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Professor Daniel Kirschen

Daniel S. Kirschen was appointed Close Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2011. From 1994 to 2010, he was Professor of Electrical Energy Systems and Head of the Electrical Energy and Power Systems research group at the University of Manchester in the UK. Prior to joining the academic world, he worked for Control Data Corporation and Siemens-Empros on the development of advanced application software for electric utilities. More information.

Professor Ian Hiskens

Dr. Hiskens is the Vennema Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. From 1980 to 1992, he was with the Queensland Electricity Supply Industry, where he held the positions of EMS Security Applications Engineer and Planning Engineer Transmission Systems. From 1992 to 1999, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia, from 1999 to 2002 a Visiting Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and from 2002 to 2008 a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More information


Dr. Hrvoje Pandzic

Dr. Hrvoje Pandzic started his post doctoral research at the University of Washington in May 2012. He is a researcher at the project Energy Positioning: Control and Economics. Hrvoje received his Masters and PhD degrees with the University of Zagreb in 2007 and 2011, respectively. His fields of interest include power system analysis, planning and maintenance, as well as optimization techniques. He is a member of IEEE.


Dr. Mengran Xue

Dr. Mengran Xue received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University, in 2007 and 2012 respectively. She currently works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Prof. Ian A. Hiskens at the University of Michigan. Her research is focused on uncertainty modeling and evaluation in complex networks, with applications to power networks, aerospace systems, and others.


Ting Qui

Ting Qiu joined the REAL lab in Fall 2011 as a Ph.D. student. She received her M.Sc. degree in System Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University. Her master research focused on the modeling and solving of economic dispatch problem in power systems with integral constrains. Currently, she is working on the project Energy Positioning: Control and Economics. Her research interests include security constrained unit commitment, energy storage system sizing and sitting in power system.


Mads Almassalkhi

Mads R. Almassalkhi was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering with a dual major in applied mathematics from the University of Cincinnati, USA, in 2008, and an M.S. in electrical engineering (systems) from the University of Michigan in 2010, where he is currently a Ph.D Candidate and expects to graduate in May 2013. His research is dedicated to modeling, optimization, and control of power systems. He is a member of IEEE.


Yishen Wang

Yishen joined the REAL lab in Fall 2011 as a Ph.D. student. He received his B.Eng degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University. His undergraduate thesis focused on the analysis of different management modes of pumped storage units for the local grid and wind integration. His current research interests are using wind forecast to characterize the wind uncertainty considering various correlations and its application in integration studies. Yishen likes to find nice restaurants in the local area, and introduce them to his friends. In his spare time, he loves to spend his time in the sport field. Soccer and basketball are his favorite. In addition, he also enjoys relaxing with novels and movies.


Jennifer Felder

Jennifer Felder received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Renewable Electric Energy Systems from North Carolina State University in 2012. She is a PhD student at the University of Michigan, working with Prof. Ian Hiskens. Her current research is focused on the application of distributed model predictive control to power system networks.