Work on Helping to Improve Load Forecasting During COVID-19

We recently posted a preprint Using Mobility for Load Forecasting During the COVID-19 Pandemic on Arxiv. We proposed a novel load forecasting method to use the mobility data and transfer learning to help forecast the volatile load during the pandemic. We hope such method would ease the burden for utilities and system operators during the difficult times. Check out the open-source code and dataset here!

 

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INFORMS 2019

Felt great to attend a local INFORMS annual meeting in Seattle last week! Got to know some very interesting and new research in optimization, energy systems and learning, and got to meet with some old friends.

E-Energy Best Paper Runner-Up

Great honor to get the 2nd Best Paper award at this year’s E-Energy Conference in Phoenix! Trying to advocate more rigorous analysis when applying machine learning/forecasting techniques in power systems. See our paper here!

Also great to attend FCRC 2019! Learned a lot from other venues other than e-Energy such as Sigmetrics, EC and COLT.

Invited Talk at NetSci 2019

Thanks my previous advisor Prof. Yang-Yu Liu at Harvard for the invitation to give a talk at the Netsci conference satellite symposium “Controlling Complex Networks: When Control Theory Meets Network Science”. I showed our works on convex neural nets for control (slides here!). Summer in Vermont felt pretty good, and it felt good to visit many old friends in New England! Also felt honored to talk to groups at University of Vermont.

ACM e-Energy Paper on Vulnerabilities of Load Forecasting Algorithms

Our work Exploiting Vulnerabilities of Load Forecasting Through Adversarial Attacks was accepted at this year’s ACM e-Energy conference. We looked into the overlooked security issues on load forecasting, which is an essential step in power system operations. With only small attack efforts, severe damages could be made upon normal system operations.

Code is available here.

Sincere thanks for the travel grant given by the committee!