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Inaugural SCS Colloquium: Thursday, October 17 at 3:30pm in DC1302

To fourth year CS students:

If you are interested in pursuing graduate students then come out to the inaugural colloquium of the newly revived SCS Colloquium series this Thursday (October 17).

The idea of this series is to foster scientific community, discussion and buzz in the School. It will feature local and visiting speakers, with talks aimed at a general CS grad/faculty audience.

I hope to see you all at the talk, and at the reception in the Fishbowl afterwards!


SCS Colloquium

Speaker: S. Keshav
Cisco Systems Research Chair in Smart Grid
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Date and Time: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Location: DC1302

Title: Information Systems and Science for Energy


The generation, distribution, and consumption of energy lie at the foundations of modern civilization. Traditional energy systems are centralized and carbon-intensive, with minimal energy storage, infrequent monitoring, and inefficient models of consumption. In contrast, future energy systems will incorporate tens of millions of stochastic renewable-energy sources and vastly more storage. Unlike the consumers of today--information poor, control poor, and energy rich--driven by the availability of pervasive communication, control, measurement, and computation, future consumers will be information rich, control rich, and energy frugal. Moreover, future energy systems are likely to have an architecture that resembles the Internet, i.e., large-scale, loosely-coupled, distributed, and heterogeneous. My research hypothesis, therefore, is that technologies and concepts originally developed for the Internet will play a key role in future energy systems.

Given this overall motivation, the focus of my research group is on three disruptive technologies: electric vehicles, storage, and distributed renewable energy sources, especially solar energy. We have studied these elements in the context of smart homes and buildings, and in the distribution network. In this talk, I will touch on some examples of our work and discuss the potential for computer science researchers to tackle open problems in energy systems.

Reception to follow at 4:30 in the Fishbowl


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