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Graph Theory and the Power Grid
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
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Power companies need to continuously monitor their power distribution grid to be able to adjust supply and demand, correct for problems and protect against attacks. One method of monitoring the grid is using Phasor Measurement Units, PMUs, at strategic points in the grid. PMUs measure current, voltage and phase angle at the points where they are installed, and remotely through GPS synchronization and Kirchoff’s Laws. Since PMUs are expensive, an optimum placement is an engineering challenge. One technique used to determine the optimum number and locations of PMUs is to model the electric grid as a graph and use graph theory to determine a theoretically optimum solutions. The graph theory game of power domination was created to solve this problem. I will show you how this game is played and show how power domination is connected to many other challenging mathematics from linear algebra to control of quantum systems.

Cost Free
Location UST Center for Science and Health Professions
Address

4110 Yoakum Blvd
Houston, TX
77006

Contact

Arati N. Pati, PhD
patia@stthom.edu

Sponsored By UST Math Club
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