Prof. Wenxin Liu

Operation and Control of Inverter-Interfaced Microgrids

Wenxin Liu

Lehigh University


September 20th, 2017



Power electronics based microgrids have advantages in terms of flexibility, reliability, and power density. However, such microgrids are hard to control due to reduced inertia, increased uncertainties, and wide range of operating conditions. In such systems, the strong physical couplings among subsystems (inverter-interfaced distributed generators) must be properly considered. Simply introducing existing control solutions in large-scale power systems and unmanned vehicles cannot provide expected performance. To fully unlock potentials of such systems, novel control solutions that are fast and accurate need to be developed. Related studies are important for both civilian smart grid and the high-performance military power systems. During Dr. Liu’s talk, he will introduce his recent work on upper-level microgrid operation, current work on lower-level AC/DC microgrids controls, and the advanced cyber-physical energy system test-bed that his group developed with fundamental components. One will see that there are significant opportunity with the cross-disciplinary research on microgrids. 



Dr. Wenxin Liu received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Controls from Northeastern University, China in 1996 and 2000, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. From 2005 to 2009, he was an Assistant Scholar Scientist with the Center for Advanced Power Systems at Florida State University. He was an Assistant Professor with the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University between 2009 and 2014. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Lehigh University. He has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals/transactions and received over $2 million research funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, etc. He was named ConocoPhillips Faculty Fellow in 2011, received the Dean's Recognition Award in 2012, received the Early Career Award in 2013, and awarded the P.C. Rossin professorship in 2016. He is currently an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics.





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Important Dates


September  20-22, 2017 

Workshops/Tutorial Courses:

September  18-19, 2017

Full Manuscript:

June 9, 2017 Extended to July 28, 2017  

Review Notification:

Before August 11, 2017

Final Revised manuscript:

August  18, 2017