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Smarter Energy: The Promise of Cyber-Physical Systems

Date and Time
Friday, March 30, 2012 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Computer Science Small Auditorium (Room 105)
Jennifer Rexford
This talk will review how the climate change problem is linked to the fossil-fuel energy problem, and overview various options for sustainable energy and their relative contributions. We then discuss smarter energy, and how sensing, networking, real-time analytics, actuation and control come together in a "cyber-physical" system. The talk will discuss key IBM Research and some commercial initiatives worldwide -- ranging from deep rainforest microgrids in Brunei, smart grid tomography in Australia, integration of fickle wind energy and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) in Denmark, context-sensitive "smart" demand-response systems for residential use.

Shivkumar Kalyanaraman is a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) & Senior Manager of the Next Gen Systems & Smarter Planet Solutions Department at IBM India Research Labs, Bangalore. He was previously a Manager of the Next Generation Telecom Research group and a Research Staff Member since 2008. He was a full Professor at the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He received a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in July 1993, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the Ohio State University in 1994 and 1997 respectively. He also holds an Executive M.B.A. (EMBA) degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2005). His current research in IBM is at the intersection of emerging wireless technologies and IBM middleware and systems technologies with applications to large-scale smarter planet problems (grids, traffic, finance etc). He was selected by MIT's Technology Review Magazine in 1999 as one of the top 100 young innovators for the new millenium. He served as the TPC Co-chair of IEEE INFOCOM 2008, and General co-chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2010 in New Delhi. He is on the editorial board of IEEE/ACM Transactions of Networking. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

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