Test of Time Award. He has also received a number of awards for his educational activities, including the IEEE Taylor Booth Education Medal. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association, the NSF CISE advisory council, and the boards of several research institutes. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the ACM. With Keith Ross, he is the co-author of the textbook, Computer Networking, a top down approach, now in its 6th edition.