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Lecturer Section: Yan Zhang

Dr. Yan Zhang, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway

Dr. Yan Zhang, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway


Wireless Communications for Smart Grid




Smart grid is the next-generation power grid that will be realized with proactive usage of state-of-the-art technologies in the areas of communications, control, and computing. Greenness is one of the major motivations to develop and analyze smart grid. In a smart power grid, a wireless communications architecture plays a crucial role in improving energy-efficiency, sustainability, and stability.

This lecture opens by the introduction of smart power grid models and key concepts (e.g., microgrid, renewable energy resources, Vehicle-to-Grid). Then, we focus on smart grid area networks, including HAN, NAN, FAN, and WAN. Next, the lecture discusses different wireless communications technologies for the smart grid, including wireless sensor networks, machine-to-machine, cognitive radio, and long-range cellular networks. For each wireless communication technology, we will present its advantages, disadvantages, and applications in the smart grid. Finally, we present some recent research advances on communications support for demand response management for efficient power load scheduling.




Yan Zhang is currently senior research scientist at Simula Research Laboratory, Norway. He is an adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway.

He received the B.S. degree in communication engineering from the Nanjing University of Post and Telecommunications, China; the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China; and a PhD degree in School of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is an associate editor or guest editor of a number of international journals. He is currently serving the Book Series Editor for the book series on "Wireless Networks and Mobile Communications" (Auerbach Publications, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group). He serves as organizing committee chair for many international conferences. His recent research interests include smart grid communications and networking and machine-to-machine communications. He is a senior member of IEEE and IEEE ComSoc.