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Kevin Tomsovic

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UT

Biography

Dr. Kevin Tomsovic received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, in 1982 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1984 and 1987, respectively. Currently, he is the CTI Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Visiting University positions have included Boston University, Boston, MA; National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, R.O.C.; National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, R.O.C.; and the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He was on the faculty of Washington State University from 1992-2008. He held the Advanced Technology for Electrical Energy Chair at Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan, from 1999 to 2000, and was an NSF program director in the ECS division of the engineering directorate from 2004 to 2006.

His research focuses on the development of optimization and intelligent system methods for large complex engineered systems, primarily the electric power system. The power system consists of a vast array of devices that interact, directly through electrical connection and indirectly through information processing.  The engineering concerns are how to design and operate this system to meet economic, reliability and social objectives and how to  model the interactions between the flow of information, the physical system phenomena, and the desired performance. Modern optimization and intelligent system methods show promise in their ability to address the complexities and uncertainties inherent in such large scale systems. Regulatory changes, introducing competition and the open energy markets, along with technological developments, such as, improved power electronics and new alternative generation technologies, have created a number of new interesting challenges and the possibility of a fundamentally different power grid.


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