Princeton professor to speak on "Smart Grid: Energy Meets Information" at Clarkson on Tuesday
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:30 am

POTSDAM -- Princeton University Professor H. Vincent Poor will speak on "Smart Grid: Energy Meets Information," on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m. in Clarkson's Snell 213.

Poor’s presentation is part of the New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at Clarkson. A reception will precede the lecture at 3 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

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For more details, please contact Liya Regel, New Horizons in Engineering founder and chair, at [email protected].

Requirements for the distribution of electric power are changing rapidly because of renewable energy resources and heightened concerns over security and reliability.

The smart grid involves the imposition of a cyber layer of sensors, communication networks, and controls, atop the physical layer of the electric power grid, in order to improve the efficiency, reliability and security of the grid, and to enable the integration of renewable energy sources and greater consumer participation in grid management.

The resulting cyber-physical nature of the power delivery system opens the door for the application of a number of tools from the information sciences in this setting, including optimization, game theory & control; communications, networking & information theory; and statistical inference, machine learning & signal processing.

Poor's distinguished lecture will provide an overview of this area, illustrated with examples from recent research in the field.

H. Vincent Poor is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University.

His current research activities are focused on advances in several fields of rapid technology development, notably wireless networks, energy systems and social networks. Among his publications in these areas is the recent book Information Theoretic Security and Privacy of Information Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Poor is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the British Royal Society. He is a former president of the IEEE Information Theory Society, and a former editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.

He currently serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, the IEEE Foundation, the National Academy of Engineering, and Swarthmore College. He has received numerous awards and recognitions from national and international organizations. Recent recognition of his work includes the 2016 John Fritz Medal, the 2017 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, and honorary doctorates and professorships from several universities, including a D.Sc. honoris causa from Syracuse in 2017.

From 1977 until 1990, Poor served as a professor at the University of Illinois. In 1990 he was appointed the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton. From 2006 to 2016 he served as dean of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. He has also held visiting appointments at several other universities, most recently at Berkeley and Cambridge.

He will be the 16th Distinguished Lecturer in Clarkson University's New Horizons in Engineering series, which is dedicated to improving the understanding of important issues facing engineering and society in the 21st century.