Plenary Speakers

Dr. Robson de Oliveira Albuquerque – Professional at the Republic Presidency Staff – Brazil

Implementing Secure Software Defined Data Center

Abstract: This presentation deals with the application of modern software defined data center solutions and its implementation processes. These solutions converge the principles of modern data centers by applying infrastructure virtualization mechanisms considering a cyber security approach. It will be discussed security features that converge to data storage, network resource integration – using software-defined networking resources and computing, addressing the availability of secure applications and endpoints.


Short Bio: Robson de Oliveira Albuquerque holds a Phd in information systems from University Complutense of Madrid (Spain 2016) and a doctor degree in electrical engineering from University of Brasília (Brazil 2008). He concluded advanced studies (DEA) at University Complutense of Madrid (2007) and his master degree in electrical engineering from University of Brasília (2003). He has a MBA degree in computer networks from Educational Union of Brasília (2001) and graduated in computer science at Catholic University of Brasília (1999). He is a researcher at University of Brasília and member of GASS research group at University Complutense of Madrid. His fields of interest and research include Cyber, Network and Information Security, Distributed Systems and Computer Networks.

Dr. Nelson Martins – Research at the Electrical Energy Research Center – CEPEL/ELETROBRÁS  – Brazil

“Challenges facing the Brazilian modern power systems engineer and the global engineering profession”

From Smart Grids to long-distance UHV transmission; Renewable and distributed generation ; Sustainable energy matrix and transmission expansion; Safe interconnected system operation and associated costs; Cyber, natural and human threats; Ensuring system security, minimum
inertia and resilience; Energy storage; the HVDC Multi-Infeed configuration of today; System dynamics, protection, supervision and control opportunities; Regulatory and market Issues; R&D+I issues; High technology engineering solutions amidst/for the extremely poor – the
dilemma; University & Research Center collaboration; Educating the new power system engineer for the Grand Challenges of the XXI century.

Nelson Martins, BSc. (1972), PhD. (1978), in Electrical Engineering, works at CEPEL (Brazilian Electrical Energy Research Center). Committee activities: IEEE-PES Power System Dynamic Performance and CIGRE SC-C2, SC-C4 and SC-B4. His main areas of interest: small-signal stability, large-scale eigenvalue methods, PSS, FACTS, HVDC controller design, power system harmonics, model order reduction, blackouts and system restoration. He co-authored 52 journal papers (IEEE-TPWRS, IEEE-TPWRD, IET-GTD, SIAM-SISC and Linear Algebra and Applications), plus conference papers and a book chapter, having an h-index 21. Past-chair of CIGRE taskforces 38.02.16 and C4.602, editor of “Interaction among Power System Controls” (CIGRE Brochure-166, August 2000) and “Coordinated Voltage Control in Transmission Networks” (CIGRE Brochure-310, February 2007), received “CIGRE Technical Committee Award” (2007). He co-supervised 30 graduate students, delivered talks and brief courses on power system dynamics in 20 countries, receiving IEEE/PES and CIGRE awards for outstanding papers and reports. In 2010 he received the Presidential Award for Scientific Merit by the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology. In 2015 he was elected member of the US and Brazilian national academies of engineering and received the 2015 IEEE PES Prabha Kundur Power System Dynamics and Control Award. He chaired the Power System Stability Control Subcommittee (2003-2007), the Small Signal Stability Focus Group (1998-2003) and the TF on Power System Restoration Dynamics (2007-2013), having produced a compendium on power system restoration that is available at the PES Resource Center. He organized three PES GM panels on power system stabilizer design and applications and another three on system restoration issues. He served on the IEEE PES Fellows committee from 2002-2004 and again from 2009-2011 and is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE. Nelson is a leading expert in power system dynamics and control and modal analysis, with significant contributions to his credit: (1) He is the principal architect of one of the world’s three software application tools to examine oscillatory behavior in large power systems, detect undamped oscillations that could lead to cascading blackouts and promote their cost-effective damping control. (2) He developed novel sparse algorithms for the efficient computation of system poles, transfer function zeros and pole residues to optimally place controllers in large power systems and determine their tuning. (3) He co-developed the algorithms of a widely used harmonic distortion analysis and model order reduction tool for power systems. (4) Under Nelson’s leadership, a sequence of field tests was designed and implemented for large hydroelectric plants. (5)He was an active member of the “IEEE TF on Blackout Experience, Mitigation, and Role of New Technologies”, and received the IEEE PES Technical Committee WG Recognition Award in 2009. (6) In 2013, together with J. Rommes and F. D. Freitas, he received the IEEE PES Technical Committee Prize Paper Award for the publication “Computing Rightmost Eigenvalues for Small-Signal Stability Assessment of Large Scale Power Systems”, IEEE TPWRS, Vol. 25, No. 2, May 2010, pages 929-938.

Prof. Dr. Katia Campos de Almeida – Professor at Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) – Brazil

Approximation Methods for Power System Analysis

Power system steady state operation is mathematically represented by a set of nonlinear equations. The complexity of these equations leads to difficulties in solving many problems encountered in power system operation and planning, in particular optimization problems. A number of approximation methods have been recently developed to simplify the resolution of such problems. The talk focuses on three techniques: semidefinite programming, second order conic programming and piecewise linearization. It discusses the main idea behind each technique and its potential applications to power system studies.


Katia Campos de Almeida received her Bs.C. degree (1983) from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, the M.Sc. degree (1987) from the State University of Campinas and Ph.D. degree (1995) from McGill University, Canada, all in electrical engineering. She was a visiting fellow in the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, from August/2010 to July/2011. Since 1995, she has been with the Electrical Engineering Department of Federal University of Santa Catarina, where is currently a Professor. Her research interests are in power system analysis and optimization.