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07-29-2015

Clarkson University Professor Presents Smart Grid and Electrical Vehicle Communications Tutorial at International Conference

Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Melike Erol-Kantarci delivered a tutorial on smart grid and electric vehicle communications at a flagship conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society (ComSoc) in June.

Melike Erol-KantarciErol-Kantarci presented the tutorial "Communication Architectures and Networking for Electric Vehicles in the Smart Grid" at the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) in London, U.K. She collaborated with University of Ottawa's Hussein Mouftah on the tutorial.

Erol-Kantarci said their research examined how multiple electric vehicles can be charged on a smart grid without risking the reliability and resilience of the system. This smart grid communication is important, she said, because it allows drivers to plug their electric vehicles into charging stations at the same time without damaging distribution system equipment or causing regional blackouts.

Instead of charging all cars simultaneously, the advanced communications of the smart grid rotates the charging schedule of the cars.

"The impact of communication in electric vehicle is to provide resilience and reliability of electricity, given that they have huge electric loads," she said.

IEEE ICC features the latest developments in telecommunications from a technical perspective. Subjects include communications theory, wireless communications, wireless networking, optical networking, next-generation networks for universal services, multimedia communication and home networking, signal processing for communications, communications quality of service, reliability and performance modeling.

More than 30 academics as well as industry representatives attended the three-hour tutorial. Erol-Kantarci said she was pleased to see so many doctoral students interested in researching smart grid and electric vehicle communications.

"The point of many tutorials is to give background information, and we encourage them to work on the open problems in this area," she said. "Seeing that they are interested in doing research is really great."

Read more about the ComSoc portfolio of events at http://www.comsoc.org/conferences/portfolio-events .

Erol-Kantarci said she has been invited to present the tutorial at the IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Wireless Broadband in October in Montreal.

Learn more about the conference at http://www.icuwb2015.org/ .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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