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MBSE Colloquium: Luigi Vanfretti, MBSE for future CPS electrical power systems
Monday, October 31, 2016
11:00 a.m.
1146 AV Williams Building
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Model-Based Systems Engineering of Future Cyber-Physical Electrical Power Systems: Challenges and Foundations

Luigi Vanfretti
Associate Professor
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden

Micro-grids can be seen as a self-sufficient electrical power system that takes advantage of ICT technologies. That is, a micro-grid will interact with all of it's components, through sensors and control systems, to provide technical functionalities and moreover, facilitate the actions of consumers.  On the other hand, to develop autonomous zero-net-communities, would require the ability of these communities to develop products and services to manage such grids.
This presentation explains how electrical power systems (such as micro grids) are increasingly becoming digitalized, leading to their transformation into a class of cyber-physical systems (a system of systems) where the electrical grid interacts increasingly with ICT. This type of complex systems present unprecedented challenges in their operation and control, that due to the interaction with ICT, require new concepts, methods and tools to facilitate their operational design, manufacturing (of components), and testing/verification/validation of their performance.
Inspired by the tremendous advantages of the model-based system engineering (MBSE) framework developed by the aerospace and military communities, this talk will highlight the challenges to adopt MBSE for electrical power grids. MBSE is not only a framework to deal with all the phases of putting in place complex systems-of-systems, but also provides a foundation for the democratization of technology - both software and hardware.
The talk will illustrate the foundations that have been built by the presenter's research team, KTH SmarTS Lab, has made to meet these challenges.
Some of these foundations include the OpenIPSL, RaPId, SD3K, BableFish and Khorjin open source softwares developed and distributed online by the research group, and available at:


Luigi Vanfretti (IEEE S'03–M'10–SM'13) received the Electrical Engineering degree from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala, in 2005. He was also a Visiting Researcher with The University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, in 2005.

He obtained the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electric power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. For his research and teaching work toward his Ph.D. degree, he was awarded the Charles M. Close Award from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

He became an Assistant Professor with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 2010 and was conferred the Swedish title of “Docent” in 2012, and obtained a tenured Associate Professor position in 2013, which he currently holds.

He was the Principal Investigator at KTH for the FP7 EU projects iTesla and IDE4L, and for the NER-funded project STRONgrid, during the period of 2011-2016.

From 2011-2012 he  was an external scientific advisor during 2011–2012 at the Research and Development Division of Statnett SF, the Norwegian transmission system operator; where he served from 2013-2014 as Special Advisor in Strategy, and from 2014-2016 as a Special Advisor in R&D Strategy and International Collaboration.

Dr. Vanfretti, served from 2009 to 2016 in the IEEE Power Engineering Society (PES) PSDP Working Group on Power System Dynamic Measurements, in different capacities, including as Chair from 2012016. In addition, from 2009 to 2014, he served as Vice-Chair of the IEEE PES CAMS Task Force on Open Source Software.

He is an advocate and evangelist for free/libre and open-source software.

His research interests are in the general area of power system dynamics, while his main focus is on the development of applications of PMU data.

This Event is For: Graduate • Undergraduate • Faculty • Post-Docs • Alumni

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