Basser Seminar Series

Ruminations about the US Smart Grid project

Speaker: Len Bass
Senior Member of Technical Staff, Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Carnegie Mellon University

Time: 19 February 2010, 4:00-5:00pm
Refreshments will be available from 3:30pm

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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Abstract

The United States (and many other countries including Australia) are engaged in efforts to modernize their electric delivery systems. In the US, this effort goes under the name of Smart Grid. The goals of the Smart Grid project are to make the US electric grid more reliable, more secure, more economic, more efficient, more environmentally friendly, and safer. Although there is no goal to be good to your mother, this is an oversight that will probably be corrected with the next release of the goals.

I am involved in the Smart Grid project at two levels. First, I am involved with an industry group drawing up security standards for the various pieces of the grid. Second, I am examining the Smart Grid as an instance of an Ultra Large Scale System (systems without any central control) and using it as an instance of how one can evaluate ULS Systems.

In this talk, I will discuss the two efforts I am involved in and some of the research questions that flow from these efforts.

Speaker's biography

Len Bass is a senior member of the technical staff at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. He has written two award-winning books in software architecture, in addition to several other books and numerous papers in a wide variety of areas of computer science and software engineering. He has more than 45 years experience in software development and research in multiple domains ranging from embedded systems to information systems.