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[CCICADA-announce] DIMACS/CCICADA Workshop on Cascading Failures of Power Transmission Systems: Models and Algorithms

Linda Casals lindac at
Thu Jan 10 10:27:23 EST 2013

DIMACS/CCICADA Workshop on Cascading Failures of Power 
     Transmission Systems: Models and Algorithms

   February 23, 2013
   DIMACS Center, CoRE Building, Rutgers University

    Daniel Bienstock, Columbia University, dano at columbia dot edu 
    Michael Chertkov, Los Alamos National Lab, chertkov at    

Presented under the auspices of the Special Focus on Energy and
Algorithms and The Command, Control, and Interoperability Center 
for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA). 

Workshop Announcement:

Cascading failures of power grids are complex phenomena where an
initial, exogenously caused set of equipment outages can result in
power flows automatically rearranging themselves in such a way that
other pieces of equipment become overloaded, and fail. If this process
becomes self-sustaining it can cascade ('snowball') overwhelming
control attempts, and eventually resulting in large blackouts
affecting tens of millions of people, with large resulting cost, both
human and economic. Cascading failures have taken place several times
in the last decade, in the U.S. and Europe and elsewhere, typically
started by small-scale exogenous events but nevertheless leading to
large blackouts. Additionally, there is concern that an intelligent
and malevolent party could start a cascade by deliberately disabling
carefully chosen equipment (e.g. power lines, generators,
transformers) and thereby causing even larger failures. In this
workshop we focus on algorithmic techniques used to model cascading
failures both at a high level and at the level of the basic power

Call for Participation:

Talks are by invitation only.

Attendance at the workshop is open to all interested participants
(subject to space limitations). Please register to attend this

Workshop Program:

This is a preliminary program.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

 8:30 -  9:00  Breakfast and registration
 9:00  - 9:15  Opening Remarks

 9:15 - 10:00  Ian Dobson, University of Iowa                        

10:00 - 10:45  Chris De Marco, University of Wisconsin     
10:45 - 11:15  Break   

11:15 - 12:00  Kostya Turitsyn, MIT                                                        

12:00 - 12:45  Paul Hines, University of Vermont
12:45 -  2:15  Lunch               

 2:15 -  3:00  Daniel Bienstock, Columbia University

 3:00 -  3:45  Edmund Yeh, Northeastern University

Workshop web site:



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