Vijay Venu Vadlamudi
Background and activities
I am currently working as Associate Professor in Electric Power System Operation and Reliability Analysis at the Department of Electric Power Engineering, NTNU. I am affiliated to the research group Power System Operation and Analysis (PSOA). I served as the Deputy Head of Department (Education) from August 2017 - March 2021. In 2022, I was elected to serve as a representative of the Department's permanent scientific staff (Professors / Associate Professors / Lecturers / Researchers) in the Department's Leader Group. Since 2022, I am a part of the management of The Norwegian Smartgrid Centre, in capacity as Specialist on Electric Power Grid ('fagansvarlig - nett').
Background: I obtained my M. Tech. and Ph. D. degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India, in 2006 and 2011, respectively. I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Electric Power Engineering, NTNU, from 2011-2015. Prior to this, I was a visiting researcher at the Power Systems Research Group, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 2010-2011. Over the course of my professional career, I received a number of research and teaching awards, and have been active in learned societies such as IEEE and CIGRE. I am on the Editorial Board of the journal IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution since 2016, and am serving as Subject Editor for the field of Power System Reliability since 2018. In 2021, I was elevated to the grade of Senior Member - IEEE.
My areas of research interest include:
- Reliability and Risk – based Power System Operation and Planning Practices
- Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power System Analysis
- Reliability – based Appraisal of Smart Grid Challenges and Realisation
- Resource Adequacy in Electricity Markets
- Electrical Energy Informatics
Leadership Experience at NTNU
- When I began working as Deputy Head of Department (HoD) in August 2017, the responsibilities the role entailed were not yet formalized; throughout the nearly four years that followed, I gave a vision, shape and definition to all the various responsibilities that a Deputy HoD (Education) ought to have, in matters pertaining to the ensuring of quality of education.
- As Deputy HoD, I led discussions with colleagues on policy aspects and support mechanisms for effective educational (learning and teaching) practices at the Department, especially through the conduct of regular Teachers' Meetings. Together with the Head of Department, I was instrumental in the reorganization of the Department, the development of a common vision, strategic staffing, and the creation of transparent resource allocation protocols for fair and equitable distribution of workload among the permanent scientific staff, among other initiatives. Further, I am passionately invested in the overall learning process of the student, exploring innovation and excellence in teaching and supervision.
- From January 2019 – September 2020, I was the project leader, responsible for the planning, design and execution of necessary steps to get a new cross-departmental three-year Bachelors Study Programme titled ‘Electrification and Digitalisation’ established at the Department of Electric Power Engineering, NTNU. The proposal was formally approved by the University Board of NTNU in October 2020, and the study programme has been operational from Autumn 2021.
(For detailed information related to my professional experience, please refer to the attached CV).
In the beginning, my admiration towards the stimulating aspects of Science and Technology were driven more by curiosity than by any hope of unraveling the seemingly inexplicable. And then followed the determined efforts for a systematic and logical pursuit of the facts. In course of this journey, the guidance and encouragement of my teachers and mentors, which were laden with ingenuity, patience and concern, sowed in me a dream: that of being a teacher and mentor myself. With my role models in place thus through their compelling impact, I am intent on architecting my own journey further, towards mentoring the future engineers/teachers/researchers.
Teaching is my passion, and research broadens my horizons of knowledge and competency. Below is a list of some of the courses I teach/taught in:
- Infrastructure for Energy Transmission and Distribution (Infrastruktur for energitransport) TET4155 (Course Instructor - earlier editions)
- Power System Analysis TET4115 (Course Coordinator & Instructor)
- Power System Analysis 1 TET4105 (Instructor - first edition)
- Advanced Power System Analysis ELK16 (Course Coordinator & Instructor - earlier editions)
- Experts in Teamwork TET4853 (2017) (Leader, Theme: Sustainable Energy and Society)
- Quality of Supply in Electrical Power Systems ELK10 (Guest lectures, earlier editions)
- Power System Reliability ET8207 (Course Coordinator & Instructor)
- Specialization Projects at the Dept. of Electric Power Engineering (Coordinator - earlier editions)
- Master Projects at the Dept. of Electric Power Engineering (Coordinator - earlier editions)
Problem domain of my research, and its importance as I view it:
The current research focus across the world in power systems is on the resulting technical and economic challenges brought on by embracing smarter design and operating paradigms of power systems. However, an equally imminent need is being widely and rapidly acknowledged, which explicitly deals with power system reliability as an objective rather than as a constraint. In this regard, probabilistic frameworks are vital to the consequent reliability studies, whose results can in turn lead to the adoption of risk and reliability based power system operation and planning practices.
My main research vision:
I harbor a research vision, which seeks to address the following questions:
“How can security of power systems be realized through the application of probabilistic methods? What can be done to advance the theoretical and practical knowledge frontiers in the field of power system reliability in better handling uncertainties? What research contributions will enable power system planners and operators to embrace a probabilistic reliability management methodology in practice?”
Presently, I am supervising the following PhD students:
- Mostafa Barani ("Reliability Studies in ICT-dominated Power Systems")
- Sondre Johan Kjellin Berg ("Optimal Design, Operation and Control of Microgrids for Security of Supply")
- Jordon Ashley Grant ("Risk and Vulnerability Prognosis for Power System
Development and Asset Management")
- Matias Kraft Vistnes ("Resilient and Probabilistic Reliability Management of the Transmission Grid")
I am also the designated co-supervisor for Fredrik Bakkevig Haugli ("Distributed and Centralized Control to Support Smart Grid Operation with High Quality in a Cost-efficient Way"), Marthe Fogstad Dynge ("Blockchain Technology and Optimization Algorithms for the Future Local Energy Market"), and Ugur Halden ("Electrical Energy Informatics for Transactive Energy and Flexibility Mechanisms at Power System Transmission and Distribution Levels").
- Salman Zaferanlouei, Hossein Farahmand, Vijay Venu Vadlamudi, and Magnus Korpås, “BATTPOWER Toolbox: Memory-Efficient and High-Performance Multi-Period AC Optimal Power Flow Solver,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 36, No. 5, pp. 3921-3937, Sep. 2021.
- Mostafa Barani, Vijay Venu Vadlamudi, and Poul E. Heegaard, “Reliability Analysis of Cyber-Physical Microgrids: Study of Grid-Connected Microgrids with Communication-Based Control Systems,” IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 645-663, Feb. 2021.
- Sondre Johan Kjellin Berg, Fredrik T. B. W. Göthner, Vijay Venu Vadlamudi, and Dimosthenis Peftitsis, “Investigation of the Effect of Operating Conditions on Reliability of DC-link Capacitors in Microgrids”, IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands, Oct. 2020, pp. 1-5.
- Sondre Johan Kjellin Berg, Fredrik T. B. W. Göthner, Vijay Venu Vadlamudi, and Dimosthenis Peftitsis, “The Effect of Non-optimal Operating Conditions on Reliability of Inverters in Microgrids”, IEEE 11th International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Sep./Oct. 2020, pp. 1-5.
- Book Chapter: “DC and AC Contingency Solvers in Composite Power System Adequacy Assessment” published in the book titled “Advances in RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety) Engineering,” 2020, Springer, ISBN 978-3-030-36517-2. (Chapter authors: Øystein Stake Laengen and Vijay Venu Vadlamudi)
- Vijay Venu Vadlamudi and Gerard Doorman, “Interconnector Participation in Capacity Mechanisms: A New De-rating Approach,” Proc. 14th Intl. Conference on the European Energy Market, Dresden, Germany, Jun. 2017, pp. 1-6.
- PACME Working Group of the IEEE PES RRPA Subcommittee, “Research on Common-Mode and Dependent (CMD) Outage Events in Power Systems– A Review,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 1528-1536, Mar. 2017.
- Vijay Venu Vadlamudi, Camille Hamon, Oddbjørn Gjerde, Gerd Kjølle, and Samuel Perkin, “On Improving Data and Models on Corrective Control Failures for Use in Probabilistic Reliability Management,” Proc. 14th Intl. Conference on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems, Beijing, China, Oct. 2016, pp. 1-6.
- Oddbjørn Gjerde, Gerd Kjølle, Sigurd Jakobsen, and Vijay Venu Vadlamudi, “Enhanced Method for Reliability of Supply Assessment – An Integrated Approach,” Proc. 19th Power Systems Computation Conference, Genoa, Italy, Jun. 2016, pp. 1-7.
- Book Chapter: “Reliability-Centric Studies in Smart Grids: Adequacy and Vulnerability Considerations” published in the book titled “Reliability Modeling and Analysis of Smart Power Systems,” 2014, Springer, ISBN 978-81-322-1797-8. (Chapter authors: Vijay Venu Vadlamudi, Rajesh Karki, Gerd Kjølle, and Kjell Sand.)
- Technical Report: Vijay Venu Vadlamudi, Oddbjørn Gjerde, and Gerd Kjølle, “The Impact of Protection Systems on Power System Reliability,” SINTEF Energy Research Technical Report TR A7439, Norway, Nov. 2014.
- Vijay Venu Vadlamudi, Oddbjørn Gjerde, and Gerd Kjølle, “Impact of Substation Configuration on Protection System Failure Propagation and its Effect on Reliability of Supply,” Proc. 18th Power Systems Computation Conference, Wroclaw, Poland, Aug. 2014, pp. 1-8.
- Vijay Venu Vadlamudi, Oddbjørn Gjerde, and Gerd Kjølle, “Impact of Protection System Reliability on Power System Reliability: A New Minimal Cutset Approach,” Proc. 13th Intl. Conference on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems, Durham, United Kingdom, Jul. 2014, pp. 1-6.
- Vijay Venu Vadlamudi and Rajesh Karki, “Reliability-based Appraisal of Smart Grid Challenges and Realization,” Proc. IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, San Diego, USA, Jul. 2012, pp. 1-7.
- V. Vijay Venu and A. K. Verma, “A Probabilistic Transmission Pricing Methodology Considering Transmission Reliability Margins,” International Journal of Systems Assurance Engineering and Management, Vol. 1. No. 2, pp. 113-119, Jun. 2010.
- ET8207 - Power System Reliability
- TET4920 - Electric Power Systems, Master's Thesis
- TET4900 - Electric Power and Energy Systems, Master's Thesis
- ET6205 - The distribution grid of the future
- TET4205 - Power System Analysis 2
- TET4510 - Electrical Energy and Power Systems, Specialisation Project
- TET4105 - Power System Analysis 1