Basser Seminar Series

Smarter Energy: The Promise of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems

Speaker: Professor Shivkumar Kalyanaraman
Senior Manager, Next Gen Systems & Smarter Planet Solutions Department, IBM India Research Labs, Bangalore

Time: Friday 9 October 2009, 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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This talk will review how the climate change problem is linked to the fossil-fuel energy problem, and overview various options for sustainable energy and their relative contributions. We then discuss smarter energy (including smart grids), and how sensing, networking, real-time analytics, actuation and control come together in a "cyber-physical" system.

The talk will also discuss key IBM commercial and research initiatives worldwide - ranging from smart grids in Australia, next-gen smart grid pilots in the USA, unified grid/water management in Malta, concentrated solar-power and desalination in Saudi Arabia, integration of fickle wind energy and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) in Denmark, context-sensitive "smart" demand-response systems for residential use.

Australia has a unique opportunity given the abundance of sustainable energy sources, large land/desert and sea-coast and off-shore areas, and the huge investment in broadband networking. The speaker would like to explore opportunities for collaborative projects involving IBM, universities and other commercial/non-profit entities.

Material & ideas for this talk is in part sourced from several IBM'ers (especially Deva Seetharam & Reji Pillai, IBM India), and inspiration from David MacKay's book on this area.

Speaker's biography

Shivkumar Kalyanaraman is a Senior Manager of the Next Gen Systems & Smarter Planet Solutions Department at IBM India Research Labs, Bangalore. He was previously a Manager of the Next Generation Telecom Research group and a Research Staff Member since 2008. He was a full Professor at the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He received a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in July 1993, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the Ohio State University in 1994 and 1997 respectively. He also holds an Executive M.B.A. (EMBA) degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2005). His current research in IBM is at the intersection of emerging wireless technologies and IBM middleware and systems technologies with applications to large-scale smarter planet problems (grids, traffic, finance etc). He was selected by MIT's Technology Review Magazine in 1999 as one of the top 100 young innovators for the new millenium. He served as the TPC Co-chair of IEEE INFOCOM 2008, and will be the General co-chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2010 in New Delhi. He is on the editorial board of IEEE/ACM Transactions of Networking. He is a Senior Member of ACM and IEEE.