Keynote Speaker:
Ian A. Hiskens
Vennema Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan
Modelling and Control of Highly Distributed Loads

Responsive load control offers a particularly effective approach to compensating for the variability inherent in large-scale renewable generation, and mitigating the effects of generation and transmission outages. Furthermore, as plug-in electric vehicles grow in popularity, scheduling their charging load will become vitally important to prevent local overloads, and to ensure optimal use of generation resources. Fortunately expansive communications networks and advances in distributed control algorithms facilitate precise, non-disruptive forms of load control.

The presentation will discuss a range of control strategies that achieve coordinated response of large numbers of highly distributed and diverse loads. Designing and analysing the dynamic behaviour of load control schemes is reliant upon models that capture both the latent characteristics of loads together with their response to control signals. The presentation will consider load models which fulfill these requirements.


Ian A. Hiskens (Fellow, IEEE) received the B.Eng.(EE) degree and the B.App.Sc.(Math) degree from the Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education, Rockhampton, Australia, in 1980 and 1983 respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 1991.

He is the Vennema Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has held prior appointments in the Queensland electricity supply industry, and various universities in Australia and the United States. His research interests lie at the intersection of power system analysis and systems theory, with recent activity focused largely on integration of renewable generation and controllable load.

Dr. Hiskens is actively involved in various IEEE societies, and is VP-Finance of the IEEE Systems Council. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia.