January 19th, 2017

ISE Welcomes Chen Chen on January 25, 2017

Modelling Power Systems Problems with Polynomial Optimization

Seminar by Chen Chen, Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department, Columbia University

Wednesday, January 25th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

144 Baker Systems, 1971 Neil Avenue

Power systems must become more resilient to accommodate the growing presence of renewable energy, electric vehicles, and demand-side generation. However, standard models used for planning and operations typically use simplified approximations of power flow that fail to capture the dynamics of a system under duress. This talk concerns the computational challenges and potential rewards of incorporating more accurate models of the physics of power flow with polynomial optimization.

Chen Chen is a postdoc in the IEOR department at Columbia University. His primary research interest is in the design of optimization algorithms for mixed-integer nonconvex programming problems with applications to power systems. Chen obtained his doctorate in IEOR from UC Berkeley and bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. His work experience includes internships at the Ontario Power Authority and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.