Steven Low, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, is a recipient of a 2011 Okawa Foundation Research Grant for his research project entitled "Uncertainty Mitigation for Renewable Energy Integration". This prize honors top young researchers working in the fields of information and telecommunications.
The key to a reliable, safe, clean, perpetual, and low-cost energy future is the successful reduction and mitigation of the uncertainty of renewable generation. Our goal is to solve some of the bottleneck problems in communication, control, and optimization for uncertainty mitigation. Specifically, we will develop mathematical models and algorithms for the real-time monitoring and control of the future smart grid, and design communication protocols necessary for the implementation of these algorithms. We expect our research to produce theoretical foundations and practical algorithms that will help improve the stability, reliability, and efficiency of future grids as renewable penetration increases.