Ph.D. Dissertation Defense - Xiaochen Zhang

TitleMachine Learning and Big Data Analytics for Smart Grid


Dr. Santiago Grijalva, ECE, Chair , Advisor

Dr. Lukas Graber, ECE

Dr. Maryam Saeedifard, ECE

Dr. Ronald Harley, ECE

Dr. Duen Horng Chau, CSE


As numerous sensors, such as smart meters and PMUs, continue to be added to the grid, the emerging information collected is becoming a valuable source to researchers and grid operators who seek to conduct advanced analytics on the smart grid. This research combines the latest machine learning and big data analytics techniques with the domain knowledge of the smart grid to explore the added value of the emerging power system data. This research develops data-driven solutions for the most pressing issues, such as load modeling, demand side management, and distributed energy resource hosting capacity analysis. The dissertation provides a set of examples to illustrate how the smart grid may benefit from the emerging data. These examples cover a broad range of smart grid analyses and applications, including residential photovoltaic system detection, electrical vehicle charging demand modeling, time-variant load modeling, and hosting capacity analysis.

Event Details


  • Monday, July 24, 2017
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Room 408, Van Leer