Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Smart Electric Grids – the Vision, the Opportunities, the Challenges

Asset Colloquium
Speaker: Krithi Ramamritham (Indian Institute of Technology Department of Computer Science and Engineering Powai Mumbai 400076)
Date: Friday, 17 May 2013, 16:00 to 17:00
Venue: Main Lecture Theatre (AG-66)

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Abstract:  Smart grids have been heralded as the key enabler of cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy. They incorporate diverse energy sources, advanced monitoring, demand-side management and the ability to “self heal”. The success of smart grids lies in the development of effective solutions for a) Demand-supply management incorporating intermittent, renewable, energy sources; b) Monitoring and sensing to understand energy generation and consumption patterns; c) Accommodating human-in-the-loop and understanding the impact of incentive structures; and d) Distributed information management and control strategies. The talk will cover these topics and show how data analytics plays a crucial role in addressing these problems.

About the Speaker: Prof. Krithi Ramamritham did his B.Tech and M.Tech from IIT Madras and receives his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He was with the University of Massachusetts during 1981-2001 and served as Dean (R&D) at IIT Bombay during 2006-2009.

Prof. Ramamritham is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, India, and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He has received the IBM Faculty Award twice. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras and the Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from the University of Sydney.

Prof. Ramamritham has been associated with the editorial board of Real-Time Systems Journal, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Internet Computing and the VLDB Journal. He has served on the Board of Directors of Persistent Systems, Pune, on the Board of Trustees of the VLDB Endowment, and on the Technical Advisory Board of TTTech, Vienna, Austria, Microsoft Research India, and Tata Consultancy Services.

Of the two startups that Prof. Ramamritham has co-founded, Agrocom offers award-winning information and communication technology-based real-time decision-support tools to farmers and organizations enabling progressive farming while Nex Robotics delivers high quality products in robotics andembedded systems.