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STI - 2 PhD positions at Automatic Control Laboratory

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STI - 2 PhD positions at Automatic Control Laboratory

STI - 2 PhD positions at Automatic Control Laboratory

2 PhD positions at Automatic Control Laboratory

Project title: Scalable Control Design for Microgrids

General description:
The goal is to maximize the flexibility of microgrids, by allowing generation and load nodes to enter/leave over time. For guaranteeing safe and reliable operations, flexibility must be mirrored in the microgrid control layers and PhD students will study methods for designing on-the-fly regulators of generation units and smart loads when they are plugged in or out, yet preserving fundamental properties of electric variables such as stability. These plug-and-play controllers will allow to build microgrids in a modular way and let them grow/shrink seamlessly over time. In absence or a reference structure, plug-and-play control synthesis must be complemented with formal proofs guaranteeing the realization of the desired emergent behaviors. The first PhD project will focus on islanded microgrids while the second one will consider grid-connected microgrid managed by aggregators. In the latter scenario, the goal is to design, in a plug-and-play fashion, energy management systems for letting the microgrid behave as a virtual power plant and deliver ancillary services to the main grid in a reliable manner.

Prospective PhD students should have :

  • a Master degree from a recognised university
  • a strong background in System and Control theory
  • creativity and motivation
  • excellent English language skills
  • basic knowledge in microgrids and power electronics will be a plus, although not essential.

Application procedure:
Prospective PhD students must apply to a doctoral program before starting their PhD at EPFL, see http://phd.epfl.ch/prospective.
For the doctoral program on Electrical Engineering (EDEE), application deadlines are January 15th, April 30th and September 15th.

For more information, see the online advertisement at http://la.epfl.ch/positions

Contact: Prof. Giancarlo Ferrari Trecate, giancarlo.ferraritrecate@epfl.ch