Electrical utilities around the world are increasingly volatile and vulnerable to attacks by nation-states, organized crime, terrorist groups and activists. Dr. Pirathayini Srikantha, Canada Research Chair in Reliable and Secure Power Grid Systems, aims to enhance the reliability of modern electricity grids.
She and her research team aim to provide electric power utility-controlled devices with the ability to automatically infer, predict and respond to adversarial or natural system disturbances. They are also designing trustworthy energy markets that encourage power producers and consumers to provide grid support during congestion and/or fault conditions. To realize these objectives, they are using artificial intelligence and transactive technologies to build upon Srikantha’s foundational contributions to smart distribution systems.