CMU Silicon Valley welcomes Vincent Poor

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 5 at 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST

Location: CMU Silicon Valley Campus: Bldg 23, Rm 118

Vincent Poor

Source: Vincent Poor

Former Dean of Engineering and a professor at Princeton University

Games, Privacy and Distributed Inference for the Smart Grid

The smart grid involves the imposition of an advanced cyber layer atop the physical layer of the electricity grid in order to improve the efficiency and lower the cost of power use and distribution and to allow for the effective integration of variable energy sources and storage modes into the grid. This cyber-physical setting motivates the application of many techniques from the information and systems sciences to problems arising in the electricity grid, and considerable research effort has been devoted to such application in recent years. This talk will describe recent work on three aspects of this problem: applications of game theory to the modeling of the interactions of nodes on the grid; characterization of the fundamental tradeoff between privacy and utility of information sources arising in the grid; and distributed inferential algorithms that are suitable for the topological constraints imposed by the structure of the grid.

H. Vincent Poor is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton, where he is also the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. His research interests are in the areas of information theory, statistical signal processing and stochastic analysis, and their applications in smart grid, wireless networks, and related fields. His publications in these areas include the recent book Mechanisms and Games for Dynamic Spectrum Allocation, published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. Dr. Poor is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences.