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Alberto Borghetti was born in Cesena, Italy, in 1967. He graduated (with honors) in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1992. Since then, he has been working with the power system group of the same University, where he was appointed Researcher in 1994 and Associate Professor in 2004. His research and teaching activities are in the areas of power system analysis, with particular reference to voltage collapse, power system restoration after black-out, electromagnetic transients, optimal generation scheduling and distribution system operation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (class 2015) for contributions to modeling of power distribution systems under transient conditions. In 2016, he has received the ICLP (International Conference on Lightning Protection) Scientific Committee Award. From 2010 to 2016 he has served as an Editor of IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid and he is on the editorial board of Electric Power System Research.


The increasing availability of distributed generation (DG) in medium voltage feeders justifies the investigation of approaches that improve the utilization of these resources for the Volt/Var control. When DG production is mostly from renewable energy resources, the operation of these networks may represent a difficult task due the following causes: the point of connection of DG in an MV feeder may be at some distance from the buses of significant consumption and the production from nondispatchable DG is in general not synchronized with the demand. Without the implementation of an adequate control of DG outputs, these two causes may severely reduce the expected DG benefits, such as the reduction of peak loads, of power loss and congestions, the avoidance of network overcapacity, and the deferral of network reinforcements. This tutorial addresses the role of the increased use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the integration of DERs, and to this aim we describe the example of a multiagent system (MAS) approach for the Volt-VAR control (VVC) tested using an ICT-power cosimulation platform specifically developed for the purpose.



A. M. Gole is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Since 1992, he is also the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Power Systems Simulation. He received the B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada), all in Electrical Engineering. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of power systems simulation. Gole’s research interests include the utility applications of power electronics and power systems transient simulation. As an original member of the design team, he has made important contributions to the PSCAD/EMTDC simulation program. Gole is active on several working groups of CIGRE and IEEE and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Manitoba.
In 2007, the IEEE Power Engineering Society awarded Gole the prestigious Nari Hingorani FACTS Award "..for Contributions to the Education in the Field of Power Systems and Embedded Power Electronics Apparatus Simulation". He was elected a Fellow of IEEE in 2010 "for contributions to the modeling of power electronics apparatus."


Dr. Om Nayak is the Managing Director of Nayak Power Systems here in India and President of Nayak Corporation in the United States. He has extensive hands-on experience with RTDS and PSCAD as a developer, user and promoter. He is very passionate about these tools for the benefit they bring in understanding complex power system phenomena, and in particular for students of power systems.
Dr. Nayak obtained his Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Mysore University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Manitoba, Canada, specializing in power systems. His previous industry experience includes his work at Bosch in Bangalore, Siemens in Chennai and Manitoba HVDC Research Centre in Winnipeg, Canada. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Manitoba, Canada and a Senior Member of the IEEE and supporter of IEEE Scholarship Plus initiative.


1. Introduction to Reactive Power and Dynamic Compensation using FACTS Technology
a. What is real and reactive Power?
b. Impact of Reactive Power in the Ac Network
c. Passive and Active Devices for reactive compensation
d. An introduction to FACTS Topologies (SVC, TCSC, STATCOM, SSSC, UPFC, IPFC, etc.)

2. Thyristor based FACTS devices:
a. Static Var Compensator (SVC), TCR, TSC.
b. Operation and design considerations
c. Control
d. Applications
e. Hands-on tutorial (on 3 phase SVC controls and load voltage regulation)

3. Voltage Sourced Converter Basics
a. VSC Topologies, multi-pulse and multi-level
b. Pulse Width Modulation
c. Selective Harmonic Elimination
d. Current-reference PWM
e. MMC(Modular Multilevel Converter)
f. VSC topologies (multi-level, multi-pulse, etc.)
g. Application Areas (voltage control, active filtering etc.)
h. Hands-on tutorial (STATCOM for voltage Control)
i. PSCAD Demonstration: STATCOM for arc-furnace flicker compensation and load balancing

4. Vision of Future Developments


Vahid Madani, Ph.D., Fellow IEEE – is a technology leader for advanced power systems applications at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA. His most recent assignments are associated with grid modernization, reactive compensation, advanced control technology deployment, wide-area advanced warning systems, and deployment of emerging technology. His experience spans across System Planning, Operation to Protection and Control, Substation and implementation in Electrical, Instrumentation and Control Engineering including Research, Innovations, Development, and Compliance. Dr. Madani has held many technical and leadership positions within the WECC Reliability, the US DOE / North American Synchrophasor Initiative (NASPI), and in the IEEE PES. He has many publications and has co-authored text books and reference handbooks. He is a Fellow of IEEE and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Adjunct Faculty at Mississippi State University, and a registered Electrical Engineer in California.


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Vladimir Terzija is the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council Chair Professor in Power System Engineering with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K., where he has been since 2006. He was born in Donji Baraci (former Yugoslavia). He received the DiplIng., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, in 1988, 1993, and 1997, respectively. From 1997 to 1999, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia. From 2000 to 2006, he was a senior specialist for switchgear and distribution automation with ABB AG Inc., Ratingen, Germany. His current research interests include smart grid application of intelligent methods to power system monitoring, control, and protection; wide-area monitoring, protection, and control; switchgear and fast transient processes; and digital signal processing applications in power systems. Prof. Terzija is currently leading a number of large scale projects funded by the UK Government, UK and international industry and European Union. The total value of these projects is more than £30m. In his research team he has currently 10 PhD students and 5 Postdoctoral Research Associates. He is currently convenor of the Cigré Working Group B5.14 “Wide Area Protection and Control Technologies” and a contributing member of several IEEE working groups. Prof Terzija has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and in proceedings of international conferences. He held visiting professorship at the Shandong University (Jinan, China), University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia). He also servs as a consultant to a number of industry and government agencies including National Grid, UK, Scottish Power, UK, Electricity North West, UK, EPSRC and many others. He is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems. Prof. Terzija is IEEE Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, as well as a DAAD and Taishan Scholar.


Coming soon

Tutorial 3 :  FACTS Technology

                     Prof. Aniruddha Gole, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada.

                           Dr. Om Nayak, President, Nayak Corporation, United States.

All tutorials are scheduled on 21st December 2017.


S. S. (Mani) Venkata is President of Venkata Consulting Solutions Inc. He was with GE Power/Alstom Grid Inc. from January 2011 to September 2017 as Principal Enterprise Architect. He continues his affiliation with the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, Washington where he has taught since 1979. He was Vice President with KEMA Inc. for six years during 2005-2010. He was the Dean and Distinguished Professor of Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York during 2004-2005. In 2003, he was the Palmer Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Iowa State University (ISU), Ames, Iowa. From 1996 to 2002, he was Professor and Chairman of the Department at ISU. Before joining ISU, he taught at the University of Washington, Seattle, West Virginia University, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell for 25 years. He received his B.S.E.E and M.S.E.E. degrees from India, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina, Columbia in 1971.
Prof. Venkata has conducted research, design and development work for more than 35 utilities and power related industries for the past 48 years. Venkata has published and/or presented over 375 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and is a co-author of the book Introduction to Electric Energy Systems, Prentice-Hall Publications, 1987. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Washington and West Virginia.
Dr. Venkata is a Life Fellow of the IEEE. At the IEEE level, he is a member of the IEEE Fellows Committee since 2010. He represented the PES as the TAB Periodicals Committee member for four years during 2004-07. He also served as the Seattle Section Chair, and the Student Branch Advisor. At the PES level, he is currently serving as the Chair of the PES Smart Grid R&D Committee. He served as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Technical Council during from 2011 until recently. He was a member of the PES Executive Committee and Governing Board for four years, as the Vice-President of Publications, member of the Finance Committee, and Technical Activities Advisory Board during 2004-2007. His past activities include serving as the Regional 6 Representative and the Seattle Chapter Chair. He was Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Power Engineering Education Committee during 2000 – 2006. He also chaired several subcommittees, working groups and task forces in the T&D Committee and Power Systems Relaying Committee, in which he still serves as an active member. He was also the Vice- Chair of the 1992 Summer Power Meeting at Seattle, WA.
Prof. Venkata was a member of ECEDHA during 1996 to 2002. He continued his participation with it via NSF sponsored workshops. He served the Engineering Deans’ council during 2004 – 2005. He has a long standing association with NSF during his entire professional life. In March 2016 he received the ECEDHA Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award. He also received the IEEE PES Douglas M. Staszesky Distribution Automation Award in 2015. In 2000, he received the Third Millennium Award from the IEEE. In 1996, he received the Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award from the IEEE Power Engineering Society.
In his spare time, he enjoys doing volunteer service. He also loves to travel.


Distribution Automation became a reality in the early 1980s with the evolution of distribution control centers. The concept of microgrids and their automation followed suit and became a reality in the last decade. These dramatic changes occurred due to the integration of renewable energy sources, energy storage, and other related technologies. Source and load control at the distribution level are key requirements of the evolving system. These activities require distribution automation strategies that take advantage of available technologies, while promoting newer technologies. It is necessary to create a roadmap for holistic distribution automation strategies in a smarter grid. Sustainable and resilient grid development is a paradigm shift requiring a new line of thinking in the engineering, operation and maintenance of the power system. Distributed control architectures based on dynamic load and source data should be explored as a possible solution.
In this tutorial presentation, the first part will examine the tremendous progress made in smart grid automation due to innovative technologies, power and power electronic devices, sensors, faster communication systems, and computational paradigms. The presentation will then gravitate to the recent advances in microgrid automation. The emphasis is on all aspects: sensing, control, protection, switching to assure higher reliability, resilience, safety and reduced cost. Several on-going projects and their progress will also be explored. The goal of this presentation is to open the dialog with the audience for active interaction of Innovative ideas.


Josep Pou received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). He graduated first in the Bachelor graduating class, received the Master Degree with honours, and was awarded the outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award at UPC.
In 1990, he joined the faculty of UPC as an Assistant Professor, where he became an Associate Professor in 1993. From 2003 to 2007, he was Director of the Power Quality and Renewable Energy (QuPER) group, and from 2007 to 2013 he was Director of the Terrassa Industrial Electronics Group (TIEG), both research groups at UPC. From February 2013 to August 2016, he was a Full Professor with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. In UNSW, he was technical research stream leader for the Solar Flagships Program Research Agenda, the result of AU$19-million investment from the Commonwealth Government of Australia in world class laboratories developed to study solar power conversion and its impact on the grid. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he is Program Director of Power Electronics at the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and co-Director of the Electrical Power Systems Integration Lab @ NTU (EPSIL@N), the electrical Rolls-Royce lab on NTU campus.
He spent two sabbatical years (2001 and 2005) as a Visiting Professor at the Center for Power Electronics Systems, Virginia Tech, USA, and one year (2012) at the Australian Energy Research Institute (AERI), UNSW, Sydney. He has authored over 230 published technical papers, is a co- inventor of 7 patents, and has been involved in several industrial projects and educational programs in the fields of power electronics and systems. He has authored one chapter of the book “Control Circuits in Power Electronics: Practical Issues in Design and Implementation,” (Ed. IET). He has received 6 scholarship and fellowship awards, including the prestigious Endeavour Research Fellowship Award, sponsored by the Australian Government.
He is IEEE Fellow, and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics.


The modular multilevel converter (MMC) is an advanced converter topology that is changing the scenario of high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems. The MMC was first proposed in 2003 by Marquardt, and since then it has been an important focus of research for industry and universities. A three-phase MMC is integrated by six arms (two per phase-leg), each of them involving many cascaded submodules. The MMC offers an expandable and redundant configuration capable of generating a large number of voltage levels operating with high efficiency and reduced switching losses. This tutorial will introduce the operation principles of the MMC and some recent research advances, including modulation techniques, capacitor voltage balancing and control techniques for the circulating currents.

7th International Conference on Power Systems, 2017 | December 21-23rd, Pune, India

Tutorial 1 :  Distributed Volt/Var control in medium voltage networks

                    Prof. Alberto Borghetti, 

                    Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering "Guglielmo Marconi", University of Bologna, Italy.

Tutorial 6 :   Wide Area Monitoring, Protection and Control

                      Prof. Vladimir Terzija, 

                      School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester.

Tutorial 4 :  Recent Advances in Smart Grid and Microgrid Automation

                     Dr. S. S. (Mani) Venkata, 

                     Affiliate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

ICPS 2017 |"pathways for grids of The future"

Tutorial 2 :  Advanced Power Systems Reliability and Resiliency

                    Prof. Vahid Madani, 

                    Technology Leader, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), USA.

Tutorial 5 :   Modular multilevel converter for HVDC transmission

                     Prof. Josep Pou, 

                     School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (NTU).